Barack Obama is running out of fresh catch phrases, and it’s becoming almost comical. On Sept. 8, 2010, President Obama addressed his fellow Americans at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio, to remind them that it’s those pesky Republicans who are stopping the hope and change this country desperately needs, through fear-mongering and backwards thinking.
Obama attempted to remind his audience that his progressive agenda was the key to a future worth living in, whereas the GOP was stuck in a degenerate past of terrifying economic and social policy. “If we’re willing to choose hope over fear, and choose the future over the past, and come together once more around the great project of national renewal, then we will restore our economy and rebuild our middle class and reclaim the American Dream for the next generation,” Obama said to cheers and applause. While these pop phrases sound good, they are shallow buzzwords crying for a new and transformed United States of America.
I like America. I like the way America was conceived. I like the way America is a place that rewards hard work and frowns upon laziness. But Obama doesn’t like that part about America. When he asks us to choose the future over the past, what past is he referring to? Because America’s principles of limited government were constructed in 1776. 1776 is in the past. Is that the past he wants to change? A past in which deists and Christians came together to form a more perfect union? A past that gave people the right to have representation in the areas concerning taxation? A past that created a capitalistic market and system that in return has been a leader in industry, military and ideas? He wants to change that past?
As for Obama’s idea that there is a giant hole in the middle class, I’d like to know why he’s so concerned, considering his agenda is to “spread the wealth,” as he told 21st century folk hero Joe the Plummer. If one spreads the wealth so that everyone can have a piece, then there really isn’t a middle class, is there? There would simply be “class.” Most people are still middle class. Most people have a place to live, a car to drive and a one-week vacation to take. Some have less, and we would call them the poor. Some have more, and we would call them the rich. It’s a pretty simple concept. Obama doesn’t really want a middle class, but instead wants a world where all have the same health care, the same education, and basically the same luck in the areas of success. Luck is manifested through personal hard work, not by piggy-back riding on those who are doing most of the heavy lifting. Do not be fooled. Obama is not interested in restoring the middle class, but instead on reimagining it as one class.
And the idea that Obama supports the American Dream is a joke. First off, he doesn’t even believe the American Dream is necessarily a special ideal, as he once stated when asked about American exceptionalism: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Those 2009 comments show how much he disregards the American way of life. America is exceptional because it challenges her citizens to go beyond where they are to produce an unlimited amount of prosperity. Yet the European countries he mentioned don’t promote exceptionalism, but egalitarianism. Greece is rioting in the streets because they aren’t being handed every luxury of life, just as much of Europe is doing these days.
Ironically, Obama’s plan to fix these problems isn’t through innovative thinking, but instead through failed past ideas that include a $50 billion redistribution of wealth. If memory serves me right, the last stimulus was supposed to fix our woes, yet nothing has changed. Unemployment remains at almost 10 percent, our schools are still in the hole, and gas is still more than three bucks a gallon. The old adage states that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Well, America, welcome to insanity.