Quote Of The Day

“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary 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, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

—- Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987. West Berlin

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Donald Sensing says:

    And here we are 26 years later with the president of Russia, a former head of the Soviet KGB, lecturing the president of the US, a former Constitutional law instructor,

    that “civilized” countries can respect their citizens’ privacy while preventing terrorist attacks.

    Putin told the Kremlin-funded Russia Today television station that security and privacy goals can be accomplished as long as the government is following the law.

    Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/europe/304723-putin-lectures-obama-on-privacy