The Statist Of the Union



President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address was another call for collectivism. He believes government can and should be the center of the lives of his subjects, er, I mean, the citizens of the United States.

President Barack Obama’s 2013 State Of The Union speech aggressively placed government at the center of Americans’ lives, starting with a litany of government economic plans, and ending by celebrating Americans as the subjects of government.

“As Americans, we all share the same proud title: We are citizens,” he said emphatically at the end of his speech.

“It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status,” he said with great vehemence. “It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations.”

Merriam-Webster defines a citizen as “a legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.” (Read More)

His statist views are quite twisted, but he’s a true believer. And he will rule by fiat and work around Congress, unless he is able to help Nancy Pelosi  retake the Speaker’s gavel in the House.

The big question of President Obama’s second term is whether he wants to forge bipartisan compromises in the next two years, or whether he wants to spend these years campaigning against Republicans to regain Democratic control of the House in 2014 and then finish his Presidency with another liberal crescendo. Judging by his inaugural address and Tuesday night’s State of the Union, we’re guessing he’s going for Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Mr. Obama’s second inaugural was a clarion call to “collective action,” as he put it, and Tuesday’s speech showed what he thinks that should mean in practice. “The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” he said, while proceeding to offer a new government program to solve every problem.

Read the whole thing, it was all about government action, government growth, and government dictates. Of course, he claimed that all of his proposed new spending – what he calls “investments” – will be fully paid for. It’s the lie of the century. We all know how it will be paid for – through higher middle class taxes and death panels. Statism, or collectivism, or progressivism,or whatever you want to call it, always leads to misery for the masses while the politically connected are insulated from the rotten policies they impose on everyone else.

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