Conservatives only tell half of the Ronald Reagan story

Olsen frequently cites Reagan’s observation that society had a responsibility to take care of those “who through no fault of their own” could not take care of themselves, and he quotes a 1968 letter from Reagan that says, “No one in this country should be denied medical care because of a lack of funds.”

And Olsen cites Reagan’s first inaugural address. Although conservatives like to cite the line about how “government is the problem,” you rarely hear other parts of the speech, like this one: “How can we love our country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”

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