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Obama: Republicans Think U.S. System “a Sham”

President Obama Sunday all but accused Republicans of lacking patriotism, suggesting their limited government philosophy betrayed an absence of faith in the American system itself.

Obama, who spoke at the Ohio State University commencement, vowed “I’m not going to get partisan” – and then launched into one of the most partisan fusillades of his presidency, caricaturing conservative thought and beseeching the students to “reject these voices”:

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works.  They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.  You should reject these voices.  Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

Obama intimated that the power of conservatives – and any success they have opposing to his policies – derives from cynicism in the electorate and an abdication by citizens of the “authority” given them by the Founders:

The Founders trusted us with this awesome authority.  We should trust ourselves with it, too.  Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it.  That’s how we end up with lobbyists who set the agenda; and policies detached from what middle-class families face every day; the well-connected who publicly demand that Washington stay out of their business — and then whisper in government’s ear for special treatment that you don’t get.

That’s how a small minority of lawmakers get cover to defeat something the vast majority of their constituents want.  That’s how our political system gets consumed by small things when we are a people called to do great things.

Obama’s subtle but no-less scathing attack on Republicans comes just as he supposedly is attempting to “build bridges” to the GOP in an effort to try to make progress on issues like immigration and the budget.

Obama made clear in his remarks how starkly his view of the Founders’ vision differs from that of conservatives, saying the Founders intended government as a tool for creating “community” that betters the lives of Americans. Conservatives believe the nation’s ethic is rooted in community among private citizens, and that the Constitution was drawn up to preserve freedom and limit government, not empower it.

The Founders “left us the keys to a system of self-government, the tools to do big things and important things together that we could not possibly do alone,” Obama said, proceeding to delineate a series of government initiatives like stretching “railroads and electricity and a highway system across a sprawling continent.”

Obama urged the students to embrace “citizenship.” Incredibly, he suggested this meant opposing those who would oppose him.

82 Responses to Obama: Republicans Think U.S. System “a Sham”

  1. What a Leader! Yikes!

    I want to more about his speech writer Ben Rhodes. He supposedly has a degree in fiction writing and is a “failed” novelist, all before becoming Obama’s speech writer at a young age, born 1077.
    Yesterday an article said the he “scrubbed” and re-wrote the Benghazi Talking Points and that he wrote, among most others, Obama’s “Apolgy” speech in Cairo early on. Did he write the one at Ohio State yesterday?

  2. One of President Obama’s most vicious and infantile speeches to date. Perhaps he did not realize he was in America, talking to Americans, about Americans.

  3. Everything he says in the blue boxes is really a description of his own administration. They know Orwell backwards and forwards.

    • I’m not going to read his speech–thanks for the summary, Keith–but I’m left wondering if he talked about jobs for the graduates at all.

    • Julie, the truth is he knows nothing about the Constitution which was created to LIMIT the power of the gov’t. He thinks the founding fathers wrote it to give it power and that citizens should not fear it or its hold over their lives?
      Is he stupid, ignorant or just wrong?

      • Willfully lying for the most part although I don’t think he did an ounce of work in college and law school so he probably doesn’t know much about the Constitution. This seems to be a Democratic problem: Nancy Pelosi doesn’t either.

      • I don’t recall the exact words he used but a few years ago he made the statement that he regretted that the Constitution did not go far enough to provide more powers to the government. This proves his lack of understanding of the intent of this document. It was written to limit, not expand the governments powers.

        • Maybe his opinion on America’s founding has “evolved”, just like everything else with this fraud. Before the 2008 election the sibilant snake was complaining how the Supreme Court didn’t go far enough during the civil rights era to break the constraints the Constitution placed on the power of the government.

  4. having read the full transcript of his remarks

    He uses the term, “Citizen” as it may appear in 1984. Citizen is not an individual but part of the Gov’t collective.

