REAGAN AND RUSSIA:
During much of his life, President Ronald Reagan had a strong belief that Communism was not only wrong, but evil as well. Reagan thought that the eventual downfall of Russia would be its communist government and its slayer would be the righteousness of democracy. His views on Russia are clear throughout his career, even when his diplomatic attitude changed near the end of the Cold War. It is obvious that his main goal to defeat communism in Russia was for the world to embrace democracy. He says in his speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in 1983,
“I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority… So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride - the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.” (Gort n.d.)
Reagan is likewise noted for the quote, “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lennin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It’s is someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” (Cobin 1999) These remarks lead one to believe that President Reagan was a strong opponent to communism and its main embodiment, Russia. Throughout his political career, he made many speeches addressing the U.S. and world leaders of the danger of Russia. Regan developed his strong beliefs that Russia and its communist system were a polar opposite to the free and democratic West during three distinct phases of his life. These phases were: his early days as an actor in Hollywood; his early political career in the 1960s and 1970s; and during the period after he attained the Presidency.
Before becoming president, Reagan was a...