Written on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by David L. Goetsch
I was discussing President Obama’s DNC acceptance speech recently with a liberal professor who is a friend in spite of his misguided worldview. I claimed the speech proved that Obama was not fit to be re-elected president and needed to go in November. I said the president’s assertion that he just needs more time is nothing more than the pathetic excuse of a failed politician. My friend—a professor who regularly flunks colleges students who claim they just need more time—disagreed and challenged me to give him “one good reason” why President Obama should not be re-elected in November.
My first impulse was to respond: “Just one? I can give you one hundred.” But my friend was serious. He is an intelligent scholar and a sincere man—though shielded from reality by too many years spent in the ivory tower of academia. Consequently, rather than give him a quick glib answer, I took his question seriously. The reasons I gave him for believing America needs to replace Barack Obama in November are summarized in this article. Understand that the reasons contained in this column are over and above the fact that in his acceptance speech Barack Obama did nothing more than repeat the same promises from 2008—promises he has failed to keep—and ask for more time. This is the same type of request made by incompetent contractors who never manage to complete a building project on time, college students who party until the last day of class instead of doing their assigned work, and other ne’er-do-wells who cannot seem to get the job done but always have a ready excuse.
One reason President Obama must go is that if America loses its economic freedom, Americans will lose their personal freedom, and the president’s policies and programs are undermining our economic freedom. As a debtor nation, America is rapidly becoming an economic slave to nations such as China and Saudi Arabia. It would be hard for even the most ardent liberal to argue that these two nations—nations we owe trillions of dollars—have America’s best interests at heart.
The next reason President Obama must go in November is that his policies and programs are rapidly increasing the size of government. On this subject, Charles Koch—writing for Newmax on August 15th, said: “No centralized government, no matter how big, how smart, or how powerful can effectively and efficiently control much of society in a beneficial way. On the contrary, big governments are inherently inefficient and harmful. And yet, the tendency of our own government here in the U.S. has been to grow bigger and bigger, controlling more and more. This is why America keeps dropping in the annual ranking of economic freedom.”
The next reason I gave my friend that President Obama must go in November is that his policies and programs encourage dependence—the very opposite of independence and freedom. Because my friend is a liberal scholar, I quoted an American president worshipped by liberals concerning the issue of dependence on government. Believe it or not it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who said: “Continued dependence on government support induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” As an aside to the reader, this quote from FDR really makes liberals squirm. To attack it is to attack a liberal icon.
The next reason why President Obama must go in November is that his policies and programs reward society’s takers instead of its makers. Countries that enjoy the most freedom reward their producers, those who contribute to the economy and to making their communities better places to live, work, and raise families. These are the makers. Countries that enjoy the least freedom are those who take from the makers and give to the takers—entitled, non-productive people who contribute nothing to the economy and expect others to take care of them.
I gave my friend a long list of reasons that President Obama must go in November, but there is insufficient space in this column to include any more of them. Hence, I will skip to the last reason on my list. The president must go because he opposes everything that made America the greatest nation on earth and, if given the chance, will undermine our country’s prosperity, morality, and freedom. My friend’s response to the reasons I gave him concerning why President Obama must go in November was simple. He said, “I disagree with everything you just said.” He did not offer his list of reasons why he thought President Obama should be re-elected. He just said he disagreed with mine. But then, although a friend, he is a liberal—so what did I expect?