“No family, no church, no neighborhood, no village, no God . . .

but only government that takes over all these roles.” So saith P&R while attempting to channel the thinking of the President who has told us that:

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

Obama seems to find it entirely foreign to consider that the family, the church, the neighborhood, the village and yes, the government, are all entities which have particular purposes. The idea that God is the one who gave these things purpose would probably cause the leader of the free world to chuckle a bit about those bitter clingers.

While one can use a screwdriver as a hammer–that is a purpose to which it is poorly suited. Further, continued usage of the screwdriver as a hammer will cause it to not function properly as a screwdriver when that is needed.

Do we really want to use the federal government screwdriver for everything?

5 thoughts on ““No family, no church, no neighborhood, no village, no God . . .

  1. I don’t think the President is speaking of government as the exclusive agency that makes individual action possible. He is making the valid point that without a social contract, modern business doesn’t happen.

    1. Yes. The President has said that government can’t solve every problem–but when one looks at what he had done, he has yet to meet a problem which government was not the first tool he grabs to solve it.

      Actions speak far louder than words, no matter how much the speaker might desire us to not pay attention to what is actually done.

  2. The president is making an argument – that because *some* government activities are legitimate and necessary, *all* government activities are legitimate and necessary.

    He is also confusing the fact that everyone who succeeds has some help with the claim that everybody needs government help. The first is incontrovertible, the second highly unlikely. As I say in the post on my blog, it is the same confusion Mrs. Clinton sows in her book IT TAKES A VILLAGE. Undoubtedly children do better when raised in a community. Government is not a community. As such, they (the president and Mrs. Clinton) try to blur the distinction between government and these mediating institutions of family, church, neighborhood and indeed co-opt them so all that remains is government. Despite any statement to the contrary, this is what his actions demonstrate and the bulk of his speech expresses.

    President Obama is but one in a long line of Democrats to make this effort, but it is a logical fallacy as well as dangerous to liberty.

    1. He may be one in a long line, but more people seem to be believing the fallacy than ever before. Therein lies the real danger, since those same people are going to vote for hope and change.

      As noted, government is the tool he reaches for when presented with a problem to solve. People out of work? Jobs program. Folks without insurance? Obamacare mandate. The list is extensive.

      Part of the solution will be to exercise great wisdom in selecting leaders this November. The rest of the solution is for all of us to understand that we must experience some short term pain (aka sacrifice) if we are going to survive as a nation.

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