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Alyssa Milano: ‘Government Should Be Our Communal Caretakers’

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During an interview on CNN’s Cuomo Primetime on August 7, actress/socialist Alyssa Milano let the cat out of the proverbial bag when she said, “To me … our government should be our communal caretakers.”


Let that sink in for a minute. Alyssa Milano actually believes the role of the United States government is to be the communal caretaker of 330 million people.

Say what? Since when has the federal government been tasked with being our communal caretaker? Answer: never. That is, if you believe in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

Suffice to say, Milano most likely believes these dusty documents are as outdated as a flip phone. Point being, according to uber-progressives like Milano, these founding documents were written by white men hundreds of years ago, which makes them moot in today’s upside-down world.

Although Milano’s comments were not widely publicized as an indictment of the true intent of the far Left, they speak volumes nonetheless. In Milano’s world, the U.S. government is supposed to be the people’s constant caretaker. Why? Because Milano patronizingly believes we the people cannot take care of ourselves.

Therefore, she insists we must have an all-encompassing federal leviathan that literally takes care of the people from cradle to grave. Milano is misguided and needs to brush up on her American history.


It is clear as day that the U.S. government was never intended to be a communal caretaker. In fact, the United States was founded on the exact opposite notion. Since the founding, millions of people have fled governments that claimed to be communal caretakers for the shores of America.

Why? Because they sought opportunity and freedom in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In other words, for hundreds of years, people have fled communal caretaking governments for the chance to fulfill their potential and pursue their happiness in a nation that prides itself on individual freedom, the rule of law, and several other sacrosanct principles that Milano and her merry band of socialists despise.

Milano, on the other hand, views the glorious freedoms the United States offers as treacherous. She would rather our freedoms be replaced with a promise from the government that it will provide the people with everything they need.

Obviously, this is like making a deal with the devil. Once a nation allows the government to become the communal caretaker, the government also becomes the universal decider of who gets what.

Meanwhile, the government also becomes the great confiscator of property as well as omnipotent. After all, if the government is the supplier of food, shelter, etc. it also sets the terms for who gets what.


So, if Milano is so fond of communal caretaking governments, there are plenty of places where this fundamentally-flawed model currently exists. Perhaps Milano should take up residence in a place like Cuba, China, or Venezuela so she can get a real feel for what living under a communal caretaker is actually like. Odds are, Milano would never venture to one of these nations because she knows they are dystopian nightmares.

A word of wisdom to Alyssa Milano and all the other foolish socialists who have come out of the woodwork: Be careful what you wish for. 

Chris Talgo ( is an editor at The Heartland Institute.

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