Friday, February 13, 2009

The Reagan-Obama Debate

A must-hear.

Who said what?

A) “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... Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory, and they say if we only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy he'll forget his evil ways and learn to love us.”

B) "[W]e will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment - this was the time - when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals."

HT Roger Kimball.

Update: A pairing along the same lines, found at David Thompson's, featuring Milton Friedman (PBUH) and Naomi Klein.