Sunday, September 01, 2013

Misunderstanding The American Example

President Obama shared a remarkable view into his core beliefs during his remarks regarding Syria made yesterday in the Rose Garden:

"Out of the ashes of world war, we built an international order and enforced the rules that gave it meaning.  And we did so because we believe that the rights of individuals to live in peace and dignity depends on the responsibilities of nations.  We aren't perfect, but this nation more than any other has been willing to meet those responsibilities."

The focus here is Obama's understanding of how our rights as individuals are guaranteed.  The freedoms we hold dear depend "on the responsibilities of the nations."  For Obama, our basic rights and freedoms come from the top, granted and protected by our government, by the government of other nations.

Obama believes that power, authority, freedom, liberty, opportunity, etc. all come from above.  He believes that he, as president of the United States, is the guarantor of those rights.  He believes that the governments of other nations are similarly responsible for the guarantee of our basic rights.

The rights we so cherish here in America are granted by God, and defended and supported by the will of the American people.  The government is intended to be a force to express that will, to be the voice and arm of the American people.  The government is not the source of the rights, and we the people are not dependent on the government to secure those rights.

It is a fundamental misunderstanding of America.

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