Matt Yglesias notes that during yesterday’s vice presidential debate, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) quoted a 1961 advocacy ad by Ronald Reagan. In the ad, Reagan urges his listeners to oppose the growing menace of socialized medicine and argues that Medicare legislation will lead to national socialism:
PALIN: We’re going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.
REAGAN: One of these days, 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.
Watch Palin’s remarks and Reagan’s quote in context:
Reagan’s rhetoric is eerily similar to McCain’s argument against comprehensive health care reform. During the 1960s, conservatives regularly claimed that Medicare would destroy the doctor-patient relationship, interject government into every-day decisions and undermine personal freedoms. Forty-seven years later, Maverick McCain is making the same argument.
Reagan was wrong then as McCain is wrong now.