Elita discreta pro România


Este elita formata din acele personalitati de exceptie si independente fata de sistemul de aici , dar care cunosc si inteleg Romania si problemele ei , sau chiar cunosc limba romana , inteleg spiritualitatea romaneasca si in mod dezinteresat , onest si responsabil fac pentru Romania poate mai mult decat reprezentatii ei formali si elitele ei oficiale :

Principele Charles, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, Catherine Durandin , Dennis Deletant , Tom Gallagher, Dr. Peter Gross , Jean Lauxerois , Katherine Verdery,, Steven van Groningen, Leslie Hawke.

joi, 28 martie 2013

Discurs asupra Imperiului Raului ( Evil Empire )

Revista IN LINIE DREAPTA a publicat recent un articol care semnaleaza implinirea a 30 de ani de la celebrul discurs al presedintelui Ronald Reagan ( "Evil  Empire" ) si traducerea integrala in romaneste  a discursului  care a pus adevaratul diagnostic al comunismului si al URSS : 

Mihaela Barbus30 de ani de la discursul lui Reagan asupra Imperiului Răului

Discursul original este prezentat integral mai jos : 

Evil Empire 
Ronald Reagan

Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National
Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida

March 8, 1983

Reverend clergy all, Senator Hawkins, distinguished members of the Florida congressional
delegation, and all of you:

I can't tell you how you have warmed my heart with your welcome. I'm delighted to be here

Those of you in the National Association of Evangelicals are known for your spiritual and
humanitarian work. And I would be especially remiss if I didn't discharge right now one personal
debt of gratitude. Thank you for your prayers. Nancy and I have felt their presence many times in
many ways. And believe me, for us they've made all the difference.
The other day in the East Room of the White House at a meeting there, someone asked me
whether I was aware of all the people out there who were praying for the President. And I had to
say, ``Yes, I am. I've felt it. I believe in intercessionary prayer.'' But I couldn't help but say to that
questioner after he'd asked the question that -- or at least say to them that if sometimes when he
was praying he got a busy signal, it was just me in there ahead of him. [Laughter] I think I
understand how Abraham Lincoln felt when he said, ``I have been driven many times to my
knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.''

From the joy and the good feeling of this conference, I go to a political reception. [Laughter]
Now, I don't know why, but that bit of scheduling reminds me of a story -- [laughter] -- which I'll
share with you.

An evangelical minister and a politician arrived at Heaven's gate one day together. And St. Peter,
after doing all the necessary formalities, took them in hand to show them where their quarters
would be. And he took them to a small, single room with a bed, a chair, and a table and said this
was for the clergyman. And the politician was a little worried about what might be in store for
him. And he couldn't believe it then when St. Peter stopped in front of a beautiful mansion with
lovely grounds, many servants, and told him that these would be his quarters.

And he couldn't help but ask, he said, ``But wait, how -- there's something wrong -- how do I get
this mansion while that good and holy man only gets a single room?'' And St. Peter said, ``You
have to understand how things are up here. We've got thousands and thousands of clergy. You're
the first politician who ever made it.'' [Laughter]

But I don't want to contribute to a stereotype. [Laughter] So, I tell you there are a great many
God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And,
yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us
into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself, is grounded in the much deeper realization that
freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought and humbly accepted.

The American experiment in democracy rests on this insight. Its discovery was the great triumph
of our Founding Fathers, voiced by William Penn when he said: ``If we will not be governed by
God, we must be governed by tyrants.'' Explaining the inalienable rights of men, Jefferson said,
``The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.'' And it was George Washington
who said that ``of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and
morality are indispensable supports.''

And finally, that shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put
it eloquently after he had gone on a search for the secret of America's greatness and genius -- and
he said: ``Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with
righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. . . . America is good.
And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.''

Well, I'm pleased to be here today with you who are keeping America great by keeping her good.
Only through your work and prayers and those of millions of others can we hope to survive this
perilous century and keep alive this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man.

