I got my start in politics by campaigning for Frankli Roosevelt who was running against Windell Willkie.  I didn’t know anything about Democrats and Republicans at the time.  I just didn’t like the name Windell Willkie and I pulled my little red wagon up and down 2nd Street in San Dimas yelling “Vote for Roosevelt.”  Then, it was Harry Truman versus Thomas Dewey  I didn’t like the name Thomas Dewey either, so I was in favor of Truman.

As I grew older and wiser, I began paying closer attention to the presidential candidates and their political parties without concern for their names.  I wanted to know what philosophies separated the parties.  I began studying their political platforms to see which ones conformed to those of our Founding Fathers.  Here’s what I found:

Norman Thomas…six-time presidential candidate on the Socialist party ticket said “The American people will never vote for Socialism, but under the name of ‘Liberalism’ the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day, America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.  I no longer need to run as a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party.  The Democrat Party has adopted our platform”

Some readers of Tidbits are perhaps too young to remember that under the Truman administration, it was proposed that we have a compulsory federally funded health insurance program for all people in the United States.  The American people at the time were adamantly opposed and soundly rejected the idea…so it was scrapped.

In 1961, Ronald Reagan said “One of the traditional methods of imposing socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.  It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.”  Reagan wasn’t even president at the time.

In spite of the American people being on record for not wanting socialized medicine,  Democrat Congressman Foran introduced the Foran Bill.  This was the idea that all people of social security age should be brought under a program of compulsory health insurance.  This would not only be the senior citizens and their dependents, but also for those who were disabled.

Congressman Foran was subscribing to the “foot in the door” philosophy because he said “If we can only break through and get our foot inside the door, then we can expand the program after that.” The Socialists themselves had this to say.  “Once the Foran bill is passed, this nation will be provided with the mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.”  which is exactly what the Socialists wanted.


As history shows, the Bill  passed…not under the Foran name because by this time, he was out ofoffice.  The final product was the Kerr-Mills bill which passed, and Medicare was attached to the Social Security progam.  Now, under President Obama, the third and final leg of the Socialist’s scheme;  Compulsory health insurance for the remaining populace.

James Madison in 1788 said “Since the general civilization of mankind, Ibelieve there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”

I believe we would all do well by taking those words to heart…and remember…the nearest cousins to Socialism are Liberalism and Communism!  Is that the CHANGE we the people voted for?



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