    I love this paragraph:
    “And that’s precisely what the Founders left us — the power, each of us, to adapt to changing times. They left us the keys to a system of self-government, the tools to do big things and important things together that we could not possibly do alone — to stretch railroads and electricity and a highway system across a sprawling continent. To educate our people with a system of public schools and land-grant colleges, including The Ohio State University. To care for the sick and the vulnerable, and provide a basic level of protection from falling into abject poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth. To conquer fascism and disease; to visit the Moon and Mars; to gradually secure our God-given rights for all of our citizens, regardless of who they are, or what they look like, or who they love. ”

    While it’s true the gov’t is needed to secure rights, it is false that we cannot do certain things without the gov’t.
    Charities take better care of the sick and poor than the Gov’t does. The Gov’t can’t even visit the Moon anymore.. Private industry will be doing that next. Railroads and electricity were stretched by private companies along with gov’t help. Obviously anything taking over land requires the gov’t. Private and home education is often much better than any public education.

    The fact is he is just wrong on his facts. Or he’s stupid.

  5. OMG can’t reply my head just exploded all over and I’ve run out of duct
    tape. Obama doesn’t know what patriotic means that little tantrum reminds me of Khrushchev and his pounding shoe.

  6. WAIT! Wasn’t it Harry Reid that was the guy that doens’t think that Congress should debate stuff, or disagree in any significant way from whatever the Prezzy wants?!?

    “HARRY REID: We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. The Tea Party kind of hides that.

    They don’t say they’re against government, but that is what it all amounts to. They’re not doing physically destructive things to buildings and people, directly, but they are doing everything they can to throw a monkey-wrench into every form of government, whether it’s local, state or federal. That’s what it’s all about. And so, anything they can do to through a monkey-wrench in the wheels of government, they’re happy doing that. And I’m sorry to say that my friend from Oklahoma is helping them. Maybe not directly, but indirectly, and that’s wrong. Government is not inherently bad; government is inherently good. ”

    One wonders if Harry thought Government was “inherently good” when Bush was President…

    And perhaps people with sudden Constitutional religion like Harry and Hopey should review how Obamacare was “passed”? Or where it started, if it is, in fact, a “tax” like Injustice Roberts tortured it into, and whether that’s where “tax” bills are SUPPOSED to start under the “Constitution”?

    No matter. Harry and Obama think that debate and stuff is wrong and unpatriotic. Majority Rules, right? Isn’t that what Harry’s saying here?

    Nazis had a majority in Germany in the ’30s. Slaveowners had a majority in the Confederate South. Egyptians had a majority in Goshen before the Exodus. Does this mean these majorities were “right”, and that political minorites were just to quit throwing “monkey wrenches” into the system?

    Maybe they’d agree with this “Constitutional law professor” at Georgetown University, Louis Seidman?

    A’s someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is. Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the official should change his or her mind because of this divination?’

    THIS, to Obama, would be “patriotic”.

    As long as HE’S in charge, of course…

    If Republicans were in charge, you think he’d change his mind?

    History would suggest yes.

    • I’m thinking that if Reagan or either Bush had gotten as far off the reservation as Obama has, the Congress including Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the libs would have been screaming about Constitution and Due Process and all the rest. That’s what’s so insidious about the powers that be in the Democrat (not Democratic — I hate that) party. They lie. Anytime the means seem to be justified by the end they want, they lie. They have no principles at all. And Barry S. is the King of this group. He lies so much he can’t keep his lies straight from day to day or speech to speech, and he doesn’t even let that slow him down. He’ll lie that he lied, and deny he said it even when it’s on tape. What a travesty that this low-life has been twice elected President.

  7. I don’t know which is worse – Obama’s speech or that the graduates sat and liked what he said. Did no one think to boo or not applaud or walk out?

    • Had it been me in the student audience (trying to remember that far back when I was that age) – I would have politely kept my boos to myself so I could pick-up my sheepskin and get the heck out of there. 1, 5, 10, or 20 years from now, will anyone in that audience remember a single word, phrase, or theme that he said?