I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the
greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods,
communities -- the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect
for the rule of law under God.

Now, I don't have to tell you that this puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a
prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried
and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well
intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while
they proclaim that they're freeing us from superstitions of the past, they've taken upon
themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their
voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority.

An example of that vocal superiority is evident in a controversy now going on in Washington.
And since I'm involved, I've been waiting to hear from the parents of young America. How far
are they willing to go in giving to government their prerogatives as parents?

Let me state the case as briefly and simply as I can. An organization of citizens, sincerely
motivated and deeply concerned about the increase in illegitimate births and abortions involving
girls well below the age of consent, sometime ago established a nationwide network of clinics to
offer help to these girls and, hopefully, alleviate this situation. Now, again, let me say, I do not
fault their intent. However, in their well-intentioned effort, these clinics have decided to provide
advice and birth control drugs and devices to underage girls without the knowledge of their

For some years now, the Federal Government has helped with funds to subsidize these clinics. In
providing for this, the Congress decreed that every effort would be made to maximize parental
participation. Nevertheless, the drugs and devices are prescribed without getting parental consent
or giving notification after they've done so. Girls termed ``sexually active'' -- and that has
replaced the word ``promiscuous'' -- are given this help in order to prevent illegitimate birth or

Well, we have ordered clinics receiving Federal funds to notify the parents such help has been
given. One of the Nation's leading newspapers has created the term ``squeal rule'' in
editorializing against us for doing this, and we're being criticized for violating the privacy of
young people. A judge has recently granted an injunction against an enforcement of our rule. I've
watched TV panel shows discuss this issue, seen columnists pontificating on our error, but no
one seems to mention morality as playing a part in the subject of sex.

Is all of Judeo-Christian tradition wrong? Are we to believe that something so sacred can be
looked upon as a purely physical thing with no potential for emotional and psychological harm?
And isn't it the parents' right to give counsel and advice to keep their children from making
mistakes that may affect their entire lives?

Many of us in government would like to know what parents think about this intrusion in their
family by government. We're going to fight in the courts. The right of parents and the rights of
family take precedence over those of Washington-based bureaucrats and social engineers.

But the fight against parental notification is really only one example of many attempts to water
down traditional values and even abrogate the original terms of American democracy. Freedom
prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our
Founding Fathers passed the first amendment, they sought to protect churches from government
interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the
concept of religious belief itself.

The evidence of this permeates our history and our government. The Declaration of
Independence mentions the Supreme Being no less than four times. ``In God We Trust'' is
engraved on our coinage. The Supreme Court opens its proceedings with a religious invocation.
And the Members of Congress open their sessions with a prayer. I just happen to believe the
schoolchildren of the United States are entitled to the same privileges as Supreme Court Justices
and Congressmen.

Last year, I sent the Congress a constitutional amendment to restore prayer to public schools.
Already this session, there's growing bipartisan support for the amendment, and I am calling on
the Congress to act speedily to pass it and to let our children pray.

Perhaps some of you read recently about the Lubbock school case, where a judge actually ruled
that it was unconstitutional for a school district to give equal treatment to religious and
nonreligious student groups, even when the group meetings were being held during the students'
own time. The first amendment never intended to require government to discriminate against
religious speech. Senators Denton and Hatfield have proposed legislation in the Congress on the whole question of prohibiting discrimination against religious forms of student speech. Such legislation could go
far to restore freedom of religious speech for public school students. And I hope the Congress
considers these bills quickly. And with your help, I think it's possible we could also get the
constitutional amendment through the Congress this year.

More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of 50 States
statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up
to 1\1/2\ million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day
pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven
that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness must be protected.

You may remember that when abortion on demand began, many, and, indeed, I'm sure many of
you, warned that the practice would lead to a decline in respect for human life, that the
philosophical premises used to justify abortion on demand would ultimately be used to justify
other attacks on the sacredness of human life -- infanticide or mercy killing. Tragically enough,
those warnings proved all too true. Only last year a court permitted the death by starvation of a
handicapped infant.

