Nonsequitur: The “Transformations” of Reagan and Obama
September 21, 2015
Another articulate spokesman for the welfare state defends liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.” I for one find it disturbing when a representative refers to the free men and women of this country as “the masses,” but beyond this, “the full power of centralized government” was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew you can’t control things; you can’t control the economy without controlling people. So we have come to a time for choosing. Either we accept the responsibility for our own destiny, or we abandon the American Revolution and confess that an intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. – Ronald Reagan
Charles Kesler of the Claremount Institute has an excellent essay comparing “The Obama Transformation versus the Reagan Revolution.” You can read the full essay here.