Obama’s collective action: my way or the (government provided) highway
The President again showed he’s a fine reader, in fact, he’s even a Dear Reader, as shown during his inauguration speech the other day. Where he’s deficient is in defending the ideology of his speech writers when those speeches are unpacked. Case in point:
For we have always understood that when times change, so must we, that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges, that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world be acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.
“Collective action” is, of course, the speech writer’s (and the speech reader’s) attempt to defend the intrusive arm of government. But the reality is the block quote inadvertently defends free markets. How so? The aforementioned “American soldiers” wouldn’t even had a musket unless there was a gun maker. And the gun maker wouldn’t be able to produce a product were raw materials like iron and wood made available through free markets. And the miner and woodsman would not be able to provide their materials unless a highly functional free market allowed them to specialize their efforts accordingly (and continue ad infinitum).
Or there’s this howler:
Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.
OK, well those may be constants in our character—in theory—but “collective action,” the intrusive force of government, is doing its best to ablate them away. Evidence? Look at workforce participation numbers or the bank and automobile bailouts. I’m confused: do shrinking workforce numbers and bailouts fall into the “hard work” or the “personal responsibility” category?
And there’s the force of government, just under the surface, in this:
We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.
As someone once said, a goal without an action plan is just a dream. Does the President (or better, his team of speech writers) have a dream? It would seem so. But how about this for a plan: let’s make it easier for America to have more health care providers… you know, that whole supply and demand thing? Instead, the Obamaunists favor ideas that entail government market interference like reducing reimbursement rates to existent health care providers. (And the size of the deficit—which has increased massively under Obama’s watch—is an entire series of posts.)
The real theme with Obama and his writers is that Americans are too stupid to decide things for themselves and too selfish to care for one another. The solution is government and ironically (to me anyway), government is made up of the same flawed human beings who are so stupid and selfish. Such is life under Obamunism, where health care provides for “free” abortions, birth control, and libotomies with the freedom of association that will allow us to all become good d-baggers.
Posted on January 23, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Government Fail, Liberal Worldview, Market Interference, Obama Fail, Obama Term Two, Presidential Inauguration. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.