Obama Urges Grad Students to "Reject" Warnings About "Government
President Barack Obama gave a speech to Ohio State University graduates yesterday during which he urged them to "reject" warnings about government "tyranny" and to place more trust in the state.
“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,”Obama told the audience at the Ohio State commencement ceremony. “They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”
Calling on the students to dispense with "individual ambition," Obama attempted to align his big government agenda with the vision of the founding fathers, lamenting the fact that less and less Americans trust the state.
"We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn't want to. But we don't think the government is the source of all our problems, either," added Obama.
Obama's remarks strike a somewhat different tone that those of his predecessor Ronald Reagan, who repeatedly gave speeches warning that "government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem."
Although Obama invokes the intention of the founding fathers in his bizarre statist rhetoric, their views on government were also decidedly different.
"Those are governed best who are
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason, nor
eloquence. It is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and
a fearsome master."
-- George Washington
"The sheep are happier of themselves,
than under the care of wolves."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"I think we have more machinery
of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor
of the industrious."
"Only a virtuous people are capable
of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need
-- Benjamin Franklin