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Speak Out for Freedom, Mr. President

The president's rhetorical effort to support the Iranian protesters pales next to words uttered by past presidents in similar situations.

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Eric Florack

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June 19, 2009 - 12:30 am
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In the long list of things done and said by Barack Obama since walking into the Oval Office, is there any one thing you can think of that would suggest he believes freedom is the answer for the human condition?

There’s certainly nothing I can think of, but I suppose there are those who would consider me to be less than fair when talking about such issues. But I am confident you won’t be able to think of anything, either.

I raise the question because the answer is key when analyzing his words and actions responding to the Iranian situation.

At every turn since becoming president, as various problems have presented themselves, Barack Obama has raised the power of government over people (usually the least accountable government possible, his pledge for transparency notwithstanding) and eschewed the free market solution. He’s taken over the banks and the auto companies. He’s now working on taking over health care. He’s appointed “czars” who are not accountable to any elected authority and who even Democratic Senator Robert Byrd insists are unconstitutional.

These are not the actions of someone who thinks freedom paramount. Clearly government, and not freedom, is Obama’s panacea.

With this is mind, why are we so shocked and amazed when he refuses to stand up for freedom for the people of Iran? He’s already made it consistently clear that he doesn’t support freedom. Rather, he thinks government is the solution for every problem.

By contrast, let’s analyze the response to similar situations by previous presidents.

On his inauguration day, back in 1961, John F. Kennedy told the world in no uncertain terms that he planned to fight for liberty:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Apparently, Mr. Obama is no Jack Kennedy.

No question, those are some of the strongest words ever uttered in an inauguration speech. Not for the weight of the words themselves, but because of the principles behind them. Kennedy made it clear that liberty is worth fighting for. Even someone else’s freedom is worth any price we have to pay.

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