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The rise of socialism was faught against even in the 20’s

  • Back in 1927, an American      socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the      Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for      socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people      would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.
    • But at the moment I’d like to talk      about another way because this threat is with us and at the moment is more      imminent. 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. . . . 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. We have an      example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we      have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United      States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.
      • Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against       Socialized Medicine (recording (1961)
    • The doctor begins to lose freedom.      . . . First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are      equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then      doctors aren’t equally divided geographically. So a doctor decides he      wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him, you      can’t live in that town. They already have enough doctors. You have to go      someplace else. And from here it’s only a short step to dictating where he      will go. . . . All of us can see what happens once you establish the      precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his      working methods, determine his employment. From here it’s a short step to      all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay. And pretty soon your      son won’t decide, when he’s in school, where he will go or what he will do      for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go      to work and what he will do.
      • Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against       Socialized Medicine (recording (1961)