The View From 1776
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Obama State Of Mind Address
Despite rhetorical gestures in the direction of American individualism, the statist paradigm of government permeated the president’s State of the Union address.
President Clinton, hammered by mid-term elections in his first administration, sought the middle policy road, triangulating between extreme left and right positions. President Obama clings to his liberal-progressive-socialist world vision while offering a few feints in the direction of the individualism that characterized the founding generations and nothing in the direction of individual freedom from arbitrary government power that gave birth to the Bill of Rights.
In the president’s world vision, there is, of necessity, little scope for individualism. People’s standards of living, their jobs, their personal acquisitions all are subject to control by the political state. Wisdom and efficiency are thought to be the domain of the collectivized, powerful political state. Individuals unrestrained by regulations are too likely to do things or to head in directions that the government does not approve.
Bill Clinton said in his first term that he might support a tax cut, but people would just use the money for the wrong kinds of things. Clinton’s press secretary Dee Dee Myers told reporters that only the government has the power to improve people’s lives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opined that people would come to love Big Brother’s Obamacare, once they had been shackled with it.
The economy is seen by Democrat/Socialist Party leaders, not as the product of millions of individuals pursuing their own aims, but as the property of government to be organized as state planners see fit.
Quote from the President’s State of the Union Address:
...The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.
...Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it