Ronald Reagan Addressed Bernie Sanders’ Socialism

President Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

Phil Jensen


“We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.”

Ronald Reagan powerfully stated this truism in 1964 while campaigning for Barry Goldwater. Reagan had Bernie Sanders pegged while he was a school boy reading Eugene Debs. Bernie Sanders would tell you that the fat man ate the thin man out of house and home, and that’s why he’s fat. In reality, the fat man freely bought food and ate it, and the thin man apparently did the same, just less of it. The Sanders solution is to assure none of us ever get fat again.

Reagan continued in his famous “A Time for Choosing” speech, “If government planning and welfare had the answer, shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? But the reverse is true. Each year, the need grows great, the program grows greater.”

Rick Kriebel 2016


Government has worked so well, that the left campaigns every cycle like they’ve never failed the people. Bernie Sanders, like Barack Obama before him, pretend like they are at the dawn of the progressive era, when in fact, they’ve had all day.

Therein lies the rub: Bernie Sanders is nothing new, just the next installment in the series of steps to the workers’ paradise; progressivism was always socialism on layaway, and Bernie’s just here to make the final payment.

In this, Bernie Sanders is actually doing the right a favor. He shows the world that there’s no daylight between socialism and progressivism, to the point that the Democratic National Committee’s Chairwoman can’t articulate the difference.

Woodrow Wilcox


So what of the morality of the much maligned capitalism? Bernie Sanders hides behind democracy. “If you read what Debs said about the goals of socialism, it’s no different from what I’ve been saying — that all socialism is about is democracy.”

A free market, if America actually had one, is the only democratic economic system, as prices are determined by what consumers-rich and poor-are willing to pay. Millions of people vote with their dollars every day, and resources allocate without the coordination of undemocratic central planners that distort prices through their intervention.

Capitalism, however imperfect, is the monetary expression of freedom. Engaging in legalized theft to correct disparities that can at best be narrowed, but never dispelled, is wholly undemocratic; you would think Bernie would have noticed that on his honeymoon to the USSR.  Is the world so bad that we need to be reminded that stealing is still immoral?

Reagan again, answers the benevolent central planner, “This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

Could the dichotomy be clearer? President Ronald Reagan believed in Americans, and trusted that they were best suited to organize their own affairs and thus, allocate their resources better than the government. Bernie Sanders thinks Americans are victims, who toil as pawns of the wealthy, and need him to create a life free of want, or choice, by making sure no one accumulates the level of wealth that can exploit them. In so doing, Sanders desires a world of mediocre ubiquity, with a government mandated glass ceiling of sameness assuring no one person can become too wealthy. In true Soviet fashion, the government of course is not held to this standard.

Ronald Reagan believed in the opposite: a world where success would never be limited, but rather, the government that stifled it. So the choice is simple: a limited government with unlimited risk, and unlimited opportunity- or an unlimited government, with limited opportunity and risk that we abdicate the joys and burdens of freedom forever. Both visions can be democratically enacted, but only one can in like manner be undone. If capitalism is immoral, then so is freedom.




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Dustin Howard is a staff writer and social media manager for Americans for Limited Government. Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Howard has held numerous positions in Republican politics, including executive director of a northern Virginia Republican party and a staffer in county government.
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  • Matt McLaughlin

    You and Reagan cuddle Socialist secular Israel who has universal hc for all Israelis, but when it comes to universal hc for America its not worth it?

    • No, we don’t want socialism in the United States. Not only is it counterproductive, it’s illegal according to the U.S. Constitution.

      But just because the Israelis have made a poor decision with regard to socialized health care in their own country does not mean we cannot or should not support the most free nation in the Middle East, who is also our greatest ally in the Middle East.

    • Thisoldspouse

      Israel is not the U.S. You Marxists keep telling us that.

  • Matt McLaughlin

    we dont need Israel. we do business with many many countries that have no international relations w/ Israel. the relationship becomes more strained with israel’s democracy being challenged by nondemocratic fascism. Who were our enemies in the Near east, 1947? As for Socialism and israel, Bernie Sanders>really any worse than Ben Gurion belonging to Poalei Zion back when he solicited himself to Jammal Pasha to fight
    British, Feb 1915? Its just that GOP capitalist-o’philes can’t stand Israel is Socialist. It can’t be possible. But yeah, cradle to grave, abortions too. You can’t adore reagan-nancy davis marriage was a shotgun wedding. Who was nancy pregnant with??????????? Answer: Patricia.

    • “Needing” Israel aside, most of Europe is socialist; I lived in England for three years and got to know their nauseating socialism up close. Perhaps we should turn our backs on all of our European allies as well. So is Australia and Canada. Maybe we should turn our backs on them also.

      Or is it just Jewish/Israeli socialists you have a problem with?

      • Matt McLaughlin

        turn our backs? Im Irish, Einstein. Again, its the Messianic a-holes who think they can adore Atlas-Shrugged and Israel all in one breath. Bye bye loser. yes, its the third rail in Anglo press to even say ‘Socialist Jew’ (sanders)or even remotely suggest israel is Socialist.

        • I really don’t have time for incoherent idiots.