I have directed the Health and Human Services Department to make clear to every health care
facility in the United States that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects all handicapped persons
against discrimination based on handicaps, including infants. And we have taken the further step
of requiring that each and every recipient of Federal funds who provides health care services to
infants must post and keep posted in a conspicuous place a notice stating that ``discriminatory
failure to feed and care for handicapped infants in this facility is prohibited by Federal law.'' It
also lists a 24-hour, toll-free number so that nurses and others may report violations in time to
save the infant's life.

In addition, recent legislation introduced in the Congress by Representative Henry Hyde of
Illinois not only increases restrictions on publicly financed abortions, it also addresses this whole
problem of infanticide. I urge the Congress to begin hearings and to adopt legislation that will
protect the right of life to all children, including the disabled or handicapped.

Now, I'm sure that you must get discouraged at times, but you've done better than you know,
perhaps. There's a great spiritual awakening in America, a renewal of the traditional values that
have been the bedrock of America's goodness and greatness.

One recent survey by a Washington-based research council concluded that Americans were far
more religious than the people of other nations; 95 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief
in God and a huge majority believed the Ten Commandments had real meaning in their lives.
And another study has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of
adultery, teenage sex, pornography, abortion, and hard drugs. And this same study showed a
deep reverence for the importance of family ties and religious belief.

I think the items that we've discussed here today must be a key part of the Nation's political
agenda. For the first time the Congress is openly and seriously debating and dealing with the
prayer and abortion issues -- and that's enormous progress right there. I repeat: America is in the
midst of a spiritual awakening and a moral renewal. And with your Biblical keynote, I say today,
``Yes, let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.''

Now, obviously, much of this new political and social consensus I've talked about is based on a
positive view of American history, one that takes pride in our country's accomplishments and
record. But we must never forget that no government schemes are going to perfect man. We
know that living in this world means dealing with what philosophers would call the
phenomenology of evil or, as theologians would put it, the doctrine of sin.

There is sin and evil in the world, and we're enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose
it with all our might. Our nation, too, has a legacy of evil with which it must deal. The glory of
this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. For example, the long
struggle of minority citizens for equal rights, once a source of disunity and civil war, is now a
point of pride for all Americans. We must never go back. There is no room for racism, antiSemitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country.

I know that you've been horrified, as have I, by the resurgence of some hate groups preaching
bigotry and prejudice. Use the mighty voice of your pulpits and the powerful standing of your
churches to denounce and isolate these hate groups in our midst. The commandment given us is
clear and simple: ``Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.''

But whatever sad episodes exist in our past, any objective observer must hold a positive view of
American history, a history that has been the story of hopes fulfilled and dreams made into
reality. Especially in this century, America has kept alight the torch of freedom, but not just for
ourselves but for millions of others around the world.

And this brings me to my final point today. During my first press conference as President, in
answer to a direct question, I pointed out that, as good Marxist-Leninists, the Soviet leaders have
openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is that which will further their
cause, which is world revolution. I think I should point out I was only quoting Lenin, their
guiding spirit, who said in 1920 that they repudiate all morality that proceeds from supernatural
ideas -- that's their name for religion -- or ideas that are outside class conceptions. Morality is
entirely subordinate to the interests of class war. And everything is moral that is necessary for
the annihilation of the old, exploiting social order and for uniting the proletariat.

Well, I think the refusal of many influential people to accept this elementary fact of Soviet
doctrine illustrates an historical reluctance to see totalitarian powers for what they are. We saw
this phenomenon in the 1930's. We see it too often today.

This doesn't mean we should isolate ourselves and refuse to seek an understanding with them. I
intend to do everything I can to persuade them of our peaceful intent, to remind them that it was
the West that refused to use its nuclear monopoly in the forties and fifties for territorial gain and which now proposes 50-percent cut in strategic ballistic missiles and the elimination of an entire
class of land-based, intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

At the same time, however, they must be made to understand we will never compromise our
principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our
belief in God. And we will never stop searching for a genuine peace. But we can assure none of
these things America stands for through the so-called nuclear freeze solutions proposed by some.

