Young Americans Waking To Obama’s Collectivist Fascism In Growing Numbers

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Young Americans have had a pretty tough time getting a start in life since the economy tanked in 2009. And according to a new poll, the bad economy and government’s inability to do anything to assuage the pain has led a majority of younger Americans to question the value of big government.

A poll recently conducted by the Young America’s Foundation  found 61 percent of college-age students believe the government has no business being a part of their day-to-day lives.

The poll also indicates:

  • 50 percent of young Americans think government is hurting economic recovery.
  • 42 percent in the demographic see the Federal government as an obstacle to achieving the American dream.
  • 58 percent believe elected officials should focus on decreasing taxes.
  • 38 percent believe government should cut back on regulation.
  • 76 percent would like to see decreases Federal spending.
  • 51 Percent believe the overall size of government should be decreased.

A majority of young Americans (66 percent) hold entrepreneurship in high regard, and 44 percent believe that the market ought to be freed from government meddling.

Many of the majority opinions recorded in the poll run contrary to the collectivist beliefs held by President Barack Obama, who took office in a sweeping victory thanks to younger Americans in 2008 and with more marginal support last year.

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President Obama recently delivered a commencement speech at Ohio State. Credit: White House

Last Sunday, the President delivered a “citizenship”-themed commencement speech at Ohio State University, suggesting that the Founders’ vision of the United States was of a country where inalienable rights for the individual come with the price tag of “responsibilities — to ourselves, to one another and to future generations.”

“There is a word for this. It’s citizenship. And we don’t always talk about this idea much these days — citizenship — let alone celebrate it,” Obama told the graduates. “Sometimes, we see it as a virtue from another time, a distant past, one that’s slipping from a society that celebrates individual ambition above all else; a society awash in instant technology that empowers us to leverage our skills and talents like never before, but just as easily allows us to retreat from the world. And the result is that we sometimes forget the larger bonds we share as one American family.”

Later in the speech Obama lamented, “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.”

Considering the aforementioned poll results alongside reports that members of the American workforce between 25 and 34 face unemployment rates of about 26 percent, it seems those voices “that incessantly warn of government” don’t have too tough a job winning hearts and minds.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Dragon 1

    Obama’s speech what aload of crap !!!!! Considering what he was talking about is a LIE, after LIE after LIE especially coming out of the mouth of the one that has created all the problems in the first place. Obama needs a reality check as he lives in a fantasy world

    • Kinetic1

      Let’s talk about “fantasy world”. In Paul Ryan’s fantasy world “the president has doubled the size of government since he took office.” (from the Ryan website before the election). In reality, federal outlays as a percentage of gross domestic product actually declined from 25.0 percent in fiscal 2009 (the final Bush budget) to 23.6 percent in fiscal 2012. You could argue actual dollars spent, but that would be disingenuous, don’t you think?

      So if spending hasn’t “doubled”, then perhaps it’s the physical size we’re talking about? In Rand Paul’s fantasy world, “…the size of growth of government is enormous under President Obama.” Well, at no time under the current administration, excluding the temporary census workers has the federal workforce increased more than 10%. In January of 2009 there were about 2,790,000 Federal workers. By September of 2012, following some fluctuation that number has risen to 2,804,000, a whopping one half of one percent! Clearly President Obama is out of control! (By the way, total Government employment, State and Federal has actually declined by about 1,000,000.) http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/09/has-government-employment-really-increased-under-obama/

      Talk about fantasy worlds. Ryan, Paul, just a couple of high profile members of the party on the wrong side of the looking glass. And joining them is former Governor and FOX darling, Mike Huckabee. Talking about the Bengazi hearings (the 9th…. so far) he said
      “I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term.” Really? I could be wrong, but it seems like the are a lot of right wing politicians and talking heads awash in hyperbole. Let’s look at the facts.

      President Reagan lied about violating Federal law by selling arms to our enemy, the Iranians in exchange for money to fund a group of right wing death squads (well, he called them “freedom fighters”) to get around a Congress which refused funding. He not only served out his term, but the right still treats him like a god.

      President G.H.W. Bush lied about raising taxes, but that’s such a little thing.

      President Clinton lied about his sexual dalliances. Not his finest moment, and it lead to impeachment. Of course many of the Republicans who fought to unseat him were the worst example of hypocrites ever assembled, but it’s all about politics. He still finished his second term.

      President G.W. Bush lied about so many things, but most notably the attacks on 9/11/2001, the need to invade Iraq and the need for emergency funding of the banking system. Congress held hearings on 9/11, though there seemed to have been far less outrage than in the current hearings. Witnesses were ordered not to testify, records were destroyed, and thousands of lifes were lost. And then there were the Iraq war hearings ….. well hearing. It took years to really begin investigating the string of lies used to get us into this war. Everything from aluminum tubes that were clearly meant for missiles (but were clearly unsuitable for missile use) to Iraq’s relationship with Ai Qaeda and 9/11, to President Bush’s claim that his administration had never claimed a connection to 9/11, despite video footage to the contrary. Bush finished his term, but the economy was tanked, the war went on and tens of thousands have died.

      Now there have been 9, count them NINE hearings on the attack in Bengazi. Evidence suggests that the Obama administration lied for some reason, but how criminal their actions were is debatable. Certainly if all the accusations made by the right are true, then this administration is guilty of some truly reprehensible actions, but even in the worst case they aren’t as serious as the crimes of the Reagan administration and they don’t even begin to compare to the administration of G.W. Bush. So why would you believe that there was even a chance that this would cause an early end to this administration? Even if it should, who is in a fantasy world now?

      • godsofold

        Apparently you are.

      • Vigilant

        “President Clinton lied about his sexual dalliances. Not his finest moment, and it lead [sic] to impeachment. Of course many of the Republicans who fought to unseat him were the worst example of hypocrites ever assembled, but it’s all about politics. He still finished his second term.”

