The plight of Chen Guangcheng has gripped the nation. The Chinese Dissident, a blind rights lawyer escaped house arrest in rural China and found his way to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for safe haven. He is an outspoken critic of the idea that a woman must undergo a forced abortion and sterilization to comply with China’s one child policy. Initially dropped off at a hospital and abandoned by the USA, it turns out that he will be able to bring his family to America to study. This is not enough. What about his supporters? What about those who helped him? President Obama can learn from Ronald Reagan’s devotion to liberty. An article from the Daily Beast states, “Chen can’t see, but in the chamber of his soul he’s heard that same voice of freedom. And now he pleads its cause for the people of China.”
Ronald Reagan cared so deeply for dissidents that he made “repeated personal contact with his Soviet counterparts to negotiate their release.” The article stated that “Ambassador Jack Matlock, Jr., who served in the Reagan administration and as the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, understood the genuine strategic importance Reagan placed on both personal liberty and liberality in the political order.” All Americans should stand behind Chen Guangcheng, whose determination is inspiring and indicative of what one person can accomplish.
Ronald Reagan was pro-life, anti-communist, pro-America, pro-constitution and pro-religious freedom. In his famous “evil empire” speech, he addresses all of these beliefs and demonstrates his love for America.
Here is a video of that speech, all Americans should watch and see that history does indeed repeat itself.