After Cook County's hometown hero mistook Kansas for Texas, yesterday's speech coasted on a shadow of the high spiritedness and positivity that were hallmarks of the speeches he gave as a Senator and candidate for the presidency. Our President likes to take on presidential personas (and their burdens). When he was running, Barack Obama and his family and his ascendency was believed to be a reinvigoration of ‘Camelot’ - that is, an adopted extension of the Kennedy clan and its romanticized, mythical legacy. At the rousing beginning of the speech, he may have seemed to be harkening back to the spirit of Ronald Reagan (a la the 40TH President's 1984 presidential election campaign). And then the rhetoric took a dark and dangerous turn - toward all of the things that separate us. Diametrically opposed interests characterized by envy and resentment with the only resolution being warfare, punishment and redistribution of things - property and income - not truly owned by the men who have earned them...but by those affected by what he calls "unfairness".
Like the occupiers who seek to punish banks for crimes (as they deposit income from capitalist activities into these institutions); protest the cost of school (rather than attend classes for which the loans they have negotiated are intended to be directed); and those who are not wealthy or financially successful, President Obama calls for 'transformation' of traditions and systems and principles in this startling lecture offered to the American people for their consumption:
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ‘50s and ‘60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade.
In a persona which many will infer was in the likeness of Theodore Roosevelt, President Obama made this bold declaration. Some disagree with our President and the occupiers about the cause of objective differences. Choices - good and bad - are seen to be at issue. 'Disparity' is what they would call the consequences of bad choices and bad luck. That term has a bad connotation, though the description is accurate. And to the extent that systems can improve, the bad luck of life can be addressed. As people cannot be perfected, neither can circumstances of life that hit all us where we least expect it at different times during our lifetimes. Jesus Christ said so Himself. Author and radio host, Mark Levin explains President Obama’s alternate vision this way:
Obama is exposing himself. And when he exposes himself, we want to divert our eyes, but we need to pay attention. He's in full Marxist mode.
He wants the country broken up into a billion pieces and everybody fighting with each other...which brings me to the point: Obama doesn't unite us as a people.... What Obama is doing is actually predictable.... He's laying out who he is. He keeps talking about 'fairness'. What he means is more and more government; more and more bureaucrats; more and more agencies; and more and more departments. You know what - ? - Theodore Roosevelt wouldn't even recognize the United States today. He wouldn't even recognize it! And there he is invoking Roosevelt's name.
We the People must decide which foundation upon which we wish to continue and thrive or fail.