To Celebrate Snowden's Russian Asylum Request, Here Is Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire" Speech

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It is surprising how things change diametrically in 30 short years...

From the Ronald Reagan address to the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983.

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 simpleminded 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... 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 believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last–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.


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.

Isn't it ironic that 30 years later, those who refuse to "remove themselves from the struggle between right and wrong, between good and evil" and those "who speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority" are forced to seek asylum in... the Evil Empire?

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:58 | 3745105 francis_sawyer
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"It is surprising how things change diametrically in 20 short years..."


It's 2003?... Where did I park my DeLorean?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:58 | 3745112 i-dog
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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:03 | 3745134 prains
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Say it ain't soooo Ronnie, where'd all the money go Ronnie???

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:07 | 3745148 BaBaBouy
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Reegan Is Dead, And A New EVIL EMPIRE Is Fast Rising...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:15 | 3745210 prains
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Yes but his spawn live on, Dickey and Rummey

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:35 | 3745295 BLOTTO
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It's comin back around again! (nothing new under the sun -blots) This is for the people of the sun!

It's comin back around again! Uh It's comin back around again!

This is for the people of the sun! It's comin back around again! Uh

People of the Sun -RATM (Evil Empire)


The title "Evil Empire" is taken from what Rage Against The Machine see as Ronald Reagan's slander of the Soviet Union in the eighties, which the band feels could just as easily apply to the United States. Rage is currently finishing up a European tour but they'll be back on our evil U.S. soil for a tour in late July. –Zack de la Rocha (excerpt from Interview)


YES! Time to throw in the Rage cd on the way home tonight...


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:50 | 3745931 James_Cole
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It is surprising how things change diametrically in 30 short years...


By 'change' I take it you mean the propaganda has become less effective? Funny listening to Reagan, best propagandist the US ever had! 

It's incredible how much of his presidency defines current day - from the war on terror to Greenspan to unions being the major leaches of society, it's all the same shit. 

A little less support for genocide these days though. Progress!


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:27 | 3745586 WarriorClass
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No, it's the same evil bankster cartel that has always been there.  It's just making more progress now.


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:43 | 3745652 ceilidh_trail
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Spent by a democrat congress...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:03 | 3745138 Oh regional Indian
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Puppet socks sock puppet 1980sumthing...

Puppet still socking sock puppit 2013...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:03 | 3745129 spastic_colon
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i think we should forget about snowden, he is ex-CIA and the pictures that we see of him are no longer valid as he is recovering from plastic surgery, he is not where he says he is nor where putin or anyone says.  He is now a figure of the office of disinformation and his mention is only used to throw everyone off his scent.  He has likely made an agreement with the US to allow for his name to be constantly besmearched so we all think they are doing something about his rebelliousness.  IMO of course.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:34 | 3745287 Ghordius
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to be frank I care more about the effects of Snowden's action than the origin. people are still debating about the origin of 9/11, aren't they?

yet in both cases you have a "situation", then a catalyst triggers a completely different situation, proving that the original situation was unstable, and "something was likely or bound to happen" (including, a bit more snarkily, someone was waiting for an excuse to go to war)

the Snowden Affair has triggered a lot of responses, and the Snowden Effect is going to be felt for years to come

to this one observation: lots of historians debate on the American Revolution and how the new technology of newsprinting was pivotal to it

we are in a planetary societal upheaval because we are still digesting the new technologies around the internet, and every day new millions join in the fray

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:35 | 3745312 NotApplicable
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Nice observation.

It's never the action, but the reaction.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:30 | 3745868 ATM
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9-11 ---------> Patriot Act

Snowden -----------> Here it comes the Snitch Act.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:03 | 3747534 Element
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All these exploratory new levels of deeper and deeper scumbag Obomba keeps displaying to the world ... how low can he go ...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:38 | 3745626 spastic_colon
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yes...i guess that was part of my point, the MSM is parading the head of the snake around as usual when the focus should be the other 90%.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:53 | 3745694 Sandmann
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Ghordius; it was Gutenberg that gave Luther's 19 Theses such potency. It may well be newsprinting that made the American Rebellion function, but the Forces of Control in England had Wycliffe and Tyndale either murdered or harried to prevent The Bible being accessible in English. The Geneva Bible led to an Authorised Bible to remove Calvin's republicanism.

