So, just as the fight for freedom among the slaves and the quest for the right to vote among women both entailed very slow processes, so also is the quest for Obama-styled "progress." At least that seems to be the message from the President's Wisconsin speech.
This, of course, raises the question of just what is "progress," as Mr. Obama defines it. Is it a robust and thriving economy, or is it the confiscation of wealth from the "haves" and the re-distribution of that wealth to the "have-nots?" Is it more competitive, more affordable healthcare pricing, or is it 'government control" over who receives healthcare?
But never mind the questions about Obama's actual objectives. Consider what he is asking his audience to think, and to believe. He wants us to believe that , just as solutions to slavery and female oppression eventually "worked, " so also will his "big government solutions" to America's current problems work, if only we allow adequate time.
But here's where Mr. Obama's analogy goes horribly awry. The problems of slavery and the oppression of women were in no small part "caused" by government itself - and the process of eradicating our society of those egregious social ills did not begin with "government programs," but rather, from outside the halls of government.
Think about it - the United States Government, itself (including the U.S. Supreme Court) determined that black people were not "fully human," and thus could be bought and sold as property. Similarly, the denial of a woman's right to vote was also sanctioned and upheld by the government. Liberals like Barack Obama talk eloquently about how government brought about "reform" - and indeed, over time, government did clean up its act and change its ways. But the demand for "reform," the instigation of "reform," didn't begin in Congress or in the White House.
No, real "reform" came from outside the U.S. government, and from within America's "moral-cultural system" - which is to say that the demand for change emerged mostly from religious communities and private civic groups. All that "singin'" and "hopin'" that the President spoke about - it didn't come from Congress or the White House. Private citizens in the "private sector" led the charge on correcting these grave American injustices, and the U.S. government followed - not the other way around.
The private sector has saved us from big, bad government in the past, and it will do so again. And President Obama absolutely cannot save us from big government - nor can he save us from himself.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.