President bemoans “lack of confidence in our government”
During a speech at a fundraiser for congressional Democrats in La Jolla, California yesterday, President Barack Obama urged “wrongheaded” Americans to place more trust in the government.
Obama stated that a perception on behalf of middle class families that people in Washington did not care about them has reinforced “apathy or a lack of confidence in our government,” before he went on to blame Republicans for making Americans think, “they’re on their own and government doesn’t have an appropriate role to play.”
Obama said the Democrats’ goal in the midterms was to “break that grip” and reverse the “wrongheaded vision” that big government is not the answer.
“Yes, Americans have been tricked by wily Republicans into thinking their government hates them. Stupid Americans. We’ve got to reprogram them so they will accept more federal spending and help Obama build beautiful piles of debt for our children to pay off,” chides Keith Koffler.
Obama’s rhetoric echoes similar sentiments he expressed during a speech delivered to Ohio State University graduates just over a year ago.
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems,” Obama told the audience at the Ohio State commencement ceremony. “They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices”.
Obama went on to imply that “individual ambition” was a negative concept before adding, “We don’t think the government is the source of all our problems”.
That strikes a somewhat different tone to one of Obama’s predecessors, Ronald Reagan, who repeatedly gave speeches warning that “government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem”.
Obama’s constant talk of embracing and trusting big government sounds like an infamous scene from the cult sci-fi classic They Live in which an alien (disguised as a politician) urges Americans to “have faith in our leaders”.
Given Obama’s lust to concentrate unparalleled levels of executive power into the hands of the state while relentlessly growing the size of government, the extraterrestrial from They Live comes off looking a lot less sinister than the President.