Robert Knight

Socialism – the abolishment of private property – sometimes advances at the point of a gun. At other times, it advances by co-opting the language of freedom.

In his State of the Union speech on Jan. 25, Barack Obama paid homage to the free market and families, while driving home his central point that government knows best.

He began and ended with stories of individuals doing great things. He even said families are important, and called for a five-year freeze on domestic spending. In between, he promoted more spending under the guise of “investment,” boasted of government takeovers of health care and student loans, blamed George W. Bush for the economic mess (“a legacy of deficit spending that began almost a decade ago”), took nasty shots at the oil and health insurance industries, and engaged in class warfare:

“Before we take money away from our schools or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break. It's not a matter of punishing their success. It's about promoting America's success.”

Mr. Obama also said he would begin to consider protecting the border, something he is under oath to do now but is not.

There was a sprinkling of pseudo-Reaganesque rhetoric, such as: “America's moral example must always shine for all who yearn for freedom and justice and dignity.”

But Reagan had a reliable moral compass. Obama is making it up as he goes along, slapping a moral sticker on anything that advances his leftwing agenda, however immoral it may be. This would include the lame-duck Congress’s imposition of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) military law, which will homosexualize the armed forces and require “training” of hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women that will violate their faiths and consciences.

Tough cheese, Obama says: “It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation.” This is socialist talk for: Resistance is futile. America’s plunge into depravity and moral confusion cannot be reversed. We won’t let it.

As with his economic policies, this will take plenty of coercion, which is the progressive coin of the realm.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.