President Obama spoke last week at the commencement ceremony for the class of 2013 at Ohio State University. In this speech, there were areas of praise and given honor to the class for their hard work and dedication over the past 4 years. However, underneath all of the praise and congratulations, there was a subtle undertone of the political agenda that the president has been trying to pass for the past 5 years. Typically a commencement speech to a graduating class should not involve political agendas; but if a close examination is done with this speech, it becomes clear that this was a very partisan and biased speech.
Let’s take a look at some of the segments that set off red flags for the Red Millennial staff:
12:00 “I’m not going to get partisan, because that’s not what citizenship is about.”
The president brought politics into his speech with this comment. If you have examined many of his speeches and/or policies, you can see that he is very partisan; shifting the blame of the sequester onto Republicans, claiming that new gun legislation not being passed was “shameful” etc. This president has done nothing but be partisan when something goes wrong!
12:55 “Your democracy does not function without your active participation.”
This is a false statement because the United States is not a democracy! It is a Constitutional Republic. It is important to know the difference. In a democracy, the majority rules, no matter what the consensus may be. A Constitutional Republic protects the rights and liberties of the individual from the majority. If our president does not understand what kind of government we have, how can we expect him to follow its rules?
15:35 “Unfortunately you have 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. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”
If anything stands out in this speech, it is this quote. Ignore the voices that warn of government tyranny? These voices do their best to “gum up the works?” These are the voices that keep our government in check, to ensure that it does not come to tyranny! Our entire system of checks and balances, separation of powers and social contract are the voices that warn of tyranny lurking around the corner. So are we to reject history and simply say that tyranny is never a threat? I’m sure the folks in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union would say otherwise.
16:55 “Founders trusted us with awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it too.”
This is a contradiction, because if the founders trusted the government, then there would be no separation of powers, checks and balances, and social contract. The entire base of the Constitution is the mistrust of the government, and putting the trust into the hands of the people. Asking for trust in the government is not what the founders designed America for. It was made so that the government would be accountable to the people, and the people would prevent tyranny.
17:33 “A small minority off lawmakers get cover to defeat something the vast majority of their constituents want”
This seems to be a very subtle hint at the recent gun control legislation that was rejected by the Senate. The president was very annoyed at this, and went as far as to say it was a “shameful day in Washington.” Really? Shameful to uphold the Constitution? But remember that the administration put out false numbers that nearly 90% of people wanted stricter gun laws. This survey was done on only 1,700 people, and cannot be used to define what the consensus of the American people is. Besides, if a vast majority of senators wanted more gun control, the bill would have been passed!
23:20 “What we will need is political will to harness the ingenuity of your generation, and encourage and inspire the hard work of dedicated citizens. To repair the middle class, to give more families a fair share, to reject a country in which only a lucky few prosper because that is antithetical to our ideals and our democracy.”
We need political will to harness ingenuity? That sounds awfully socialistic. Has America become the economic super-power it has been by subsidizing its economy? Of course not, but by allowing the free market to take its course, and let the invisible hand encourage ingenuity. In the next sentence, the president again refers to the middle class, and attempting to repair it (subtle hints of class warfare). Then he appeared to be implying that our country had been one that gave opportunity only to those at the top (the 1%, remember the Occupy Wall St. movement). Mr. President, then why is your administration making it so difficult for smaller businesses and families to find that opportunity?
There were many more red flags that the staff has seen, but they would be too many to list in one section. If you would like to, during our Google+ hangout on 5/6/2013, we discusses the speech in great detail. But after seeing some of these subtle hints you may or may not have seen before, do you think this was an appropriate speech to give at a commencement?