A Warning from an Old Friend

February 14, 2010

Lech Walesa, the first post-communist President of Poland, recently visited the United States. He has had some disturbing things to say about the direction the United States is headed in:

The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they’re getting weak. But they don’t lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope.

Together with Pope John Paul II, also a Pole, President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Walesa was instrumental in bringing freedom to Eastern Europe and in defeating communism and the Soviet Union. As a shipyard worker, Lech Walesa founded the Solidarity movement in the late 1970s that, a decade later, toppled communism in Poland.

It should give pause to all the advocates of ever larger government control of more and more aspects of our lives, that a man whose life’s work has been the advancement of human freedom sees the trends of the Obama administration as a devastating decline in the moral and political standing of the United States.

Here is a video of Walesa’s statement preceded by a brief introduction of Walesa by Glenn Beck:

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