Divisive, not divided? Oh. Nevermind.
What Obama Believes Is Divisive
Snippits from an article by: Stephen B. Young from Opinion page in Star Tribune/Minneapolis, MN
President Obama’s inaugural address revealed something important, but worrisome, about how he understands America. [snip]
In his well-crafted speech, Obama surprisingly seemed oblivious to the intensity of America’s continuing cultural civil war. The center he envisions for himself does not exist. What he takes as the mainstream is, in reality, only the entitlement subculture. [snip]
Interpreting the meaning of our founding is the very battlefield on which our cultural war is being fought. Not everyone accepts Obama’s vision of what it means to be an American. Half the country holds contrary views. There are many ways to think about “equality,” and some do not lead to privileging some Americans over others in access to government entitlements at a large expense to the commonweal.
Those who do not accept Obama’s vision see themselves, with some justification, as being just as faithful as he is to the founding. The Tea Party movement, to name one alternative, presents itself as defending core American values against Obama’s policies. [snip]
The Declaration does not say we have self-evident entitlements to a share of government income to make our lives easier. Why am I entitled to something that is yours? Our self-evident right is to pursue happiness on our own, not demand it from our neighbors or from the state.
More important, it is very possible to believe, as did nearly all the framers, that rights are merely powers for us to use on our own behalf. What we get in the exercise of our rights is not equality but inequality of outcomes. It’s understandable that today some Americans still believe that this should be the mainstream course of our democracy.
The role of government — another self-evident truth in the Declaration — is to protect us in the exercise of our rights, not to take sides against us when we prove too successful or when we attempt to live in accordance with the moral desires of our chosen creator, which is part of our right of liberty.
Read the whole article here.