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Obama’s Artifice

I didn’t watch all of the Democratic National Convention — yawn — but I saw enough to know I didn’t miss anything. I heard Ted Kennedy’s speech, as well as Michelle Obama’s and Barack’s, and my initial response to all of it is this:  What a sham. These clever Dems know exactly what and what not to say, and they executed their parts perfectly. Their progressive, i.e. socialist ideology, was presented with such grace and artistry (not to mention a newfound optimism almost unheard of from the Dems) that I almost forgot I was watching the DNC. But this statement by Obama brought me back to reality:

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves – protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America – the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.

The last time I checked, our government had a virtual monopoly on education from kindergarten to the universities, so I’m not sure how the promise of government providing every child a “decent education” is change. Furthermore, if the state of education is any indication how government would handle investing in science and technology, then please let’s leave technology to the Bill Gates of the world.

But even more disturbing is how Obama masterfully evokes the idea of self-responsibility in one breath (while not actually endorsing it) and then in the same sentence proposes responsibility to others as the core belief for America. (Objectivists will recognize this fundamental premise of the Left:  Living for the sake of others or the state or the common good.)

No, socialism is not defeated yet. And I fear it is about to rear its ugly head in a man Robert Tracinski observes is one of the most “intelligent, charismatic and appealing” advocates of the left in half a century. That there were 84,000 people packed into Invesco field, some of them weeping, to hear this speaker accept the nomination for the presidency of the United States should give anyone pause.

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