Operation Coffee Cup

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Operation Coffee Cup was a campaign during the 1950's and 1960's, with Ronald Reagan teamed up with the American Medical Association to warn citizens against the dangers of government run universal healthcare.

The campaign brought about an LP titled Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine.[1]

Comparison with Encroaching Control

Reagan's involvement with and publicity surrounding Operation Coffee Cup made it a more well known speech than his series entitled Encroaching Control. For this reason, any time Reagan talked about "spending our sunset years" describing the formerly free American nation, it is oftentimes mis-attributed.

Operation Coffee Cup:

The only way we can do it, is by writing to our congressmen - even if we believe that he's on our side to begin with, write to strengthen his hand. Give him the ability to stand before his colleagues in Congress and say "I have heard from my constituents, and this is what they want." Write those letters now, call your friends and tell them to write them. If you don't, this program I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day as Norman Thomas said, we will awake to find, that we have Socialism. And if you don't do this and I don't do it, one of these days you and I, are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America, when men were free.

Encroaching Control:

Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. But only here did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolve the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God-given right and the ability to determine our own destiny. But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.


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