Warns US Voters
07:27 PM ET
The champion of Polish freedom tells America it's no longer that shining city on a hill. As it slouches
toward socialism, he
warns, those yearning to breathe free in the world can no longer look to the U.S.
They were the giants of
their age. Together, President Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and a little known shipyard worker named Lech
Walesa stood up to Soviet communism and brought freedom to the captive nations
Friday, Walesa was in Chicago campaigning for a
GOP gubernatorial candidate in the Illinois
primary who happened to be Polish. Arguably the father of Polish democracy,
Walesa knows a little bit about tyranny, socialism and the slippery path to both,
and came to warn us about the path we've been on.
a press conference, Walesa commented on an America that seemingly apologizes
for everything these days, cajoles rather than confronts the thugs of the world
and is embarked on a path to shackle beyond redemption the free economy that
led the Free World to victory.
no longer thinks we are the last best hope for mankind.
is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it,
militarily," the Polish leader said. "They also lead economically,
but they're getting weak.
they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership.
The United States
was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope,
whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States.
Today, we lost that hope."
led the Solidarity movement in Poland.
He was in a sense a community organizer, but not in the mold of a Saul Alinsky.
He sought to liberate his people, not control them.
marches and protests that led to Polish freedom were a
precursor to America's
tea party movement that likewise seeks to throw off the chains of a
command-and-control society and restore genuine economic and political freedom.
Soviet empire had its commissars. Our government has its czars, and Walesa
definitely feels the America
that was his friend is moving in the wrong direction. He sees our quest for
redistribution of income as not different from the Marxist credo — from each
according to his ability, to each according to his need.
a video-taped interview, Walesa saw a hint of socialism creeping into America's
domestic policies. He spoke of "the issue with the banks" and how
"the government wastes all the money ... building a bureaucracy — just for