Where The Gipper and Chesterton Meet

I’m in the throes of doing a close analysis of Reagan’s famous 1964 “Time for Choosing” speech for a lecture I’ll be giving next month on the 50th anniversary.  I rather like this line:

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

Reminds me of an exchange between G.K. Chesterton (a stout man) and George Bernard Shaw (thin as a rail):

Chesterton: “My God, man, from the looks of you there’s a famine in the land.”

Shaw: “And from the looks of you, you caused it.”