Translation: Don’t think. Don’t Question. Â Just go along with whatever the ruling class tells you to do.
A year to the day after kicking off his re-election campaign at Ohio State University, President Barack Obama returned to the college campus and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their â€œdemocracyâ€ can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nationâ€™s future.
Obama also urged the students to â€œreject these voicesâ€ that warn of the evils of government,Â saying:
Still, youâ€™ll hearÂ voices that incessantly warn of governmentÂ as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity thatâ€™s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; orÂ that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You shouldÂ reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative,Â unique experiment in self-rule is just a shamÂ with which we canâ€™t be trusted.
We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems, nor do we want it to. But we donâ€™t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. BecauseÂ we understand that this democracy is ours.Â As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. Itâ€™s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
The cynics may be the loudest voicesâ€”but they accomplish the least.Â Itâ€™s the silent disruptorsâ€”those who do the long, hard, committed work of changeâ€”that gradually push this country in the right direction, and make the most lasting difference. [Emphasis added]
Doug Powers makes a powerful observation:
Interesting. Obama said that those who warn others to be on the lookout for government tyranny run counter to the reason this â€œbrave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-ruleâ€ called the United States of America was formed, when in fact a stand against government tyranny is precisely why this country came into existence. Can somebody please flick the paradox switch on the teleprompter to the â€œoffâ€ position?
Thomas Paine wrote about the â€œgovernment and society should be a single entityâ€ approach inÂ Common Sense, and concluded the two should never be indistinguishable:
â€œSome writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one;â€
1. We need no further proof to justify a chorus of horse-laughter over his claim to being a Constitutional scholar. Because a Constitutional scholar would have read a book or two. Specifically, say, theÂ Federalist PapersÂ and theÂ Anti-Federalist Papers. He wouldâ€™ve seen that the nation was extremely concerned about tyranny in America in the run-up to the ratification of the federal Constitution. Indeed, those on the Anti-Federalist side seem more like prophets with each passing day, as they were convinced that the new Constitution would not, in fact, keep tyranny from happening here. Warning about government tyranny is practically theÂ sine qua nonÂ of the American experiment.
President Reagan spoke as an American in this honorable tradition when he quipped that the scariest words in our language were, â€œWeâ€™re from the government and weâ€™re here to help.â€ Mr. Obama speaks those words in earnest, like he reallyÂ meansÂ them, and wonders why anyone would be nervous about it.
2. I really have no idea who heâ€™s talking about, these mysterious voices warning of tyranny lurking around the corner. Everyone I know who is paying any attention is aware thatÂ tyranny is here right now, out in the open! IÂ wishÂ we lived in a time when tyrants were still afraid to show themselves!
I especially like Trifecta’s take on this:
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