In a recent fundraising speech, President Obama stated, “The way I think about it is, this is a great country that had gotten a little soft.” However, he fails to mention what has done the softening: the progressive agenda that he promotes.
For decades Americans have been indoctrinated into weakness and passivity, dependence on the State for our very existence, much like a child depends on its parents. The progressives in all levels of government, from local to federal, seek to become our surrogate parents, our “nanny.” It started with small morsels of legislation such as a seat belt law to keep us safe and smoking bans to protect us from killer second hand smoke. And then there’s this: California was the first state that started this overreaching government intrusion of the “Nannies,” which has spread to states throughout our nation. The tried to ban fast food restaurants and toys from “Happy Meals.”
And then there’s this: “Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento are fast-tracking a bill that would require workers’ compensation benefits, meal breaks and paid vacation time for all domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and even teen babysitters,” according to CBS News in Los Angeles. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a recent speech to the United Nations, stated this: “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”
This is not limited to the states; it is prevalent at the federal level too. Starting in January 2012, the sale of all incandescent light bulbs is banned, only the curly fluorescent bulbs filled with poisonous mercury will be allowed. Let’s not forget that President Obama and his administration have orchestrated the biggest nanny intrusion of all time the health care law.
Progressives would have you believe that all the legislation and regulation is for the greater good; they are also a method of control. These laws and regulations are enforced by judicial punishment and fines. And to what end? During this presidency we have seen kids’ lemonade stands being shut down and the parents being fined. A couple was fined for having a Bible Study Group in their home. Instead of the “Occupy” crowd protesting banks, Wall Street, and other symbols of capitalism, they should be protesting the government over the loss of freedom and the rights that were written in the Constitution.
Obama’s condescension knows no bounds, using patronizing language of a parental figure as a means of controlling. Obama has told us that we had to “tone down the harsh rhetoric,” “eat our peas,” “take off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching shoes,” and recently, Obama delivered this doozy: “it was time to stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying and get to work.” This is not reminiscent of a President; it is more like a parent.
We are helping the “nannies” continue to intrude in our lives by making us dependent servants of government. For this to happen we are being dumbed-down by the progressives in office because that is another way in which to exert control over the population. This can be seen in the “Occupy” protests in which they use repetition of every word a speaker is stating. The “Occupy Atlanta” looks more like an adult version of Romper Room. During the speech in which Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), an icon of the Civil Rights Movement who worked side-by-side with Martin Luther King, was scheduled to speak in support of the protesters, he was silenced by a person stating that he was not special. He walked out in disgust. The speaker told the crowd to use “Spirit Fingers,” to show approval and another sign to show disapproval. This is not democracy, but a mob of mindless drones.
When you allow the government to intrude upon an individual’s choice it can only lead to a dictatorship. A government that over-regulates its people is not conducive to freedom and can only be oppressive. This could be another reason some progressives in government want to change the National Anthem; we are no longer living in the land of the free.