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A New Era of Responsibility

April 5th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Politics

From Matthew Continetti:

When Obama says his budget heralds “a new era of responsibility,” he’s not talking about individual responsibility, or the responsibility of families to raise the next generation. Nor does he mean government’s responsibility to provide for a decent measure of social and national security, and a legal and regulatory framework that allows civil society and the free market to flourish. No, Obama is talking about the responsibilities government is going to impose on us in the form of higher taxes. The upshot is more government, and still more debt. Not to mention a dependent citizenry.

A new era of responsibility — to the state. In this new era, you are responsible for working for the state, and in return the state is responsible for taking care of your needs.

Oh, and while the state is caring for you from cradle to grave, it also gets to control your life. All for your own good, of course.

(One question: if we can depend on the state to provide for all our needs, whether or not we choose to work, does not this new era of responsibility actually encourage irresponsibility? Just asking while I still can — before the state outlaws dissension for the common good.)

2 Comments so far ↓

  • L-C

    “If we can depend on the state to provide for all our needs, whether or not we choose to work, does not this new era of responsibility actually encourage irresponsibility?”

    Yes, but it is responsibility specifically toward the irresponsible that is prescribed. Sacrifice.

    Semi-OT: that guest article of mine we were talking about will come but right now I have a tight deadline to follow regarding my math course.

  • dismuke

    “One question: if we can depend on the state to provide for all our needs, whether or not we choose to work, does not this new era of responsibility actually encourage irresponsibility?”

    Of course it does. If everybody acted responsibly in their own lives very few would need or want to submit to Pelosi, Reed and Chief Little Big Man running every aspect of their lives and providing for them. Their very power base is the irresponsible – both those who actually ARE irresponsible in the way that they live their lives and, when it comes to the more elitist Leftist types, those who WISH they could live the irresponsible life of a drugged out hippie acting on any and every whim without negative consequence but are prevented from doing so by that evil goblin The Man who must, therefore, be destroyed.