Ever notice how Barack and Michelle Obama love telling the American people how much they will have to work?
In a free country a president does not tell people they must work hard. In a free country a president does not lecture people on their responsibilities. That is the kind of talk you get in a dictatorship. In free country, whether people work hard and bear responsibilities is up to the individual, and he bears the consequences of his actions.
In a free country a president does not tell bankers and car manufacturers what to do; those industries, like all industries in a free country, are owned and operated by free individuals. Today in America they are controlled by the state.
America is no longer a free country; it is a mixture of controls and freedom. At noon today we lost a little bit more of our freedom. America is less free today than it was yesterday.
Barack Obama assumes power over a nation that he loves to remind us is suffering a dire crisis. He fails to understand that the crisis is due to massive intervention in the economy by the state. His solution to the crisis is much more massive intervention in the economy.
Obama speaks grimly of the work we must do and the responsibilities we must bear because he hopes Americans will sacrifice for the collective good. It is his only conception of how to deal with the crisis: lead the collective in sacrifice. I also suspect that he is grateful for the crisis. He needs a crisis to justify the titanic expansion of state power he and the Democrat Congress intend to force down America’s throat.
Behind the rhetoric and the stern face he mugs like a bad actor indicating to the audience “my character is being serious,” lies a con man. He needs Americans to sacrifice to the collective so he can expand the power of the state. Other than that, I don’t think he has the slightest idea what he is doing.
I did not share the joy on the faces in the crowd at the Inauguration. They were happy not because of what Obama intends to do but because of who he is. It is good that America elected the first black man to be president, but this is a minor issue. What Obama does is far more important than the amount of melanin in his skin.
For decades the New Left has longed to reshape America along the lines of the more advanced welfare states in Europe — to make America more socialist, but to stop short of the nationalization of industry. It is a fascist vision.
The left has suffered a lot of frustration over the years. In the ’70s America reacted to the excesses of the ’60s and the McGovern campaign in 1972 by turning to the right. A quarter century of prosperity followed. That period ended around the year 2000.
Since 2000 America has been swinging to the left. Finally, the New Left has taken control of the presidency and both houses of Congress. Their long period of frustration is over. Now the moment has come for the left to reshape America according to their ideals of collectivism, statism and altruism.
We are in for four years of relentless assault on capitalism and individual freedom. An easy prediction: four years from now America will be less free than it is today. How much less depends on how bold the Democrats are, how laughable the Republicans are, and how ignorant and corrupt the American people are. As Benjamin Franklin said, when asked what they were creating in the Constitutional Convention, “A republic — if you can keep it.” Now we find out just how much freedom a people indoctrinated with New Leftist pieties in government schools can keep.