Prague, Czech Republic, June 18 -- I'm in Europe to join the Reagan Legacy Foundation in observing the 21st anniversary of my dad Ronald Reagan's immortal words spoken at the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987, when he demanded that Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev demolish the wall, a grim symbol of Soviet oppression of the East German people.
Against the advice of his weak-willed, namby-pamby State Department advisers, my dad looked at the wall and electrified Berliners when he said, "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, tear down this wall!"
Just over two years after the speech, the wall did come down; the brutal East German Communist government and the Soviet Union came down with it, and the Brandenburg Gate was opened.
Today there is another wall, one that stands between energy independence for the United States and continued reliance on foreign oil at a time when skyrocketing prices at the gas pump threaten to wreck our economy, bankrupt millions of American businesses and reduce countless numbers of Americans to poverty and hunger.
That wall must come down, and come down now.
And, God willing, should Republicans shrug off the rotting carcass of the global warming hoax on their shoulders now weighing many of them down, and summon up the courage to tell the Democrats who built that wall that they must tear it down, they will drive the huge numbers of Democrats off Capitol Hill in the November elections.
The American people are enraged over the gas-price crisis and ready to respond to any party that will step up, lay the blame where it belongs, and do whatever is necessary to open the gates of domestic oil drilling and production -- a gesture that will tell the sheiks and the rest of OPEC that their days of gouging the American people are numbered and that they had better increase production now.
Finding the cause of the crisis is a simple matter -- for decades we have deprived ourselves of the plentiful domestic supplies of petroleum in the continental U.S., in ANWR and offshore. Had we availed ourselves of this bonanza, gasoline would be in plentiful supply and cheap. And we would not be beholden to filthy rich Arab sheikdoms and the likes of Hugo Chavez.
Today we are denied the huge benefits of out own oil riches because the Democrats, in the grip of wealthy environmental groups that enrich their party coffers, and wedded to the false belief in global warming at a time when the planet is rapidly cooling, obdurately refuse to allow the American people to avail themselves of our own copious supplies of oil.