I just endured most of President Obama’s speech to the Democrat National Convention. It was almost too much to bear. He didn’t lay out a plan to turn around the economy. It was just more of the same, and if we continue to get more of the same our children are doomed.
Despite what former President Bill Clinton would have you believe, Barack Obama is not a moderate. He is not a man who reaches across the aisle. He is a radical, who wraps his plans up in brilliant prose, written by speechwriters who are not as smart as he is, at least in his estimation.
George Will is often accused of being a RINO, or a sellout, but his latest column is well worth reading, especially after listening to the latest speech by Mr. Obama. Here’s an excerpt from Will’s column:
Progress, as progressives understand it, means advancing away from, up from, something. But from what?
From the Constitution’s constricting anachronisms. In 1912, [Woodrow] Wilson said, “The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of governmental power.” But as Kesler notes, Wilson never said the future of liberty consisted of such limitation.
Instead, he said, “every means . . . by which society may be perfected through the instrumentality of government” should be used so that “individual rights can be fitly adjusted and harmonized with public duties.” Rights “adjusted and harmonized” by government necessarily are defined and apportioned by it. Wilson, the first transformative progressive, called this the “New Freedom.” The old kind was the Founders’ kind — government existing to “secure” natural rights (see the Declaration) that preexist government. Wilson thought this had become an impediment to progress. The pedigree of Obama’s thought runs straight to Wilson.
And through the second transformative progressive, Franklin Roosevelt, who counseled against the Founders’ sober practicality and fear of government power: “We are beginning to wipe out the line that divides the practical from the ideal” and are making government “an instrument of unimagined power” for social improvement. The only thing we have to fear is fear of a government of unimagined power:
“Government is a relation of give and take.” The “rulers” — FDR’s word — take power from the people, who in turn are given “certain rights.”
This, says Kesler, is “the First Law of Big Government: the more power we give the government, the more rights it will give us.” It also is the ultimate American radicalism, striking at the roots of the American regime, the doctrine of natural rights. Remember this when next — perhaps tonight — Obama discourses on the radicalism of Paul Ryan.
Read the whole thing, President Obama is indeed the radical in chief.
Oh, and did any of you notice that his speech at the DNC tonight did not include mention of a plan to improve the economy? It was all about trust. Trust him to improve the economy on his word (which he has failed to do so far) and trust him not to take away your God given rights. What has he done to earn that trust, besides giving away more taxpayer dollars to his cronies and preferred voters?
If we give him his way, The Hunger Games may become more than just fiction.