        Kinetic seems to have some difficulty with the English language. He cannot distinguish between “lying” and “perjury.” Lying is a time-honored vice amongst politicians; if you want to convict every politician who has lied, then you would have no government. To date, lying is not a crime.

        Perjury, on the other hand, is a serious crime under federal statutes. Clinton perjured himself, was impeached for it, and would have been convicted if the Dems had not voted strictly along party lines and carried some misguided Repubs with them.

        To compare Bush I’s broken promise of no new taxes with Clinton’s perjury is indeed an example of hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty.

  • Doc Sarvis

    HARDLY an unbiased poll. Young America’s Foundation is openly a Conservative group. Many of your bulleted points in the article don’t point to President Obama directly, they point as much to Congress.

    Most young American’s (NOT just those in the Y.A. Foundation) are socially progressive.

    • Liberty Lover

      If the poll had been limited to members of YAF, as you dishonestly imply, I’m sure the results would have been much more in line with the values espoused on this site and much less in line with your “progressive” values. The poll confirms that young Americans, many of which are unemployed or underemployed, are becoming disillusioned by the failure of government to live up to the promises of Obama.

    • Michael Shreve

      NO poll CAN be entirely objective, and the structure of a question often dictates the response, but YOUR conclusion is unverified and unsupported.

    • Vigilant

      Sarvis slyly tries to insert, “Most young American’s [sic] (NOT just those in the Y.A. Foundation) are socially progressive.”

      You obviously didn’t understand the poll at all. OF COURSE young Americans are “socially progressive!” Youngsters always have been, that’s nothing new, Einstein. YAF kids probably are as well.

      The poll, my misguided friend, was about FISCAL, not social issues. I find no questions about abortion, homosexuality and gay marriage issues, or other social concerns at http://www.yaf.org/adam-tragone-surprise-young-americans-do-not-want-more-government.aspx

      As for your statement, ” Many of your bulleted points in the article don’t point to President Obama directly, they point as much to Congress,” I’ll hold you to that contention next time you blame Bush and not consider Congressional influences on the state of the economy.

      • Doc Sarvis

        I VERY rarely mention Bush. I do point out the mess this country was in when President Obama took office in 2008. That is, of course, due to a variety of factors.

  • Don 2

    Obamas message to students: Don’t listen to the voices of your knowledgeable parents warning you about big government and your loss of freedoms. Listen to the words printed for me on my teleprompter, and echoing through my reverberator, for I am the one you have been waiting for. All 58 states

    • vicki

      obama’s message: Learn not from history but only what I tell you.

  • hinni

    The author doesn’t know what fascism is, how should he even know what collectivist fascism is…

    • vicki

      Do enlighten us.

  • FreedomFighter

    This is a sad story as old as “THE BIG LIE” communism:
    To capture the minds of the young and uninformed and mold the mindset to the lie of communism. When you are very young and know nothing it all sounds so good – free healthcare, entitlements, everyone gets a job, social justice, government cares and takes care of you.But its “The BIG LIE” a deception of monumental proportions designed to implement totalitarian rule from cradle to grave…it starts with murder of the unborn if not sanctioned by the state to further the goals of the collective, elimination of burdens to the state collective such as the very ill or handy-capped, mentally retarded or those that reject the state, and it ends with the termination of the elderly whom can no longer be productive members of the collective. You will be told what to eat, what to wear, what job you will do, how long you will work, and what to think, any variation will be punished with re-education camps, labor camps or death.
    Best that we as parents let our children know the dark side of communism, Mr Obama seems to be leaving out of his Marxist speeches.
    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • vicki

      Teach the children the actual meaning of

      “from each according to his ability, to each according to his NEED”

      Slaves don’t need much. Not Ipads nor cellphones nor cars nor a lot of other non-essentials.

  • Wiley2

    Obama pretends that rule by an elite oligarchy, enforced through a massive bureaucracy, is somehow “self-rule”, and his speech reveals his fear that people are recognizing the lie for what it is. He’s afraid that even the young, who are most susceptible to being brainwashed by his demagoguery, are increasingly seeing through the lie, and he resorts to invoking his thoroughly discredited authority to command his audience to ignore the facts and to believe whatever tall tales he, as master, spews at them.

    The poll gives a glimmer of hope that Obama’s fear is justified.

    • A.M. F

      Shame on Ohio State – I thought those Buckeyes were much smarter. Go Blue!

  • Bend Over

    I’m glad there are websites like this one who have printed the exact words from Obama’s commencement speech at The Ohio State University. My newspaper glossed over his entire speech and wrote so much of it in indirect quotes that I thought his speech was the stuff of usual commencement speeches.

  • Michael Shreve

    They may SAY it, but do the VOTE it. Evidence indicate that YOUNG voters often vote with the HERD and the HERD votes Democrat, liberal, progressive, communist. No surprise, since kindergarten they have been INDOCTRINATED by Democrat, liberal, progressive, communist. All OUR fault for permitting it.

  • Robbie

    So many of the comments on this site attack the government of America and those who get elected to serve in it. I’m beginning to feel that most of the posters here are not happy with the Founding Fathers who set up the American governmental system and enshrined it in the Constitution of the United States of America.

    • Alan

      I beg your pardon Robbie. The American governmental system of today is functioning in no way according to the way it was initially designed. As for the Constitution, well it’s been reduced from it’s once lofty heights to a position of doormat for all the self-serving politicians who make up our perverted “American governmental system”.

      • Robbie

        I think you may have an overly romantic and idealistic image of how government might once have been. I suggest it was always down and dirty to some and yet lofty to others. The so-called “good old days” may not have been as good as you may wish.