      Even now I see how much clearer my thoughts are regarding politics (and theology) as like a fine wine, I have aged and gotten better (although some may say I’ve got some vinegar forming). Maybe I am a “Leo the late bloomer”?

      Does any graduate keynote speaker really say anything meaningful or memorable? Exceptions – Ronald Reagan or Keith Koffler? ;-)

    • How could they not dote? He’s one of them — even making sure to mimic NFL OSU grads by calling it THE Ohio State. Ever notice how his favorite fan base is college students? Just smart enough to sort of understand his carefully orchestrated speechifying, just naive enough to let idealism trump critical analysis, and just young enough to appreciate how hip Obama and the contents of his IPod are.

      His speech here is just another small part of the re-seeding of America by the left. Millions of little bits sown in talks, movies, television, “news” articles, emails, events, commentary — with the long range plan of eventually growing an entire nation fully entrenched in the liberal religion. In the short run, it looks innocent. In the long run (which these guys are good at), it can stack the deck for generations.

  8. He can’t get much more Orwellian. The Founders were in favor of expansive government? Find me a scintilla of evidence that such was the case! I will find you paper after paper and article after article written by the Founders, arguing for ratification of the Constitution because it would effectively limit central government and reserve powers to the states and the people. Limiting government was the very reason the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution during the ratification process — several states were not convinced the original document was an effective shackle on the central government.

    Obama is a tyrant by nature. He’s said very clearly this would all be so much easier if people would just get out of the way and let him do what he sees best. Not what is Constitutional, or what his duties actually are, but whatever he feels like this week to advance his own agenda and power.

    There is so much more to be said. Opposition to Obama and his anti-Constitution agenda is the only patriotic thing to do. The man is a blight on this country. The sooner we are rid of him from the White House (by impeachment or in 2016) the better.

    • Amen, DMcG. Here’s one of them. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

  9. Incredibly disingenuous Marxist claptrap from Barry “I’m not a socialist” Obama.

    Barry twists the founder’s words to mean exactly opposite of what they actually mean in true Alinsky fashion. And what’s truly evil is that Obama is spewing this Marxist propaganda to essentially kids who don’t possess a breadth of life experience to unravel the deceitful lawyerly language.

    Barack Obama needs to go.

  10. Awesome? Really? What are we–five yrs old? I have two choices, either let this alone, it speaks for itself…or point out that I trusted govt a LOT more before he hove onto the scene. Yes, we are so sinister, blah blah. I know I am what are you?

  11. “You can take Obama out of the Community Rabble Rouser role but you cannot take the Community Rabble Rouser out of Obama!” – RickW

    (A note from my therapist: He means it……….)

  12. Perhaps if Dear Leader had read more Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Paine, Franklin et al and less Alinsky, Marshall-Davis, and Mao he’d realize the limited Government IS the American way.
    “Constitutional Professor” my arse. Obama could have been born under the Statue of Liberty and not a more “un-American” President could you ever find.

  13. Talk about delusional. Understand ValJar only allows yes-men to surround this temperamental tyrant. He probably has no idea that his signature health care law is imploding and that a good many of US Americans see him as a prevaricating, pompous blowhard who’s incapable of governing this great country.

  14. “Conservatives believe the nation’s ethic is rooted in community among private citizens, and that the Constitution was drawn up to preserve freedom and limit government, not empower it.”

    Correct. And because that differs with his view, Conservatives are wrong and evil?

    • “Conservatives believe the nation’s ethic is rooted in community among private citizens, and that the Constitution was drawn up to preserve freedom and limit government, not empower it.”

      And this is bad, how?

