Things get even wilder:
We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. … The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
Again, wow. In other words:
- We have money for everything.
- Why does the U.S. government have to spend more to invest in the generation that will build its future, especially since it is plunging that same generation into hopeless debt? How come previous generations have been able to handle this situation?
- More entitlements equal greater prosperity. By removing risks, they free us to take risks? How about: I’ll risk not buying health insurance because I know the federal government will give it to me free (i.e., at the expense of other people).
- In practice, Obama’s approach — as seen in the debate over taxes and the debt limit — is “damn the debt, full entitlements ahead!”
The same basic approach is applied to climate change, environmentalism, and energy. There is an emergency, we must spend a lot of money, we must act as fast as possible so we cannot really have a debate or think these things through, and we must have the federal government take the lead so we don’t fall behind others.
On foreign policy — which gets only a brief mention — the two main themes are:
America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe.
That is, we will lead from behind. And: “We will support democracy” everywhere.
The closest that Obama comes to defining the emergency: people are treated unequally due to their gender, race, or sexual preferences. He chooses as illustrations the women’s suffrage convention at Seneca Falls, NY (women got the vote a century ago); the civil rights marches at Selma (the civil rights bill passed almost a half-century ago), and the gay demonstrations at Stonewall (also, a long time ago).
Actual facts show that discrimination simply isn’t that common nowadays. So why does America need to be turned upside-down to cope with a problem that has been almost fully solved?
A single sentence best illustrates the Obama method:
For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.
It is a matter of publicly documented fact that in the Obama White House, women are paid disproportionately less. And it is a matter of fact that for any non-government enterprise to behave that way is already illegal under laws passed before Obama entered politics.
Thus, the following principles:
– Portray America as a disaster zone where inequality and unfairness run rampant, even though that is demonstrably untrue. Therefore, the United States must be fundamentally transformed.
– Portray those who don’t support you as engaged in evil, racist, etc., practices. Thus, those who criticize you are illegitimate and don’t deserve a fair hearing, much less compromise.
– Get away with breaking those principles yourself.