John Wilkes was jailed for reporting what happened in Parliament.  The Stationers' Company was used to control which printers could have a licence. Coffee Houses were shut down by King Charles II in 1675 when he feared revolutionary dissent. Theatres and Plays were censored between 1737 and 1968 by the Lord Chamberlain's Office which had to approve scripts. English Libel Laws are used to control free speech

In EVERY age the Forces of Control have attempted to suppress Free Thought and Communication. Just because there is an LCD Screen and a CPU does not mean The STATE has lost the habit.

Ed Snowden has simply exposed everyone to The Truth of the Situation in a veritable hall of mirrors. Our Era is just like all the others, the Men behind The Screen want to CONTROL



Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:03 | 3745136 All Out Of Bubblegum
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Parking a DeLorean = that's where it broke down.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:51 | 3745398 MayIMommaDogFac...
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This is definitely where I parked it, I just can't remember exactly what year it was...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:31 | 3745870 ATM
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But it's still there! And no RUST!!!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:58 | 3745114 Ribeye
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"The ironing is delicious"


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:00 | 3745121 The Proletariat
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The Cold War was only a warmup for the military/industrial complex....once the masters stopped profitting from [cough, cough] communism.  Hence forth, the War on Terror....very profitable and Sheople approved

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:05 | 3745152 i-dog
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They actually contemplated a 'War On Aliens', until some bright spark came up with the idea of the War on Terror. (source: Fletcher Prouty)

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:23 | 3745256 sumo
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I'm waiting for the Battle against Serious Fright and Alarm, followed by the Skirmish against Concern.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:36 | 3745317 NotApplicable
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Rest assured, someday, somewhere, someone will try it in an effort to usher in global governance.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:49 | 3745932 monad
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The war on terror was Hitler's idea. I think in the 80s Netenyahu proposed using it.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:16 | 3745216 Shell Game
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All under the umbrella of Global Peace.  One World Government = Whirled Peas.  Oh how peaceful it will be when the world's serfs are in shackles.....

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:01 | 3745122 LetThemEatRand
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And ironically, it has changed for the worse largely because of him.  He was the beginning of the idea that the solution for our "problems" was to endlessly fund the MIC, increase public debt, and hand more power/money to the top model that we call the new normal.  And remember Iran Contra?  He had no problem with black ops in the name of some ambiguous notion of freedom of the wealthy to plunder the earth.  Thanks, Ron.   

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:06 | 3745154 prains
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And now the bill is in and looks to have only cost approx. $ 12.4 Trillion thanks to a fat bloated corrupt MIC. Please Pay The Server

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:07 | 3745168 Dr. Engali
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I would argue it began with this guy:

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:16 | 3745182 prains
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nothing ever "begins" that is way too linear. More like "transcends" to another level of Defcon. I didn't junk you doc

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:15 | 3745205 MFLTucson
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Started with Bush Senior and now look what we have.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:24 | 3745250 Dr. Engali
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Bullshit. The Bushes are plenty corrupt but they are just a link in the chain of corruption. The moment we laid the foundation for a permanent military is the moment we secured our downfall.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:47 | 3745377 LetThemEatRand
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So true.  And I just love all of the people who love to quote Ronnie's "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" line as evidence that he was a small government guy, when his entire philosophy was to grow the shit out of the part of the government which is the most directly one of force (the MIC).  He grew the government by leaps and bounds.  It just goes to show, the vast majority of people will listen to what someone says and throw their support behind him even when his actions are completely opposite.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:09 | 3745482 Bay of Pigs
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+1 for stating the facts. Reagan's legacy is huge deficits, debt and a massive global military and spy ring.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 14:27 | 3746041 Cathartes Aura
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absolutely agree.

good to see the RayGun cheerleading finally updated here.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:25 | 3745851 Wave-Tech
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The moment the US strayed from strict adherence to the constitution was indeed the beginning-of-the-end.

Particularly abandoning that which was the only item in the constitution specified as NECESSARY to the security of a free state.

