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by Cal Thomas
Bill Clinton isn't often wrong when it comes to politics, but his assertion in his 1996 State of the Union Address that "the era of big government is over" was a bit premature. In light of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address, the era of big government has just begun.
The reliably liberal columnist Dana Milbank of The
The president's address was more campaign rhetoric than visionary. He even lowered himself to reference Mitt Romney's inelegant remark about "takers" versus makers. Obama's comment was petty and beneath the grandeur of the moment.
There were many inconsistencies. The president quoted the Declaration of Independence, which reads all are "...created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life..." Apparently the president, who supports abortion, doesn't believe those rights extend to the unborn, not even those in the third trimester of life.
He declared again the false choice between caring for the elderly and needy and making necessary reforms in entitlement programs, but then it's not his money he's borrowing and spending, it's ours, or China's.
He spoke of America as being "one," but delivered little more than divisive rhetoric, pushing instead the left's extreme agenda on "green jobs," asserting that "global warming" is settled science, which it is not.
In response to his elevation of same-sex marriage as a civil right, Brian Brown, president of the
The president said, "A decade of war is now ending." You wouldn't know it by looking at the terrorist attacks in Algeria, Mali or Benghazi. Terrorists don't think war is ending. Wars don't end with a unilateral declaration. Someone has to surrender.
There was little about individualism, only the "collective." Ayn Rand warned against collectivism in the January 1944 issue of Reader's Digest: "Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group -- whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called 'the common good.'"
Is it the president's view that government, not the individual, is supreme?
It will be tough for Republicans to counter the president's apparent march toward collectivism, but it can be done if they stiffen their spines.
They might watch "American Idol" -- the TV show, not the president. On a recent broadcast, 24-year-old Curtis Finch Jr. of St. Louis auditioned. Finch is a tutor at a charter school. Before singing he said, "I'm a hard worker. I believe in perfecting my craft and I believe anything is possible no matter where you're from and no matter what you've been through." He then sang a Gospel song, "God is Able," and won a unanimous vote from the judges, which sent him through to the next round.
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Cal Thomas is a conservative American syndicated columnist and author syndicated in over 550 newspapers and is heard on over 300 radio stations
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