Obama’s Inversion of What Makes America Great
Recently, I appeared on PJTV’s Front Page with Allen Barton to discuss President Obama’s victory speech. What should be infamous about this speech is the section on what Obama thinks makes America exceptional:
“This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.
What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth.
The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.”
What are these obligations that we must accept? If the kind of welfare programs that Obama champions is any indication, he surely means that we must be content in paying other people’s mortgages, student loans, medical bills, retirement pensions, unemployment benefits, or child care costs.
But the view that America is a land where we have innumerable, unspecified obligations towards each other is the complete opposite of what makes America great. What makes America great is the country’s founding spirit: that this is a land of opportunity where every individual has the right to his life, his liberty, and the pursuit of his happiness.
But can you really pursue your happiness in the fullest sense of the expression if your happiness must come second to paying for your unchosen obligations to provide others with a home, health care, or a retirement pension?
To hear me speak to this, and to how our Founding Fathers would never stand for today’s regulatory state, you can watch the full segment below.