Obama’s American Dream Light

Barack Obama is certainly not Ronald Reagan.  The two historic Presidents are polar opposites when it comes to just about everything, but especially faith in the American people, support of the Constitution of the United States, and love of country.

The present is not Ronald Reagan’s “Moring in America.  Gone is the optimism for the future.  There is a palpable fear of Obama and what he will do to our businesses and jobs with his plans for massive tax increases, the never-ending regulations his bureaucrats create, and his pessimism for our future. 

Recently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Obama told the people gathered that the best they should expect to do is to pursue a greatly diminished American Dream.

"If you're willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you've got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement," Obama said recently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

"That's all most people want," he said. "Folks don't have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream."

According to Obama, just keeping out of bankruptcy will be an accomplishment in the Socialist future he has planned for us.  He warns people they should plan only to “put some money away for retirement” because he will be confiscating the rest.

Ronald Reagan strongly disagreed with the Progressive Left idea that America should be in decline.  Ronald Reagan said in his first Inaugural Address on 20 January 1981,

“It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I Do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”

Ronald Reagan recognized the fundamental reason for American Exceptionalism and the happiness of the American people.  Reagan understood the spirit the Founding Fathers and We the People,

“This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks.”

Fouad Ajami, in his opinion article in The Wall Street Journal beautifully and concisely summarized the effect Reagan and Obama have had on the American Dream,

Temperament mattered. Ronald Reagan was the quintessential optimist, his faith in America boundless. He had been given his mandate amid economic distress—the great inflation of the 1970s, high unemployment and taxation—and a collapse of American authority abroad. Through two terms and a time of great challenges, he had pulled off one of the great deeds of political-economic restoration. He made tax cuts and economic growth the cornerstone of that recovery. Economic freedom at home had a corollary in foreign affairs—the pursuit of liberty, a course that secured a victorious end to the Cold War. The "captive nations" were never in doubt, American power was on the side of liberty.

By that Reagan standard, Mr. Obama has been a singular failure. The crippling truth of the Obama presidency is the pessimism of the man, the low expectations he has for this republic. He had not come forth to awaken this country to its stirring first principles, but to manage its decline at home and abroad. So odd an outcome, a man with an inspiring biography who provides no inspiration, a personal story of "The Audacity of Hope" yielding a leader who deep down believes that America's best days are behind it.

We never thought anyone could destroy the American Dream so very quickly.  The diminished expectations of Barack Obama’s Socialist dreams are incompatible with the spirit of the American people and their dreams.

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Jefferson's foundations of the American Dream

Thomas Jefferson outlined the foundations of the American Dream,

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

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What the Repubs

have been touting for this election cycle makes our demise as culture inevitable. Thankfully we will have four more Obama years to try and round up, I mean, educate the poly-Christians.

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@May and.....

May, who owns the Wall Street Journal and the opinions that are presented there? I could quote Fox News. Wait! Aren't they owned by the same dude who is under investigation abroad? I wouldn't bother to quote the Huffington Post for my anti-conservative tidbits, but conservatives use a double standare.

Unfortunately for you, May, the American dream is well and alive to the extent of the obstructionist conservatives have dialed it back.

No thanks to the Republicans, who have blocked every jobs bill put before them, America plods on under the leadership of Obama. Was/is it fast enough? No! Why? because of the obstructionist actions of the conservatives who cannot tolerate a Democratic President, and especially so because he is BLACK.

(Conservative mode here paraphrased) "Well we need to beat that BLACK, Muslim, not-born-in-America, SOB because he is a Socialist, Communist, Fascist, and whatever "ist" is left. Mitch McConnell: "We need to be sure that Barack Obama is a one-term President."

But, hey, May, let's put all of that aside. Let's just look at the current field of candidates who oppose Obama. Is there message about the economy? No! The message seems to concentrate on social issues, when Americans are concerned about our economy.

Frankly, the last economic proposal that I heard from any Republican candidate was from Herman Cain with his 9-9-9 plan. Since then it has been one Republican candidate attacking another or a discussion of social issues that are irrelevant to the American people. Having a paying job is more important than who pays for the birth control pills.

And so May, I challenge you to come up with a blog, where you can tell us how the current crop of Republican hopefuls can make our country better. We need hear about the economics of those proposed programs, rather that vague statements. Herman Cain had specific plans. No one else has gone into detail. The one rule in presenting the "conservative" stance, from your opinion, is not to be negative. You are not allowed to use "Obama" or his Administration in how you bring "American Exceptionalism" back.

