"Government is the only thing we all belong to." That assertion was the theme of a now infamous DNC video that aired during the Democratic convention in Charlotte. After it was lambasted by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to the Romney campaign, Obama staffers distanced themselves from the video, blaming it on "the host committee of the city of Charlotte." That should make North Carolinians ecstatic -- now they're under the bus with everyone from Larry Summers to the Rev. Wright. But no matter how the DNC attempts to disown the video in question, it can't disavow the message. For this president, government is the only thing that matters. We all belong to government, and Obama is the government.
Human Events author John Hayward labeled the video "one of the worst monsters from the Democratic id," and he was right. The Democratic id has long sought to strip Americans of their liberty and confer greater power on government. Government now has its hand in everything from prenatal to end-of-life care (for which Obama's Medicare czar Donald Berwick prescribed "morphine and counseling" over treatments that might prolong life). The American people already belong to government more than any of the nation's Founders could have imagined. But Obama wants us to belong more.
That idea of belonging did not just pop into Obama's head one morning while he was out community organizing. It is an idea that has had a long and appalling history. It is the Trojan horse by which progressives, as liberals now call themselves, have always sought to undermine our democratic system and replace it with government imbued with dictatorial powers.
"We stand in the presence of a revolution," Woodrow Wilson observed at the beginning of his presidency -- a revolution in which the people will "hold their honor steady to a common end" (my italics). Or, as Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "[t]he liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself." In other words, the state must dominate the private economy, or citizens will lose their liberty. Huh? Or, according to Lyndon Baines Johnson, "[t]here are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves." ("You didn't build that...") Then there was Jimmy Carter, who equated liberalism with a higher power: "I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my own political duty." And now Barack Obama, who thinks he is the higher power.
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