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 16:40 | 3746374 Cheese Potpourri
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I like your style, Joe.  Count me in.  I had an idea for a website that speaks to the issues and hosts a national forum for people to ask questions and discuss and come to a consensus.  Just brainstorming here, but if it could be set up so people could verify their identity and then pledge their vote to certain Constitutional Amendments via ballot, I think it could shake things up.  Combine that with Third Party potential and we might have something.  Again, I am just brainstorming, but I am with you.  We need to speak up and act in unison.  Sic Semper Tyrannis.


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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:16 | 3745186 Kirk2NCC1701
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Indeed.  In the 1979 primary, the GOP Establishment actually wanted Bush.  But, when Reagan -- the great communicator -- surged ahead and indicated that he too embodied the values and goals of the Elite, they let him stay ahead.  With one condition:  that he pick Bush as his VP.

The rest you know.  Including, I presume, the fact that it was old man Bush made the real decisions behind the scenes.  BTW, as an ex-President, Bush still gets his copy of Obama's PDBs (Presidential Daily Briefing) to this day -- and so do all other ex-Presidents (Carter, Clinton, Bush Jr).  This business of "deregulation" of various industries led to letting Wall St loose, and resulted the boom of the 90s.  That's why Bush and his GOP pals were so "pissed" that another 'great communicator' (Bill Clinton) managed to upset Bush in '92, and got the benefit & glory of that 90s Wall St boom.  Given that Bill kept us out of a major war during his time, the 90s Boom resulted in some nice revenue for the Gov.  But this was not to last...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:18 | 3745227 oddjob
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Bill Clinton worked for Bush Sr. when he was head of the CIA.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:28 | 3745272 Kirk2NCC1701
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Holy crap!  Who'da thunk?  I disagree with one part: "that they have no conviction, no ideology, no guiding purpose".

I think that they have conviction:  'The Will To Power'.  They also have a guiding purpose:  Globalism.  This aligns perfectly with the NWO Elite.  The Clintons are willing to make any Faustian bargain, as long as they get to have the power and the glory of office.  Sound familiar?  Like maybe 2008, 2012?  ;-)

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:07 | 3745477 Lord Blankcheck
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He work for him importing cocaine into Arkansas in the 80s.The ex-CIA head is pure evil.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:46 | 3745923 cynicalskeptic
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'PRA' - People's Republic of Arkansas - a bananna republic under Clinton where the CIA trained CONTRAS, flew drugs, weapons and cash in and out of Mena and Nella with stolen planes, manufactured M-16 receivers without serial numbers to be assembled into complete weapons using 'donated' NG parts - all for 10% off the top to the Arkansas Development Authority.....     Bill was so helpful the CIA ran him for President.


EVERY President since Carter has gotten the office with CIA vetting - they were quite po's when Carter tried to clean house.  9/11 completed the coup - all the powers needed to keep the politicians in line and sheep under control. don't think Obama is any different - look into his mother's family and missing spots in his resume......   


Ever see 'The Good Shepherd'? scene at theend where the new CIA head says he's of to a meeting on Congressional Oversight.... he laughs  'as if we'll ever let them see what we're doing'.....


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:19 | 3745240 McMolotov
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Eisenhower warned about this shit because it was already going on when he was president, which means it started a long time ago.

As usual, follow the money and you tend to land somewhere around 1913...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:29 | 3745268 sumo
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General Smedley Butler foiled a coup. Another general might have gone right along.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:00 | 3745125 Mercury
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Hear, hear

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:00 | 3745127 ZeroFreedom
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Well we have become that Evil Empire. How things change.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:07 | 3745165 francis_sawyer
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Become?... Let's see ~ in the past century we've:


- Allowed a private central bank to flood the world with debt which we call currency

- False Flagged our way into 2 world wars, a 10 year stint in Southeast Asia, & neverending war on 'terror'

- Nuked Japan... TWICE

- Killed a President

- Killed 'countless' other dictators & Presidents [who we installed as puppets in the first place]

- We spy on our own people... People who don't like it have an amazing track record of 'suicide' [by way of two bullets to the back of the head]...

Other than that, we're pretty cool...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:12 | 3745195 prains
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-death toll on brown people no longer countable as only the NSA computer has the juice to keep track

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:32 | 3745284 Kirk2NCC1701
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Don't worry.  At this rate of White Assimilation into the global gene pool, soon we will all be "tanned" in the NAFTA region.

We will truly be able to say: "Ich bin auch Braun".  ;-)

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