Obama Exhorts OSU Grads To Embrace Government, Dismiss Vigilance Against Tyranny


On Sunday, President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address to graduates of Ohio State University, urging them to trust the state and view government as a friend.

As for those individuals who believe the citizenry forms the only barrier between the government and tyranny? Well, said the President, the future will be a whole lot brighter if you don’t listen to all that negative, paranoid nonsense.

We, the people, chose to do these things together — because we know this country cannot accomplish great things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambition.

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.

We have never been a people who place all of our faith in government to solve our problems; we shouldn’t want to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us; it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And, class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.

Much of the President’s speech following those remarks seemed to “gum up” the spirit of what he’d just said, as Obama almost immediately seemed to contradict his own assertion that government isn’t a sinister, aloof power to be feared.

Decrying government corruption as a systemic problem that produces “lobbyists who set the agenda,” “well-connected” politicians who get “special treatment” and “policies detached from what middle-class families face,” he held forth individual optimism and openhearted trust in government as a palliative. If everybody would just stop viewing government with such doggone skepticism, government wouldn’t be so reviled, nor so welcoming of elitist corruption — despite the fact that many of government’s problems are systemic.

In other words, Obama asked Buckeye grads — and the rest of the Nation — to help government operate in a closed system, one in which the governed approve of those who govern. Because everything in a closed system — whether a governing tyranny, an abusive family or a religious cult — is perfect, so long as all parties buy in and no one breaks through the isolating bubble to see that system’s operations from the outside. And despite the President’s remarks, that, indeed, is sinister.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Jeff

    “As for those individuals who believe the citizenry forms the only barrier between the government and tyranny? Well, said the President, the future will be a whole lot brighter if you don’t listen to all that negative, paranoid nonsense.”

    I think you’re taking that a little personally, aren’t you, Ben? I’d say the President nailed it, and you, right on the nose. If Obama says “good morning,” you guys start writing he means “it’s a good morning to enslave the American people.” Yes, you are paranoid nuts.

    • vicki

      Argument to ridicule.

      • Jeff

        Sometimes ridicule is well-deserved.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          Then you just gave permission for yourself to be ridiculed, Jeff


      Jeff, as usual you are wrong, wrong, wrong….Obummer has actually ENHANCED the Lobbyist Paradigm he criticizers here more than any other President in recent times, hiring an astonishing amount of them! There is more lobbying in this administration than ever before…see all the green energy boondoggles & govt. handouts his cronies got that went bust… How are Obummer’s government solutions to our employment crisis doing? How is his government solutions to our healthcare situation doing? It’s a disaster & will only get worse. WAKE UP, man!

      • Doc Sarvis

        The Congressional Research Service says that the Obama Administration’s crackdown should be a model for Congress to enact restrictions on itself.

        • WTS/JAY

          The CRS? That would be like a publication written by the “Cosa Nostra” wherein they claim they should be a model for reformation.

      • Jeff


        What % of the green companies the Gov’t has invested in went broke? To hear you idiotic Repugs tell it, the number must be close to 100%, right? I think it’s in the low single digits.

        • WTS/JAY

          You think it’s in the low single digits, or you know for a fact it’s in the low single digits? Let’s face it Jeff, not one thing Obama put his hands to succeeded. But then again, he had a lot of help from Congress, or was that just a rumour?

  • Breeze13

    If WE didn’t see tyranny, WE would not be concerned about it. The fact is, WE do see it in obama, and as usual, he likes to shift the blame and take the focus off himself.

    • Doc Sarvis

      WE elected President Obama, TWICE. We also elected Congress for better or worse. WE the people take credit for that.

      President Obama likes to consider all the factors in situations; be they the economy, energy, foreign affairs, etc., and focus on those things.

      • bj

        Black boxes elected the idiot… not the people.

        • Doc Sarvis

          That is Ridiculous!

      • Michael Shreve

        WE the people take blame for that. NO EXCUSES.

      • WTS/JAY

        What do you mean “we”…don’t you mean “YOU”?

    • Robert Zraick

      It is so much like the Wizard of Oz saying pay not attention to the man behind the curtain. Obama says that to be critical of him and his tyranny is nonsense. In his warped view of reality, he imagines that everything he does is perfect and therefore anyone who might criticize him is being “negative”. He is the most divisive President we have ever had. He is a racist. He is a murderer. But we can’t be negative about such things.

  • Warrior

    And why didn’t the “agitator n’ chief” follow up with a little bedtime story for the young minds? Ya know, the one about how he was able to attain officeholder as state legislator, senator, prez or maybe axelrod and the crook county dems would tell it better. What a friggin joke this guy is!

    • Jeff

      I can’t believe they settled for Obama when they could have had a right wing blogger like you. What would you tell the graduates? That everything they learned is “lies from the pit of hell” if it conflicts with Genesis?

      • WTS/JAY


  • ToughGuy

    Obama the tyrant. Impeach Obama!

  • CrackerJack

    I think it safe to say that Barry Soetoro (BS) aka Barack Obama (BO) is the embodiment of a real bad stench.

    Would someone somewhere please find a way to extinguish it.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Just what are you suggesting???

  • JustMe

    Just consider that a buckeye is just a useless nut.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Do you really want to insult an entire state (a swing state no less) and a species of tree?

  • red neck

    Why didn’t obama just come out and say what he really wanted to say… I am king follow me!

    • Doc Sarvis

      President Obama DID say what he wanted to say. He is not King, he is our Twice elected President. I’ll give you one thing though, he IS a leader.

      • red neck

        Yup… a “leader” oh really….
        He is leading this country straight into hell.

      • WTS/JAY

        A leader? Absolutely! But so is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Bashar Assad, and Kim Jong-il…what’s your point?

  • securityman

    doc sarvis, it looks like you are at it again. for your information, obummer lost the popular vote. he was elcted by the electoral votes. well, he had your vote and others like you. but he didn’t have the votes of the people. can you understand that your “hero” as a state legislator did not make one voteing session. what he really wants is to find a lot of sheep, like you, that he can lead to the stumps……..

  • securityman

    doc sarvis,jeff, “congressanol research service”. anybody who really believes the figures that they put out is an A-1 idiot. i can put out figures all day long,but when they come up against the way things are here in the real world,the figures don’t match up.unemployment down,sure! a lot of people just went off the books. no jobs tho.houseing market up? bull. if it was up there would not be all the houses for sale and they would be building more, which would really mean less unemployment. how do your figures stand up? i already know how obummers stand!!!!!!!!


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  • red neck

    Amazing that this thin skinned watermelon junkie would have everyone believe only him…..

  • Michael Shreve

    “We, the people, chose to do these things together — because we know this country cannot accomplish great things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambition.” In short, BE A DRONE. Independence is DANGEROUS. Your GOVERNMENT knows what’s best.

  • LadyFloridaCracker

    Lest you missed it…go to http://www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com