In perhaps his most hyper-partisan and unpresidential speech since he first became president over five years ago, Barack Obama declared to an audience at Ohio State University that Republicans view the U.S. political system as a “sham”. He went on to offer up a conficting, and at times, outright odd depiction of all those who oppose his own views on what America is – and isn’t, and told those there that in essence, being an American citizen is opposing those who oppose him.
(WANT TO BE A “REAL” AMERICAN? OPPOSE ALL THOSE WHO OPPOSE ME)
Obama: Republicans Think U.S. System “a Sham”
Obama, who spoke at the Ohio State University commencement, vowed “I’m not going to get partisan” - and then launched into one of the most partisan fusillades of his presidency, caricaturing conservative thought and beseeching the students to “reject these voices”:
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Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which can’t be trusted.
Obama intimated that the power of conservatives – and any success they have opposing to his policies – derives from cynicism in the electorate and an abdication by citizens of the “authority” given them by the Founders:
The Founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it. That’s how we end up with lobbyists who set the agenda; and policies detached from what middle-class families face every day; the well-connected who publicly demand that Washington stay out of their business — and then whisper in government’s ear for special treatment that you don’t get.
That’s how a small minority of lawmakers get cover to defeat something the vast majority of their constituents want. That’s how our political system gets consumed by small things when we are a people called to do great things.
Obama urged the students to embrace “citizenship.” Incredibly, he suggested this meant opposing those who would oppose him. LINK
That last part there is a chilling reminder of just how narcissistic Barack Obama truly is. To tell a group of young Americans that they are not in fact true Americans unless they go out and work to defeat those who oppose HIS agenda is something I cannot recall coming from the mouth of any other president in American history – certainly not in the modern era of politics.
The Founding Fathers, if they were somehow placed in the audience during this latest Obama speech, would be turning to one another with eyes wide and jaws set, clearly communicating to one another that something has gone terribly wrong that such a person was now engaged in being this nation’s president. Where the Founders feared Big Government, Barack Obama has embraced it. Where the Founders detested the necessity of politics, Barack Obama is nothing but politics on all issues great and small – the most important issue always being himself.
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