“Simply an excusing to bring about socialized medicine”

Nothing has really changed. Reagan on Universal Healthcare:

You certainly won’t hear this argument on ABC’s Whitehouse Health-Care Butt-kissery.

Socialized Healthcare and ‘Tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims’

Boy is this audio appropriate today:
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Part 2:


Whatever you thought of Reagan, there was one thing true about him – he understood the fundamental epic failing of socialist philosophy applied to government. Socialism comes in the form of friendly ideas with the best intentions. It ends in Tyranny.

C. S. Lewis put it this way:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Contrast all of the above with President Obama the other day:


audio ht: Levin

Obama’s Speech in Berlin: Full Text

You can read his entire speech here.

In my opinion, it’s mostly generalities. Be sure to read it though and post a comment if you think something really stands out. Here are a few sections that stand out to me (my comments are in grey):

The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope. But that very closeness has given rise to new dangers – dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean.

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As we speak, cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya. (From what I hear, this is not only an extreme exaggeration – but likely, not true at all. It’s certainly not the case in the Antarctic. I mean – that’s a huge assumption that cars and factories are directly the cause of world droughts. Call me crazy, but I’d like to see the actual science linking the two.)

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In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common. (Clarification: “To people of the left in Europe…the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common.” This is a media driven myth in my opinion. If what Obama said was true, how was Nicolas Sarkozy, a huge supporter of America, elected in France of all places? The media in America refuses to show people around the world that do support America – mainly because, why would they bother? First, it’s not exactly newsworthy, and Second: it doesn’t support the news media’s narrative that George W. Bush has been the most heinously evil president in the history of the universe.)

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This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands. Let us resolve that all nations – including my own – will act with the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation, and reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere. This is the moment to give our children back their future. This is the moment to stand as one. (Here again with the catastrophic carbon = death predictions. The other day, our local news failed to predict the weather accurately for a mere 6 hours, and yet you have people making predictions about the climate systems of the entire Earth for the next 100 years… This whole thing just seems like a bit of hysteria to me. Mark Steyn said it best,

 


“…he can make the oceans subside, but will he be able to improve border security? I doubt it.”)

But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived – at great cost and great sacrifice – to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world. Our allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or kingdom – indeed, every language is spoken in our country; every culture has left its imprint on ours; every point of view is expressed in our public squares. What has always united us – what has always driven our people; what drew my father to America’s shores – is a set of ideals that speak to aspirations shared by all people: that we can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please. (Now this is a decent section over all. He is extolling the concept of E Pluribus Unam - which is a great thing about America, as well as our sacrifice, and freedoms of speech and religion. The only odd bit is, ‘free from fear and free from want.’ Personally, I think it’s simply freedom, period.)

Anyway, I guess I just want a guy who is going to talk about Liberty. That’s what gets me stoked, and what I think makes American great. Here are a couple really good speeches in Berlin by men, who I feel, really earned the right to speak there:
Feel free to leave your own assessments.
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