August 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
“These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland. The values that have inspired other dissidents under Communist domination who’ve been willing to go into the gulag and suffer the torture of imprisonment because of their dissidence. They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must protect and preserve freedom here or it will not be passed on to our children and it will disappear everywhere in the world. Today the workers in Poland are showing a new generation how high is the price of freedom but also how much it is worth that price.”
- Ronald Reagan
- Source: video
- Context: There is a concerted effort by the Republican Party to break up the power of unions. In Wisconsin, Paul Ryan’s home state, Governor Scott Walker successfully limited the power of unions and survived a recall election by out spending his opponent. In this quote, Ronald Reagan emphasizes the importance of unions and collective bargaining within a democratic society and says that without them, freedom is lost.