Twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall came down. Not exactly breaking news for my well-informed readers, but the significance of the event is hard to overstate. For five minutes of valuable reflection on the power of freedom with a stirring Beethoven soundtrack, check out this terrific video from the Competitive Enterprise Institute:
When the wall dividing Communist East Berlin from free West Berlin fell, I was in 7th grade. I then had some small sense of the historic nature of the event, but through the past two decades of personal experience and historical perspective my appreciation has grown mightily. I only wish our President saw the commemoration as important as making a campaign speech, lobbying for the Olympics, or accepting an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance….” – John Philpot Curran