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Obama’s “Education Birthright” Underscores Sweeping Socialist Agenda

June 9, 2008

What’s the difference between liberalism and socialism?

Whatever it is, Obama has clearly crossed the line between the two.

Socialists believe that “the people” – which has always invariably ended up meaning “the government” – should own and control the means of production. And the candidate of “change” is clearly proposing more and more of just that very thing.

During the final primary night remarks of Senator Barack Obama on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Barack Obama said:

It’s not change when [John McCain] offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs, or insure our workers, or help Americans afford the skyrocketing cost of college — policies that have lowered the real incomes of the average American family, widened the gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and left our children with a mountain of debt…

And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he’d understand that we can’t afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That’s the change we need in America. That’s why I’m running for President.

If a college education is a “birthright”, then you and I and everyone else classified as an American (and a lot of Democrats are very quick to point out that “undocumented immigrants” are “Americans” too), are entitled to it. And only someone really awful, like that awful President Bush – or that awful McCain, who as we all know is exactly like Bush (just ignore McCain’s entire career and listen to any Democrat’s demagoguing instead) – would deny it to you. Come on, it’s your birthright.

Students should have the absolute right to treat their college years with the same contempt that many of them treated their K-12 years, shouldn’t they?

Now, whenever one person is entitled to a right, it by necessity follows that everyone else in society has the duty imposed upon them to provide for (read “pay for“) that right. So let’s be straight here: you OWE me the PhD I’ve always wanted; heck, you probably owe me room and board for the next several years while I study for it and write my dissertation.

What’s that, you’re happily working as a janitor who wants to go to college the way most people want root canals? That’s okay; you can just get extra busy mopping those floors so you can fork over the dough for me to get mine. It’s my birthright. You owe me; Barack Obama said so.

Barack Obama’s words that clearly call for a socializing of education so that every American can have his “birthright” of a free college education follows a number of serious similar moves over sweeping aspects of our economy and our very way of life.

According to a major energy study, it will cost $45 trillion to combat the bogeyman of “Global Warming.” It’s too big of a problem for the free market to solve; only Big Brother can do the job.

Democrats just tried to get an energy bill passed that would have actually provided no new energy but imposed an additional $5 trillion to the cost of energy providers’ bottom lines by imposing penalties on energy emissions. The fact that the bill would have resulted in higher energy cost when Americans are already paying record prices, and the fact that it would have put more of the economy under direct federal control than at any time since the 1930’s was not a relevant factor to the many Democrats who voted for it.

Recently, in a very political decision, the Interior Department used the Endangered Species Act to declare polar bears as an endangered species – in spite of the fact that their population has doubled since the 1970s – because they might be endangered within the next 45 years or so if global warming alarmism is true.

The Endangered Species Act was written in 1973, at the very time climate Cassandras were saying that the world’s climatologists were agreed that we must prepare for the next Ice Age (see Science Digest, February 1973).

As George Will recently commented:

Now that polar bears are wards of the government, nad now that it is a legal doctrine that humans are responsible for global warming, the Endangered Species Act has acquired unlimited application. Anything that can be said to increase can – must – be said to threaten bears already designated as threatened.

Want to build a power plant in Arizona? A building in Florida? Do you want to drive an SUV? Or leave your cell phone charger plugged in overnight? Some judge might construe federal policy as proscribing these activities.

Thomas Jefferson – who presumably knew something about how our government was actually supposed to work, wrote:

“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.”
—Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:277

Yet these are the very types of judges that Barack Obama has vowed to appoint if he is elected president.

The same activist judges who once found penumbras and emanations in the Constitution that somehow gave them license to create from scratch a right of a woman to kill her child, the same activist judges who recently overrode an overwhelming majority of California voters to radically redefine marriage, can do pretty much whatever they want.  And a swath of decisions are revealing that they want a lot.

Now that a federal judge can step in at darn any time he or she wants and put the kibosh on anything that could add to “global warming” and harm polar bears, and now that we are on the verge of socializing our health care industry – which represents more than 1/6th of the U.S. economy – it only makes sense to socialize our education system as well.

Barack Obama promises sweeping changes if he is elected president, and there is no question he fully intends to bring unparalleled changes to the United States. He intends to change our country from the classical liberalism of our history as a Democratic Republic – in which Americans have been free to choose for themselves, and been held responsible for themselves and for their choices – and embrace a form of socialism that has already bogged down the economy of Europe.