Not two weeks ago, President Obama gave the first of three commencement addresses on his 2013 calendar—this one at The Ohio State University.
"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 of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. 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."
America has, in recent years, become a partisan and polarized nation. It can be argued that we go out of our way to divide ourselves, if only as a means of identifying ourselves. While the social scientists argue the relative health of self-destructiveness of going down such a path, the fact remains that President Obama and his supporters see the world through very different eyes than a majority of Americans.
The Obama viewpoint, that of today’s unabashed Liberal, believes government is the driving force of change in society, that government creates jobs, hope and opportunity—and that while fallible, it acts generally in the best interests of the people.
For the rest of us (ideologically both the middle and the right), the burden of government has grown vastly out of proportion to the value we get back for the taxes we pay. And to conservatives, tyranny isn’t “lurking around the corner” as Mr. Obama describes it. Tyranny is staring every American right in the face, each and every day, in many forms, shapes and sizes.
Right now, our government is embroiled in scandals which show how much the rights of Americans have eroded in the five years Barack Obama has been in office:
- Beginning in 2010 and lasting through the Obama re-election campaign, the IRS inappropriately (and I suspect illegally) targeted conservative, Tea Party, and at least one pro-Israel/Jewish group.
- The Obama Department of Justice undertook an extensive communications assault on America’s free media (the same media which got him elected twice), by covertly monitoring dozens, and potentially many more, personal and work phone lines of Associated Press reporters.
- The Obama State Department and White House have repeatedly changed their stories and rebuffed direct inquiries into the riots in Benghazi which culminated in the violent murders of an American ambassador and three security staff, and which possibly could have been prevented had our embassy not been denied sufficient protection, or had our president not failed to respond during a crisis.
- And, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius has once again come under fire, most recently for possible extortion of funds from businesses and industries regulated by her department for “contributions” to fund the potentially unconstitutional new healthcare law, Obamacare.
By the president’s way of thinking, “you should reject these charges.” Rewind two decades, you can hear then First Lady Hillary Clinton proclaiming a “vast right wing conspiracy” trying to bring down her husband and her own attempt to nationalize health care.
Is some grand anti-liberal conspiracy afoot? Anyone who spent their days in the fishbowl of White House politics might certainly come to believe that. The alternative is much easier to believe, and much more likely:
According to Gallup, just 21% of Americans self-identify ideologically as “liberal”, compared to 40% of Americans who consider themselves as “conservative”.
Add to that the historical lows we are currently witnessing in the public’s trust in government and it’s not hard at all to understand why Americans as a whole are so skeptical of the utter non-sense emanating from both Congress and the White House these days.
Consider this: The federal budget for 2013 is approximately $3.3 trillion. When faced with the prospect of cutting just $85 billion (roughly 2.5%), liberals from the White House to the dog house immediately launched a Chicken Little “the sky is falling” campaign to beg Americans for more money, for any solution other than depriving Washington of $85 billion in taxpayer money to spend.
As it turns out, $85 billion (the dreaded “Sequester”) was cut, the sky didn’t fall, and the sun still rose in the east the next day. Months later, liberals are still blaming everything from natural disasters and the weather to terrorist attacks on the money they didn’t get to spend.
Is it any wonder that Americans are a little less willing to trust Washington?