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When Men Were Free

My good friend, Pierre Bynum, National Prayer Director with the Family Research Council, recently shared this insightful excerpt from one of Ronald Reagan’s speeches which highlights the strategy of socialists to use healthcare as an entry point for greater government control. He writes,

Ronald Reagan was an outspoken conservative and one of Americas greatest Presidents (1981-1989). Every American should hear his Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine, a 10 minute speech, released on an LP record in 1961, 51 years ago. Then a Democrat, Reagan warned us about the principles underlying today’s “Affordable Care Act”:

In 1927…Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But, he said, “under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program”…

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.

Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it.
[Socialist Labor Leader] Walter Reuther said “It’s no secret that the [UAW] is… on record as backing a program of national health insurance” … [The Socialists say]: “Once the Farrand Bill is passed, this nation will [have] a mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.” Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned…

Now in our country under our free enterprise system, we have seen medicine reach the greatest heights that it has in any country in the world. Today, the relationship between patient and doctor in this country is something to be envied… The privacy, the care…the right to choose a doctor, to go from one doctor to the other… But…look… once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods… it is a short step to all the rest of socialism…

[The] Founding Fathers – for the first time – established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God given right…to determine our own destiny. This freedom was built into our government with safeguards… We can write to our congressmen and our senators [to say] we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms…we do not want socialized medicine…Call your friends and tell them to write… If you don’t, this program will pass…and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day, as Norman Thomas said we will awake to find that we have socialism.

And if [we] don’t do this…you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”

We must repeal and replace Obamacare before it’s too late!

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  1. Paul Rothbard
    July 22nd, 2012 at 14:05 | #1

    Do we really know what it was like when men were free? Every aspect of our lives is already regulated to the teeth. I think socialism has been alive and well for 50-100 years already.
    And how many laws actually get repealed? Even our conservative legislators that claim limited government just add to the mess.
    My prediction is that republicans will be very successful in making obamacare “a little less destructive” and conservatives will cheer for it as a success.

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