“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems ... They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices, because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
– Barack Obama
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
– Daniel Webster
Barack Obama did what he always does, in his pro-government commencement speech May 5 at Ohio State University.
First, he jumped at the chance to try to indoctrinate, particularly the young. He never misses such an opportunity. He just can never check his politics at the door, not even when asked to inspire a group of graduates.
Second, he grotesquely exaggerated his opponents’ arguments, claiming they “incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems ... They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.” It’s a common trick of the deceitful debater, to
cartoonishly caricature an
opponent’s position to paint it as absurd or dangerous.
The thing is, this time he picked a particularly ironic time to be touting the virtues of government – just days before his administration plunged itself into multiple scandals that, themselves, reek of tyranny, no exaggeration needed.
It’s instructive to revisit the nation’s pioneers’ view of government, which was rightly skeptical if not fearful. The quotes above illustrate the fact that this is a president such as our Union has never seen before: one who turns the early-American credo “blessings of liberty” on its head – and who, instead, heralds the blessings of government.
It is self-evident, but no less stark: It has become undeniable that Barack Obama’s view of government is nearly the polar opposite of that of this nation’s founders.
Notice, too, in the above quote from Mr. Obama’s commencement speech, a few other little problems.
First is when he refers to the problem of today’s generations having “grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.”
The real problem is that Americans for decades have heard exactly the opposite, particularly in recent years from this administration: voices that incessantly laud all the glorious things government can, should and will do for us. As with the founders’ view of the nation, Mr. Obama’s world
view clashes head-on with John F. Kennedy’s admonition to “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
Heavens, what has happened to the party of JFK?
It is an especially inopportune moment for us to have raised up such a leader who, quite the opposite of our founders, believes so blindly and unalterably in the piety and purity of government. This government is not only spending us to ruin – $16 trillion in debt, with perhaps $100 trillion in unfunded retirement program
liabilities and goodness knows how much in Obamacare costs. It’s also actually advertising to put more people, especially immigrants, onto welfare programs that are already at record and unsustainable levels.
Worse than the numbers is the inherent erosion of the work ethic and self-reliance that made this country great. And perhaps even worse than that is that government dependence prevents people from realizing their God-given potential; it strips people of the need to become their best selves.
The trifecta of Obama administration scandals that have erupted, primarily just in the days since the president’s “Go Government!” commencement speech, give lie to the false hope in government that he’s peddling. Anyone who doesn’t fear government tyranny, even after hearing the IRS targeted some groups for their political beliefs and the Department of Justice spied on the Associated Press, just isn’t paying attention.
The scandalized Obama administration has inadvertently proven our founders right and him wrong.