Reagan was as vague and won an election based on a slogan very similar to Thomas's first comment.
Not at all empty Rhetoric. In fact his final comment is very true. The American nation was founded on the idea that it is inherent that the individual be suspicious of the government because corruption is inherent when it deals with business, the people etc and they founded the government to be small and as little involved in the individual lives of its citizens as possible. So Obama's health plan and his growing of the government structure is actually directly in opposition of how the coutnry was founded upon. hence Thomas's comments.