Brett Joshpe

Go to Barack Obama’s website and you can find a “Kids for Obama” section, which says, “For the first time in campaign history, children ages 12 and under, have a place to go and actually vote—through their voice.”  Children 12 and under?  Really? 

Browse the Internet and you can find videos of Obama’s supporters, many of whom are too young to vote, pledging their loyalty to the Democratic presidential nominee. One clip features nearly a dozen black teenagers marching and chanting in unison, shouting names of professions that Obama inspires them to pursue.  Another startling video, which one almost expects to morph into a coming attraction for Children of the Corn 8, shows young children in a classroom wearing Obama “Imagine Hope” t-shirts and singing to their “Dear Leader.” Anyone watching this spectacle should be forgiven if suddenly the financial mess is not the only thing evoking thoughts of the 1930’s.  

These are scary times.  The international financial markets continue hemorrhaging like Sonny Corleone at a toll-booth; forgotten Islamo-facists are still plotting mass-murder against all us of us; and, Iran, whose President insists that the Holocaust never happened, moves closer everyday to ensuring that a second Holocaust does.  Approximately half of voting Americans are ready to elect as President a Left-wing, former law lecturer with far more questionable associations than legislative accomplishments.  There are many reasons why this should give pause, not the least of which is Obama’s cultish following, the likes of which we haven’t seen in America since Robert Owens’ socialist New Harmony settlement in Indiana in the 1820’s. 

However, the prospect of an Obama presidency is not just scary, it is sad.  Obama talks of hope, but it begs the question: Are we so morally depleted as a society that we need government to inspire us and give us hope?  Has anyone gone into the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Post Office lately?  That is government; it is long lines and instant coffee.  And there is nothing wrong with that.  As James Madison recognized, government is is also not to be trusted.  It certainly should not inspire.  American ideals should inspire.  Parents should inspire. The kid down the street who is serving in Iraq should inspire.  Not government.

Brett Joshpe

Brett Joshpe is co-author, along with S.E. Cupp, of the book, "Why You're Wrong About the Right: Behind the Myths: The Surprising Truth About Conservatives."
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