Is Palin against Medicare?

See, this is what happens when you pick a lightweight to be the possible next president of the United States. She gets out her thesaurus and proceeds to make a fool of herself. From Paul Krugman:

Unbelievable. Sarah Palin finished her closing remarks by quoting 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.

When did he say this? It was on a recording he made for Operation Coffeecup — a campaign organized by the American Medical Association to block the passage of Medicare. Doctors’ wives were supposed to organize coffee klatches for patients, where they would play the Reagan recording, which declared that Medicare would lead us to totalitarianism.You couldn’t make this stuff up.

At some point, Republicans need to stop equating feistiness with competence. Though honestly, I don’t even think conservatives care about competence. It’s all about selecting the next best figurehead. The man or woman who will make them feel young again, convince them that America’s best years are ahead of her. It doesn’t matter if their candidate is an idiot who will actually make America worse off. In conservatism, you don’t have to make America great, you just have to say it. Kind of like their views on the Constitution and the flag. Much better to revere the symbol than the actual substance.


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