“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
Perhaps the voices he was referring to were these . . .We have never been a people who place all 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.”
But consider recent headlines:"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." ~Thomas Jefferson"You can't be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy." ~Ronald Reagan"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." ~Daniel Webster"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." ~George Washington"There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly." ~Henry David Thoreau"No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline." ~Calvin Coolidge"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." ~Harry Truman
- The IRS targets and intimidates various groups (largely conservative).
- The Justice Department infringes on freedom of the press and speech while spying on reporters and news organizations.
- The administration lies to the American people while attempting to cover up a serious breech of security and a failure to protect American lives in Benghazi.