President Obama Sunday all but accused Republicans of lacking patriotism, suggesting their limited government philosophy betrayed an absence of faith in the American system itself.
Obama, who spoke at the Ohio State University commencement, vowed “I’m not going to get partisan” – and then launched into one of the most partisan fusillades of his presidency, caricaturing conservative thought and beseeching the students to “reject these voices”:
Unfortunately, you’ve 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 also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.