I won't hold my breath, because your negativism and hatred of Obama, will not allow you to meet this simple challenge. And the main reason is that you have no idea, how to solve the problems our country faces. You only know how to criticize.

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@May...another Jefferson misquote....

May, why do you continue to use the right-wing paraphrased misquotes from Jefferson?

Here is the actual quote:

"if we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." - Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 29 November 1802

Note: This passage has often been mis-quoted as, "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Ford and L&B have also slightly mis-transcribed the original text as, "If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."

Why are you afraid to use to actual quotes? Can you not discern the subtle differences?

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An Interesting Comment

Last night while I was watching Castle, one of the character said something like this: All it took to bring down the Soviet Union was to outspend them. It forced them into bankruptcy.

Reagan was President at this time, and he is lauded for the fall of the Soviet Union. He is also known for cutting federal funding to the point that the infirm were forced out onto the streets, and where the homeless problem in America began.

It also seems that the root of our current problems began with Reaganomics and deregulation. http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1416/1/

Now we get to George W. Bush. He sank this country in every way possible. He catered to the 1% at the expense of the 99%. This man with his MBA bought, bought, and bought with no means to pay for the goods. Jobs went overseas; factories went overseas; deregulation blossomed like never before, and he left the American people holding the bag. If this had been an average everyday Joe America, he would be thrown in the slammer, fined to eternity, and wish to all that is holy he had balanced his check book.

Why the Conservatives, the normals and the extremes, laud these mediocre men who occupied the White House is beyond my comprehension.

Now the writer of this blog tries to pass the sins of these men onto a President who actually gives a hoot about the American people; and for his efforts he has been plagued by Republican obstructionism and flat out discrimination because of the color of his skin. Why not say it? A lot of Conservatives are racist, pure and simple.

I put my comments into this blog because I feel I have a social responsibility to stand up and point out the deceptions in May's writings. And mind you, he is deliberately deceitful. That is hate's calling card.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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I Agree with Dr. May on this one

Sorry to dissent, fellow libs, but I do agree with Dr. May here. I'm not sure I like the phrase "small measure of an American Dream"; regardless of someone's situation, we've seen how some in poverty can actually have a big measure of the American Dream (e.g. Isiah Thomas is a great example), so I disagree with President Obama on this one, though I do understand what he was trying to communicate, he shouldn't present it as though there are limits to what anyone can achieve.

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I do disagree, as usual, with other comments from Dr. May

The whole confiscation bit- very silly, if you ask me- but Dr. May did indeed point out something important- regardless, no one should feel that they have to settle for a minimum- I'm still voting for Obama, but I just disagree with his statement.

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Our Present Not Our Future

"If you're willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you've got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement," Obama said recently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"That's all most people want," he said. "Folks don't have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream."

The way I understand this, President Obama is speaking of our current reality, a reality forced on the American people by incompetents and self-serving politicians. I do not interpret the statements above as referring to our future at all. Most people do not expect to become President or a Rock star or a Hollywood idol. Everyday Joe and Joan Americas want security, economic, social, etc. in their lives. Most working people simply want to provide for their families and be happy.

If anything, I believe President Obama is saying that the damage done to America has been so great that it will take some time to dig ourselves out from under all the wanton governance from the previous administration. It is sad to say, but, by electing George W. Bush into the White House not once, but twice, we sorely shot ourselves in the foot at close range with a sawed-off shotgun.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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War on Religion

In yesterday's blog, some said that the Catholic church has not taken Federal monies. See the article at the link below. The article says otherwise to a great degree.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/what-war-religion-obama-catholic-charities

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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Largordo

I don't dislike Obama because of the color of his skin, but rather his ideology. If you were to say that Obama was elected BECAUSE he was black, then I would agree with you. The liberal voters had a chance to elect the first black man as president, and they weren't going to miss it. If the voters had actually listened to anything the man was saying during his campaign, instead of focusing on making "racial" history, I doubt they would have voted for him. Even Hillary Clinton tried to warn everybody that he was unqualified. It still amazes me how many liberals are surprised when I tell them that Obama's mother was white.

The American people can now say "been there, done that" and will most likely vote based on the economy, gas prices, and a lighter pocketbook this time around.

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@lagardo

Churches pay no taxes, even though they are in the for-profit business of selling salvation. Every cent of tax not paid is an in-kind contribution from the federal coffers.

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Republicans versus Obama

Republicans will return us to a government that serves the people.

Barack Obama will transform our government into an instrument of repression intended to control even the most minor of human activities.

