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Obama commencement address: Reject voices that warn of government tyranny

By Doug Powers  •  May 6, 2013 11:20 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Shorter Obama commencement speech: “We’re from the government and we here to help you. Anybody who tells you otherwise is operating against your self interest.”

From Real Clear Politics:

U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: 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 do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny 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 we can’t be trusted.

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. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.

Interesting. Obama said that those who warn others to be on the lookout for government tyranny run counter to the reason this “brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule” 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 “off” position?

Thomas Paine wrote about the “government and society should be a single entity” approach in Common Sense, and concluded the two should never be indistinguishable:

“Some 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;”

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**Written by Doug Powers

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  • http://tatesrevivalfires.wordpress.com drgwtate

    Finally someone’s telling the truth about this phony that usurped the office of the president of USA and does everything in hi power to destroy the true.patriots who object to his tyranny and marxism. God save America from this despot fraud.

  • http://tatesrevivalfires.wordpress.com drgwtate

    My thoughts on this subject… We must vry out against tyranny and marxist communism with every breath in our bodies until this is overturned.

  • runnysplack

    I like how he eludes to us all being in this “together”. This is nothing more than an illusion. If the government’s monopoly on violence breeds power disparity, and power disparity breeds violence, then how can we all be in this together? Do I have the ability to defend myself or my family against an unethical action of a public authority figure? No. This government has gone the way all government’s will if left to their own devices, mercantilist, plutocratic facism.

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