At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.
“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”
Hmmm. The America I believe in is the one founded by people trying to get away from government control and tyranny. The America I believe in is one that broke away from England and declared independence because of a distant, unresponsive government that imposed onerous taxes and regulations. The America I believe in is one that provides us all with the opportunity to succeed or fail based upon our merits. The America I believe in is one that believes that the government that governs best, governs least. (Thank you Thomas Paine and Henry David Thoreau.) The America I believe in is one where self-reliance isn’t a concern, or a problem, or a threat, or a bad thing. The America I believe in is one filled with strong, self-reliant citizens.
One of us is out-of-touch. I hope it’s not me.