By Kevin Mooney
Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech delivered on March 8, 1983
“re-moralized American foreign policy” and reversed and era of détente
in foreign policy that had given the advantage to the Soviet Union,
Prof. Paul Kengor of Grove City College explained during an interview
with Americans for Limited Government (ALG) at the Conservative
Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Kengor, who is also a prominent Reagan biographer, said the speech
had tremendous reverberations. It put the Soviet Empire back on its
heels and help shifted the Cold War back in America’s favor.
The “evil empire” speech was delivered on March 8, 1983 and just a
few weeks later on March 23 Reagan announced the “Strategic Defense
“Reagan used his voice as weapon,” Kengor explained. “He destroyed
this whole idea that there was somehow a moral equivalence to both sides
and it made it plain and clear that America’s struggle against Soviet
expansionism and Soviet communism was a just cause.
The same U.S. State Department officials who tried to strike out the
"Tear Down this Wall" comment from Reagan's 1987 Berlin Wall address,
were also scandalized by the "Evil Empire" speech.
Kengor served as the moderator for a panel entitled “Rendezvous with
Destiny: What Can We Learn from Ronald Reagan in 2012.” Craig Shirley,
author of “Rendezvous with Destiny” and Steven Hayward, a scholar with
the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), also took part in the
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