Really, Mr. President?

Commentary from Twila Brase, President CCHF


January 23, 2013

This week I'm taking the liberty to use the "News to Know" section to answer the many and persistent questions I've been receiving about the exchange. But first, let's discuss the President's inauguration. 

Actions speak louder than words. Who was President Obama trying to convince otherwise in his inaugural speech
The president, with a four-year litany of big government actions showing little concern for our Founding documents, dared with his speech to put himself in the same league as the brave Founders who the wrote and signed them. 
The president who commandeered an auto company, imposed a national health care system, bypassed Congress to protect illegal immigrants, and now threatens our Second Amendment rights dared to draw comparisons between his administration and those 56 founders who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to secure our independence from British tyranny. 
Obama quoted our founding documents. He attested their significance. He even mentioned "Republic" once. Three times he mentioned "founding" (founding creed, founding principles, founding documents). Five times he said, "We the people." And although he referenced Newtown, he never mentioned his 23 executive orders on guns, mental health or curtailing the Second Amendment. 
He mentioned "we" 86 times. Maybe previous news reports about him saying "I" and "me" are why he stuck to "we." But the longer he went on, the more I felt like his "we" was not "we the people" but "we the government." The Wall Street Journal thought the same.
It's hard for a liberal to hide liberalness. Mr. Obama's big government philosophy emerged in statements like: "preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action." Well maybe, but if his first two years say anything, including an array of "collective" rallies opposed to his agenda, a divided Congress is also necessary.
Mr. Obama also claimed our social programs strengthen us as a nation: "The commitments we make to each other -- through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security -- these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great."
Really, Mr. President? 
Let's think about this: 
  • Every dollar of these social commitments (which Congress, not WE, made 50 - 80 years ago) is taken from the pockets of people now who may never see one dollar in return. 
  • YOU happily took one-half trillion dollars from Medicare, and added 20 new taxes, to expand Medicaid into the middle class through government subsidies. 
  • YOU took from taxpayers $800 billion to create a new middle class of takers -  people up to 400% of poverty who will get taxpayer-funded premium subsidies to buy higher Obamacare insurance. 
  • All of these new dollars for Medicaid and premium subsidies are taken from workers and go directly to lucrative health plans who have the legal authority to deny access to care. 
  • The $38 trillion unfunded Medicare liability is not sustainable -- it is most definitely a threat our economic strength.
President Obama was talking like a conservative. But we have four years of history to see that he governs like an ultra-liberal. There's nothing free-market, constitutional or "democracy with a little d" about him. 
Monday's inauguration was the beginning of the end of a very scary era for individual freedom. 
I'm looking forward to Friday, January 20, 2017. How much of our Republic will be left when President Obama waves good-bye on the inauguration of our next President  will depend on you, me, and every American who not only talks the talk of freedom, but walks the walk, pays the price, and does not waver.
I hope you'll stand with me to keep up the good fight for freedom.

Twila Brase RN, PHN
President, CCHF

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