Posted By Neal Boortz On May 3, 2010 (7:09 am) In Voices and Choices
Barack Obama delivered a commencement address to the University of Michigan over the weekend. How would you sum up Obama’s speech? All of this “anti-government” rhetoric is bad for our “democracy.” First let’s address this issue of democracy. Here’s what Obama had to say:
Moreover, democracy in a nation of more than three hundred million people is inherently difficult. It has always been noisy and messy; contentious and complicated. We have been fighting about the proper size and role of government since the day the Framers gathered in Philadelphia. We have battled over the meaning of individual freedom and equality since the Bill of Rights was drafted. As our economy has shifted emphasis from agriculture to industry to information and technology, we have argued and struggled at each and every juncture over the best way to ensure that all of our citizens have a shot at opportunity …
What is amazing is that despite all the conflict; despite all its flaws and frustrations, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any other form of government on Earth …
And now the question for your generation is this: how will you keep our democracy going? At a moment when our challenges seem so big and our politics seem so small, how will you keep our democracy alive and well in this century?
What is the problem with today’s politicians? Why do they insist on trying to mis-educate yet another generation of Americans with this idea that we are a democracy? If you’ve been listening to me for any length of time you will know .. and you’ll be among the very few that do know .. .that it was NEVER the intention of our founding fathers to create a democracy. They despised democracy. They feared democracy. They feared democracy much the same way a man in jail, wrongfully accused, would fear a lynch mob. I hate to be the one to break this to you, if you haven’t already figured it out, but we do not live in a democracy … and for this you should be eternally grateful. IF you search the founding documents of this country – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution – you will notice that the word “democracy” appears nowhere in these documents. This is because it was a dirty word. Remember that according to historian Joseph Ellis in his book “A History of the American People,” “… the term “democrat” originated as an epithet and referred to ‘one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.’” What a beautiful definition .. if that doesn’t fit the Democrat Party, and quite a few members of the Republican Party, than no phrase possibly could.
Are you wondering why politicians now settle on the word “democracy” instead of “Republic” when they define America? They do it for the same reason Illinois Democrat Congressman Phil Hare screamed “I don’t care about the Constitution” at a town hall meeting full of constituents angry over ObamaCare. These people truly don’t care about the rule of law and they don’t care about any provision in the Constitution that deprives them of power and authority. To these dangerous fools the Constitution is a hindrance – an inconvenient document that gets in the way of politicians who want to grow the federal government and to enhance their own power. A politician like Hare shouting “I don’t care about the Constitution” to the crowd needs a reason – some color of authority for his actions. That reason is the will of the masses; the will of the majority. These politicians will excuse every excess, every raw grab for power, every new government wealth seizure and redistribution program on the basis that this is what the people want, and to hell with the rule of law. There’s a reason democracy is called “the tyranny of the majority,” and the sooner Americans figure that out the better the chances of saving our Republic.
Rather than Obama’s comments about preserving democracy he should be promoting a return to Constitutional principals and the rule of law, not of me. Don’t hold your breath
Obama had more for the new graduates … he went on to demonize the ‘anti-government’ rhetoric currently prevailing around this nation – that means you, you tea partiers. Here’s what he had to say:
But what troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad … For when our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it conveniently ignores the fact in our democracy, government is us. We, the people, hold in our hands the power to choose our leaders, change our laws, and shape our own destiny.
The truth is, the debate we’ve had for decades between more government and less government doesn’t really fit the times in which we live. We know that too much government can stifle competition, deprive us of choice, and burden us with debt. But we’ve also seen clearly the dangers of too little government – like when a lack of accountability on Wall Street nearly led to the collapse of our entire economy.
So what we should be asking is not whether we need a “big government” or a “small government,” but how we can create a smarter, better government. …
The problem is that this kind of vilification and over-the-top rhetoric closes the door to the possibility of compromise. It undermines democratic deliberation. It prevents learning – since after all, why should we listen to a “fascist” or “socialist” or “right wing nut?” It makes it nearly impossible for people who have legitimate but bridgeable differences to sit down at the same table and hash things out. It robs us of a rational and serious debate that we need to have about the very real and very big challenges facing this nation. It coarsens our culture, and at its worst, it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response.
Compromise? Oh, I get it. We’re supposed to sit down and talk with those who ignore the Constitution and promote mob rule. Can’t you imagine that conversation? “OK, you can ignore this section of the Constitution if you will promise to honor this other section over there. Then in a couple of years we’ll sit down and negotiate whether or not we really want to adhere to that section of the constitution after all … ” This process will go on forever. You either honor our Constitution or you don’t. Where’s the negotiation room?
Let’s address this idea of government being inherently evil. If you were educated in a government school and/or if you are a Democrat who loves government … you can’t, for the life of you, understand why people wouldn’t like big government — not government, BIG government. Look at all the great things it does for us! Look at all it does to protect us! Look at all it does to make things fair! Now, if I had been giving this speech to the University of Michigan (no, I wasn’t asked), I would have had essentially the opposite message from Barack Obama about our government. Something to the effect of this ..
Be clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government. It is not wrong to fear government. In certain cases it is not even wrong to despise government when it assaults liberty. Government is force. Government is the ONLY entity in our society that can use force to accomplish its goals. Whenever in your life you encounter a person or an entity that is legally empowered to use force to accomplish virtually any goal it sets for itself .. be afraid, and resolve to defend yourself when necessary.
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