President Obama gave the commencement speech at Ohio State University this weekend. He urged the graduates to reject the voices in the culture that are always warning that government tyranny lurks around the corner. (Video here.)
1. We need no further proof to justify a chorus of horse-laughter over his claim to being a Constitutional scholar. Because a Constitutional scholar would have read a book or two. Specifically, say, the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers. He would’ve seen that the nation was extremely concerned about tyranny in America in the run-up to the ratification of the federal Constitution. Indeed, those on the Anti-Federalist side seem more like prophets with each passing day, as they were convinced that the new Constitution would not, in fact, keep tyranny from happening here. Warning about government tyranny is practically the sine qua non of the American experiment.
President Reagan spoke as an American in this honorable tradition when he quipped that the scariest words in our language were, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Mr. Obama speaks those words in earnest, like he really means them, and wonders why anyone would be nervous about it.
2. I really have no idea who he’s talking about, these mysterious voices warning of tyranny lurking around the corner. Everyone I know who is paying any attention is aware that tyranny is here right now, out in the open! I wish we lived in a time when tyrants were still afraid to show themselves!
One comment left under the video made me think of the old game show, The $20,000 Pyramid, and Mr. Obama is trying to get a contestant to blurt out, “Things a Dictator Would Say!”
Is it merely coincidence that the President made these remarks, urging the grads to support (and not suspect) the federal government, at the same time that the NRA was holding its 2013
Victory Celebration Convention in Houston? At roughly the same time that Glenn Beck was warning that 2nd Amendment is the last line of defense for our freedoms?
I can’t help but hear some hurt feelings in between the lines of his speech. Well, cry me a river, sir, cry me a river.
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