Bill Murchison

There's an upside, naturally, to the power grab ("We are made for this moment, and we will seize it."), the president announced to the whole world Monday.

The upside comprises of two parts: the now-we-know part and the ain't-likely-to-happen part.

What we now know is that an unabashed president elected by a slight majority of his countrymen means to go full throttle with the "progressive" agenda as his collaborators in the major media continue to identify the liberal agenda in its advanced form.

"We understand," said Barack 0bama, "that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. So we must harvest new ideas and technology to remake our government." Whoa. Wait. "Remake the government"? That's what goes on here? Who knew, last November?

It gets more challenging. We're going to "take the risks that make this country great," responding to "the threat of climate change," eliminating long waits in voting lines, revamping the tax code, equalizing pay for "our wives, our mothers and daughters," overhauling immigration policy, promoting the well-being of "our gay brothers and sisters" reforming schools and providing the good life for everybody -- "the generation that built this country" and the one "that will build its future."

In there as well was something about making "the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit." The idea got lost in the great pile-up of liberal ambitions long stifled by non-liberal doubts about things like cost and constitutional propriety. On Monday, the nation learned that its re-elected president entertains no such doubts. Obama's intention is to place the United States government at the service of practically every cause currently in favor at The New York Times and in Hollywood.

Anyway, we know now. Nobody reading or hearing Obama's remarks can entertain the slightest doubt of his indifference (that might be putting it mildly) toward the private sector or the federal principles embedded in the Constitution -- the distinction between state and national powers, which distinction strengthens and enhances freedom at all levels of American life.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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