The president said, "A decade of war is now ending." You wouldn't know it by looking at the terrorist attacks in Algeria, Mali or Benghazi. Terrorists don't think war is ending. Wars don't end with a unilateral declaration. Someone has to surrender.
There was little about individualism, only the "collective." Ayn Rand warned against collectivism in the January 1944 issue of Reader's Digest: "Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group -- whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called 'the common good.'"
Is it the president's view that government, not the individual, is supreme?
It will be tough for Republicans to counter the president's apparent march toward collectivism, but it can be done if they stiffen their spines.
They might watch "American Idol" -- the TV show, not the president. On a recent broadcast, 24-year-old Curtis Finch Jr. of St. Louis auditioned. Finch is a tutor at a charter school. Before singing he said, "I'm a hard worker. I believe in perfecting my craft and I believe anything is possible no matter where you're from and no matter what you've been through." He then sang a Gospel song, "God is Able," and won a unanimous vote from the judges, which sent him through to the next round.
Someone in the Republican Party should call Finch and invite him to speak to Republican members of Congress. He has the right attitude. It is the supremacy of the individual not government that has made America the "idol" of the world.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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