Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that a big-government mindset now threatens American freedom.

“Everything that America has been, everything we ever wish to be, is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing,” said Paul.

In making his point, Paul invoked President Ronald Reagan.

“In his farewell speech in 1989, as Reagan said, ‘as government expands, liberty contracts,'” said Paul. “He was right.