“POWER, NOT PROGRESS”
by KrisAnne Hall, ©2013, blogging at KrisAnneHall
(Feb. 21, 2013) — In a recent State of the Union Address Obama invoked the name of JFK, in an apparent attempt to link himself to the Democrat President. I assume by making a reference to a President respected by many, particularly by Democrats, Obama hopes to place himself on that same plane of adoration. But how similar are these two Presidents? There may be some similarities, but there are also very distinct differences.
Obama began his recent address with the following statement:
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task” he said, “to report the State of the Union— to improve it is the task of us all.”
Obama’s use of this statement is interesting in what it omits. Here is Kennedy’s original statement:
“Members of the Congress, the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. We are all the trustees for the American people, custodians of the American heritage. It is my task to report the State of the Union—to improve it is the task of us all.” JFK Jan 11, 1962
The word “trustees” describes a government hired by the people as agents of the people, subservient to the people. Obama strides as a colossus above the people and where he cannot find willing submission to his desires, he unilaterally enforces his will over the people. “Custodians” would suggest a duty to preserve our Constitutional heritage, not fundamentally transform the foundations of the Republic. Obama thinks, as Chris Rock proclaimed, that he is the “boss” of the people, our “dad of the country” and if Obama decides that we no longer need portions of our Constitution, we should bow to his will. Obama despises the Constitution and the limitations it places upon his monarchy and his statements are full of contradictions and deception. This statement, taken from his State of the Union, is a perfect example.
The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem.
That may be true of the American people, but Obama doesn’t really believe that, and his own words give him away. In this same speech, Obama directly contradicts himself so many times it makes me wonder how he ever choked out the original assertion. Everything in the speech was about what the government will and must do to solve all of our problems, including the assertion that private industry is so incapable of doing anything that it must have government as its partner. Sadly, we know that many in private business are only happy to take tax-payer dollars while they line their own pockets. Government subsidizing private enterprise only engenders waste and corruption, and the end goal is power, not progress.