18 April 2010

Obama's Culture Of Dependency

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." -- John F. Kennedy (1/20/1961)

You're about as likely to hear a Democrat utter those words today as hear a BoSox fan wax eloquent about Derek Jeter. The ruling party in Washington is not your father's Democratic party and it has never been more revealing than during the era of Obama handouts. Just listen to Obama voters like DeCarlo Flythe who explains, " It's just going to be like Christmas, I mean it's going to be great. No worries . . ." or Henrietta Hughes and her tear-jerking plea for something free. It is the culture of dependence on which the current Democratic party thrives. Keep people begging for handouts and you're more likely to maintain power.

The fact that some Americans take umbrage with this approach explains the continued momentum of the Tea Party rallies, but the Obots in the press just don't get it. Take the much played footage of CNN's Susan Roesgen asking a tea party attendee if he knew "that you're eligible for a $400 credit?" And when the man continued to hold his "drop socialism" sign, she went on, "Did you know that the state of Lincoln gets fifty billion out of the stimulus?" She was even more dumbfounded than usual, unable to grasp the concept that not everybody was lining up for free stuff. Some folk, we'll call them Republicans, actually prefer independence to dependence, effort to endowment.

This stands at odds with the Obama Democrat philosophy that is built on a foundation of neediness. The problem this creates is succinctly captured by the Washington Examiner's Michael Barone

Public policy also helps determine the kind of society we are. The Obama Democrats see a society in which ordinary people cannot fend for themselves, where they need to have their incomes supplemented, their health care insurance regulated and guaranteed, their relationships with their employers governed by union leaders. Highly educated mandarins can make better decisions for them than they can make themselves.

That is the culture of dependence. The tea partiers see things differently. They're not looking for lower taxes; half of tea party supporters, a New York Times survey found, think their taxes are fair. Nor are they financially secure: Half say someone in their household may lose their job in the next year. Two-thirds say the recession has caused some hardship in their lives. But they recognize, correctly, that the Obama Democrats are trying to permanently enlarge government and increase citizens' dependence on it.