In her closing statement last night, Sarah Palin quoted Ronald Reagan:
It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or 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.
But this wasn’t something Reagan said in the 1980s. It was a jeremiad against Medicare with Reagan arguing that Medicare would lead to “socialized medicine” which would lead to socialism and totalitarianism:
Does Palin want to eliminate Medicare? Well, probably she does. But does she want to say that publicly? I doubt it.