The truth is that a freeze now would be a very dangerous fraud, for that is merely the illusion of
peace. The reality is that we must find peace through strength.

I would agree to a freeze if only we could freeze the Soviets' global desires. A freeze at current
levels of weapons would remove any incentive for the Soviets to negotiate seriously in Geneva
and virtually end our chances to achieve the major arms reductions which we have proposed.
Instead, they would achieve their objectives through the freeze.

A freeze would reward the Soviet Union for its enormous and unparalleled military buildup. It
would prevent the essential and long overdue modernization of United States and allied defenses
and would leave our aging forces increasingly vulnerable. And an honest freeze would require
extensive prior negotiations on the systems and numbers to be limited and on the measures to
ensure effective verification and compliance. And the kind of a freeze that has been suggested
would be virtually impossible to verify. Such a major effort would divert us completely from our
current negotiations on achieving substantial reductions.

A number of years ago, I heard a young father, a very prominent young man in the entertainment
world, addressing a tremendous gathering in California. It was during the time of the cold war,
and communism and our own way of life were very much on people's minds. And he was
speaking to that subject. And suddenly, though, I heard him saying, ``I love my little girls more
than anything -- -- '' And I said to myself, ``Oh, no, don't. You can't -- don't say that.'' But I had
underestimated him. He went on: ``I would rather see my little girls die now, still believing in
God, than have them grow up under communism and one day die no longer believing in God.''

There were thousands of young people in that audience. They came to their feet with shouts of
joy. They had instantly recognized the profound truth in what he had said, with regard to the
physical and the soul and what was truly important.
Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness -- pray they
will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach
the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual
domination of all peoples on the Earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.

It was C. S. Lewis who, in his unforgettable ``Screwtape Letters,'' wrote: ``The greatest evil is
not done now in those sordid `dens of crime' that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in
concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and
ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do
not need to raise their voice.''

Well, because these ``quiet men'' do not ``raise their voices,'' because they sometimes speak in
soothing tones of brotherhood and peace, because, like other dictators before them, they're
always making ``their final territorial demand,'' some would have us accept them at their word
and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it
teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It
means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.

So, I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of
military and moral inferiority. You know, I've always believed that old Screwtape reserved his
best efforts for those of you in the church. So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze
proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride -- the temptation of blithely declaring
yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the
aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and
thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.

I ask you to resist the attempts of those who would have you withhold your support for our
efforts, this administration's efforts, to keep America strong and free, while we negotiate real and
verifiable reductions in the world's nuclear arsenals and one day, with God's help, their total

While America's military strength is important, let me add here that I've always maintained that
the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or
military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will
and faith.

Whittaker Chambers, the man whose own religious conversion made him a witness to one of the
terrible traumas of our time, the Hiss-Chambers case, wrote that the crisis of the Western World
exists to the degree in which the West is indifferent to God, the degree to which it collaborates in
communism's attempt to make man stand alone without God. And then he said, for MarxismLeninism is actually the second oldest faith, first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with the
words of temptation, ``Ye shall be as gods.''

The Western World can answer this challenge, he wrote, ``but only provided that its faith in God
and the freedom He enjoins is as great as communism's faith in Man.''

I believe we shall rise to the challenge. I believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter
in human history whose last pages even now are being written. I believe this because the source
of our strength in the quest for human freedom is not material, but spiritual. And because it
knows no limitation, it must terrify and ultimately triumph over those who would enslave their
fellow man. For in the words of Isaiah: ``He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no
might He increased strength. . . . But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary. . . .''

Yes, change your world. One of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, said, ``We have it within
our power to begin the world over again.'' We can do it, doing together what no one church could
do by itself.

God bless you, and thank you very much.

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