When I used to hear the name Lech Wałęsa, I used to think of the words, courage, integrity, and social justice. What happened? Well, it looks like our poor old Lech drank the Kool Aid Tea. His disgusting support of Mitt Romney manages to undermine his legacy of fighting back against a corrupt Soviet Union and standing up for unions and the marginalized. A whole generation will be left with the bitter taste of Lech allying himself with a billionaire, anti-union, anti-woman, anti-poor, anti-civil rights, homophobic, Chick-Fil-A eating white boy.
Is it any wonder that Solidarity (the group Wałęsa helped found) immediately distanced themselves from Wałęsa’s endorsement of Romney, so quickly as though they might be contaminated by the bitter brew of tea served up by the elitist Joe Stalin wannabe.
I’m not sure what has caused this fall from Wałęsa’s social justice principles and his dedication to giving voice to the marginalized, but I am sad that he is destroying a legacy for future generations and like many here in the United States is plummeting on the wrong side of history.