Bill Murchison

In Obama's mind, as in the minds of "progressives" everywhere, the federal government is everything. People at the local level, leading lives of their own, making most of their own decisions -- it doesn't work for "progressive" folk, bless their do-gooding hearts. Progressives don't welcome restrictions on their operational abilities. If everyone would do exactly as they say, what a wonderful world it would be! Why can't non-progressive dopes latch onto the progressives' gift for wisdom and organization, superior intelligence and compassion?

One thing non-progressives can appreciate, nonetheless, is the inherent folly of "solutions" imposed from the top, with minimal care, if any, for America's vast variety of lives and situations and aspirations and hopes. The progressive inability to understand that large numbers of American care deeply for their basic freedoms is the factor that over and over again thwarts top-down liberals: it drives them nuts, actually.

Public doubts and dislike concerning the president's signature achievement, Obamacare, are among the heartening signs of our otherwise-fraught times. Do such matters deter the president presently? Evidently not. He's got other programs he wants us to get with: so many, not even Nancy Pelosi likely can keep up with them.

The president badly -- grossly -- overestimates public demand, not to say capacity, for his get-with-it, we-know-better-than-you-do agenda. Guns, deficits, immigration and all the rest for dessert? At the very thought, a deep groan will escape the lips of millions.

It is necessary to note that not everything Obama mentioned on Monday is outlandish: There were good words about personal independence and pride in work, about equivalent chances at success. If only -- put it this way: If only he'd get off his Big Government soapbox and look around at the number of Americans doing fine or finer without the tender ministry of the federal bureaucracy! What he doesn't seem to know now he may know in four years: Americans got tired of the "king" business, oh, around 1776. If he thinks they've changed their minds, he might be in for, say, a mild shock to the nervous system.


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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