It was about six weeks ago that the press was abuzz with news that legendary labor activist Lech Walesa, the man who, more than anyone else, was responsible for bringing down communism in Poland, was planning a visit
to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The left-wing blogosphere erupted in paroxysms of joy; Brent Budowsky at The Hill
summed it up best: "One of history's great leaders for jobs, workers and freedom is now supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest. Lech Walesa has now weighed in, big time, for the good guys."
I forgot all about this until just yesterday, when I learned that Walesa never did make that visit--a fact apparently overlooked by the mainstream press, although it was big news in the conservative blogosphere. Walesa expressed his views more openly in mid-November in an editorial critical of the OWS movement
in the San Francisco Chronicle
:I have lived under the heavy hand of communism, where the state controls virtually everything, and I've lived under freedom. While today's protesters have many legitimate concerns, let me assure them that instead of either cronyism or greater government control, it is dialogue and solidarity leading to freedom that we should all strive for.
In related news, Walesa last week unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan