The Administration of Barack Obama has made it pretty clear with a recent campaign website launch what it thinks the role of government is in Americans’ lives: Lifelong nanny.
The initiative features a fictitious woman named Julia whose life can be followed from the age of 3 to 67 by clicking through a number of slides. Each of the slides depicts—in a garishly Dear Leader sort of way— how the woman’s life would differ under a nanny state controlled by Obama and under one controlled by Mitt Romney.
Navigating the site, visitors follow Julia’s life growing up in a world of hasty generalizations. The slides show the different ways in which the two candidates’ visions of the nanny state would affect Julia’s entire life.
Policymic writer Sylvia Cruz points out:
When Julia starts public school, Obama is there. When she goes to college, he’s there. When she decides to have a child, there is no mention of a spouse or any other family, but it is okay, because Obama is there instead. Do you want to start a business ladies? You probably can’t without Obama.
It’s a disturbing depiction of how the left envision the role of government in our private lives — one that is present and pervading at every major (and probably minor) stage. It’s somewhat ironic then that Obama’s Julia shares the same name as the main female character in George Orwell’s 1984; the world of Orwell’s Julia is also one with an omnipresent government.
The character’s name may be a coincidence, but maybe it is a subtle clue.
If it is a clue, another may be how the Obama Administration put the American flag in the wrong place on one of the slides.
From the U.S. Flag Code:
When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.
These are, perhaps, minor hints from the elites that control the American masses about how they would love to fundamentally and irrevocably alter the United States.
The big picture, judging by Julia’s life, is that government wants to remove the individual and the family from his/her own life and decisions. Julia is largely alone her entire life but always cradled by the hands of a loving government. That is, until she is retired and goes off to work in a community garden in the last slide, no doubt organized by a government entity.
You can view Julia’s life here.