I still digest and dissect. Another tidbit consumed.
"We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together. Together we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers. Together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. Together we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune. Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all societies ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character. For we have always understood that when times change, so must we, that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges, that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world be acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future. Or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.
Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
According to president Obama's version of history "together we" did many splendid things. What exactly does President Obama convey with this togetherness? Is he suggesting a coordinated centrally planned effort -an effort conceived, promoted, and carried out by all together as in GOVERNMENT? Well, yes he is. However, history does not agree with such -facts seems to blur the collectivist revision so eloquently painted.
One obvious fact -it is the States NOT the Federal Government that are responsible for and have the power regarding Schools & Roads. Yes, the Federal Government increasingly attempts to subvert the powers of the States but still today it remains the States -not TOGETHER but individually.
Another obvious fact. People -people like John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan and many others built most if not all these things that President Obama claims Federal Government success for. Having recently watched the documentary series on History Channel "The Men Who Built America" still fresh in my mind I recall government coming in AFTER the fact. I doubt seriously whether I will see the series retitled to "The Government Who Built America" any time soon. As well I doubt that future generations will ever see a documentary series titled "The Community Organized Collective Who Built America (AKA The Communist Regime Who Built America)".
Now more than ever, Government is the enemy of those who build America. Why is this so? Because, when President Lincoln, a Republican, proclaimed of a government of by and for the people he was NOT referring to an Executive Branch of the Federal Government on steroids riding roughshod over the Constitution -he was referring to a Republic which is limited and represented not only by the three branches at the Federal Level but as well REPRESENTED by the three branches that comprise the United States Government -The Federal, the States, and the People. President Obama is but the Federal Executive with limited powers regardless his unlimited imagination and eloquent prose.