Thirty-one years ago today, President Ronald Reagan made his historic speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Though he received little support at the time, Reagan was determined to reduce the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenals.
“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace,” said Reagan. “Secretary General Gorbachev, if you seek peace — if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe — if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
President Donald Trump’s unprecedented meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was similarly focused on “denuclearization.” The summit ended with Trump and Kim signing a joint statement which documented the leaders’ mutual commitment to a “denuclearized and peaceful Korean Peninsula.”
“Having acknowledged that the U.S.–DPRK summit—the first in history—was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously,” read the statement.
On today’s show, Glenn Beck broke out the chalkboard to compare Reagan’s “pathway to peace” to the way things could play out with President Trump and North Korea.
“Reagan’s speech was the culmination of extremely contentious negotiations with a very dangerous adversary, well, actually two dangerous adversaries: the former Soviet Union and the press. The media and the government … doubted that any of this could work. The Democrats said he was being crazy and irresponsible,” said Glenn. “You can call it divine providence, you can just call Ronald Reagan a great negotiator, but … you can’t question the eventual result. Hostilities ceased and the Cold War ended. Now, I’m not calling President Trump Reagan, but the pathway to peace that The Gipper used might show us what could happen if things continue to play out the way they were going in North Korea.”
Watch the video clip above to get the details.
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