On October 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a speech that was prophetic. In this 30 minute speech, video below, Reagan said: “A government cannot control an economy without controlling people.” Now, 50 years later it is evident that the government controls much of the People’s lives. This is done through tens of thousands of regulations, a bloated government employment payroll, and handouts to tens of millions making them dependent and beholden to the government.
Reagan also said: Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always “against” things—we’re never “for” anything.” It is far worse today. Those that dare to question Progressive dogma are not only castigated or stifled by political correctness, but also harassed by the government as exemplified by the IRS audits.
Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech was in support of then candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. Goldwater was then on the receiving end of unfair Leftist attacks that claimed him radical and a war-monger. Shortly thereafter, Goldwater was stumped by Lyndon Johnson who then went on to accelerate a war in Vietnam costing over 50,000 American lives. In addition, Johnson initiated the Great Society programs that were supposed to end poverty in the United States. After spending over trillion since, these efforts have proved abject failures. However, those programs and those that work for the government industry still profit nicely from the programs.
It is instructive to compare the words and deeds of Ronald Reagan to those of our current President. Barack Obama. Ronald Reagan is appropriately remembered for ending the Cold War. It is likely that Barack Obama will be remembered as being the president who finally made Jimmy Carter, who was made a one-term president by Reagan, look competent.