It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

No, this is not a reference to the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper lyrics, but to President Ronald Reagan’s challenge to the former Soviet Union while standing by the Berlin wall, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.

This line of the speech was opposed and deleted multiple times by Reagan’s staff, including Colin Powell, before Reagan re-inserted it on June 12, 1987. It is a fascinating story of doing what is right when everyone opposes you. The background information....