  15. Obama: “That’s how we end up with lobbyists who set the agenda….”

    Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
    Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
    William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
    William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
    David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
    Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
    Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
    Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
    Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
    Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
    Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
    Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

    Feb. 2009/Hot Air

    • (Dear Leader speaks to Sadie)

      “Sadie, let me be clear about this. These good, hard working people only did these things because they HAD TO! Its a corrupt system, designed by Republicans. We had no choice but to comply with the rules THEY made! Any money these people made under such an opressive system was donated immediately to charity…….Well yes, or my campaigns…..OK, OK they may have purchased some baubles too but that was only to help the economy!.”

      • Aha…Rick – I knew it was you. How you ask (other than the obvious) … no use of the word “I” only used “me” twice and no “uhs”.

  16. “The Founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. ” —

    This makes no sense it all. Who is “us” and “we”? There’s no logical way to read those sentences except like this: “The Founders trusted ME with this awesome authority. YOU should trust ME with it, too.”

    In his earlier “the government is us” comments, he started saying, in effect, that an elected official cannot possibly do anything tyrannical because, after, the people (“us”) elected him. Then he quickly added that, after all, the Constitution constrains him — which completely changed what he started to say. Of course, the first idea is what he really believes; the second is one he threw in for cover.

    Here he gripes about a “minority of lawmakers” constraining the majority. Oddly, he didn’t think that was a bad thing when the Democrat minority (himself included) was blocking a reform of Fannie Mae. More to the point, he scorns the Founders’ concern to protect the rights of the minority against the tyranny of the majority. Yet he undoubtedly considers himself a champion of downtrodden minorities!

    He’s really just saying that he resents any roadblocks to his own agenda, and he’s trying to get clueless students to think there’s something anti-democratic about a restrained presidency.

  17. I have a good friend who tells me that I “must” respect Barack Obama because he is president. We have argued about this for a long time.
    Barack Obama consistently refers to those who do not agree with his policies as enemies, unpatriotic – US citizens who should be shunned, opposed and put down.
    Therefore, I say that Barack Obama is not MY president and I DO NOT respect him. He has not shown that he is equipped to hold the office of president, he is more intent on hime and his party gaining political power than doing what is right for the country, nor is his “vision” of the Constitution correct.
    He told these students that conservatives are fearful of a tyrannical government and that we are wrong to think that. However, the Founders are very specific about being on guard against government becoming tyrannical.
    Barack Obama is a phony who cons America with words that mean absolutely nothing.

  18. I cannot read too much of Obama’s text given here without becoming dizzy and am only commenting to relate that Bill Clinton also addressed college students recently (5/7) and his delivery was Classic Clinton. It was the first in a lecture series to be given at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall. CSPAN reran it yesterday & that is how I happened upon it. For any here that enjoy Clinton and could use an uplifting message, this may be it. WIthout saying so, he undid much of Obama’s manner. Speech about 1 hour 45 minutes, then Q & A which was probably another 45 minutes.

  19. Sweet Baby Jeebus, I would have walked out of that crap in protest. I am so glad that I waited until my 30s to finish my degree, and I am so very grateful that the Legal Studies dept. at Ole Miss is full of conservatives who have actually had real jobs in various criminal justice fields (Secret Service, state police, MS Bureau of Narcotics, etc.), as well as some military experience. There is one staff member that my advisor and favorite professor says is the “token liberal”, and he is actually quite reasonable.

  20. Republicans think US system a sham!!! What about these issues then ?????
    1. Fast & Furious
    2. Bengazi
    3. Massive voter fraud in many states
    4. Missing birth records, & fraudulent birth certificate
    5. Attended school as foreign student
    6. Used multiple Social Security numbers & illegal current one
    7. Sealed college records
    8. Had to surrender license to practice law
    9. Sealed selective service records
    10. Used foreign passports
    11. Ft. Hood shooter not prosecuted
    12. Supporting muslim brotherhood w/ our tax dollars

  21. If we register any severe seismic activity in the next 72 hours do not be alarmed – it is just our founders spinning in their graves.

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