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Preliminary examples of Obama’s planned tyranny

Preliminary examples of Obama’s planned tyranny include telling a preschooler her mother did not provide her with a nutritious lunch and telling employers that they must not only purchase health but it must also include the provision to provide for no cost to the patent birth control and abortion services.

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paraphrased quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson

I occasionally use contemporary paraphrased quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson for the same reason several quotations that appear in the Jefferson Memorial are paraphrased. The goal is to convey the message of Jefferson in concise and relatively brief statements that others will read, understand, and retain.

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Dorotik,

Thank you for your comments. If those on the Left and Right put more energy into finding common ground and understanding, our nation can indeed recover and prosper.

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Amgems,

The money earned by the people is not the property of the government.

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The other side of the non-profit story

It seems like some people just cannot seem to grasp the truth or just do not want to because of their prejudices and hate. I have printed this information at least three or four times with the exception of the list, but I will do it again and hope some individuals are able to grasp it.

Churches do pay taxes. They pay taxes on any income that is not used for non profit purposes under their non profit charter and tax code. They also pay payroll taxes on employees just like any other organization.

If a person is going to gripe about churches not paying taxes then they need to include the following organizations that also have a non-profit status. Please note these are just a drop in the bucket of the long list of secular non-profit organizations that do not pay taxes per se.

American Civil Liberties Union

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Amnesty International

Anti-Defamation League

Atheist Alliance International

American Atheists

Association on American Indian Affairs

AARP Foundation

Accuracy in Media

B'nai B'rith International

Children's Defense Fund

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Citizens Against Government Waste

Common Cause

The Carter Center

Center for Constitutional Rights

Committee for Missing Children

Doctors of the World

Employees of the Federal Government

Freedom From Religion Foundation Federal Globe.

Gay, Lesbian, and BiGay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network GLSEN

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies USA

GLARP. Gay and Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons Human Rights Watch

Judicial Watch

Media Research

NAACP

National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, affiliate of the American Bar Association

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@Right Is Right

I seriously doubt anyone voted for Barack Obama because he is black. I know I didn't. I honestly didn't think he could be elected. My initial support was for Hillary Clinton. On the flip side, I couldn't vote for John McCain because all his ideas were tied to the past, to the 20th century, and we need a President with vision for a future.

Barack Obama was too considerate of the obstructionist Republicans in Congress. Personally, I think he should have stream-rolled them every chance he got, once he saw the game they were playing. In not doing so, he hurt his chances of doing some good for the country. Now he has to put up with disrespect from people who should know their place, such as the governor of Arizona, and others.

Since the Republican party has no candidate to offer as an alternative (Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are not alternatives), I will be voting for Barack Obama again.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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@May

Everybody would feel more comfortable if you used the exact quote by the person who said it. You have too many strikes against you with bad paraphrases for anyone to trust you now.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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@May

My most recent experience with Republicans in the Oval Office suggests elitists who served the 1% and said hang everyone else. And that is exactly what the Republicans did.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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Paraphrasing

"The money earned by the people is not the property of the government." per Dr. May.

I believe this was the same defense used by Wesley Snipes...

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largordo

So by your remarks, "4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama" are you saying that Obama is promoting Christianity as the President of the United States? What do you say a person has to do and believe to be considered a true Christian not a Christian in name only?

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Integrity

As a surgeon, mistakes can kill, but as a journalist mistakes just make you look stupid...

The Obama administration had nothing to do with the incident of the school girl and her lunch in North Carolina.

If you have a gripe, talk with the State of North Carolina, her school's program is under their control.

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Do you people

actually care the religion of anyone? If it is not one you share, ultimately, history tells us you will gut the other the first excuse...

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@AmericanFirst

A true Christian must walk the talk. With the Presidency though there is a rub because the President must uphold the Constitution, etc. The President has to deal with people who are not all that savory at times, and who do things that are less than Christian. A righteous life will get you into Heaven, as I understand it, but the oath the President takes to get into office requires him to put his duty to the people over that of his faith. If he cannot do that, he should not run for President. This is for anyone of any religion.

I say 4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama because some people who participate on this blog have said or implied that the President is not as Christian as they are, which I find quite galling.

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@May Jefferson paraphrasing

May: "I occasionally use contemporary paraphrased quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson for the same reason several quotations that appear in the Jefferson Memorial are paraphrased. The goal is to convey the message of Jefferson in concise and relatively brief statements that others will read, understand, and retain."

No, May, each of the paraphrased quotes you use are longer than the original Jefferson quote. They are also coming from the "right-wing" play book of Jefferson quotes, some of which you have used, Jefferson never wrote or said.

The truth is that you are too lazy to find the original quote. Just like you are too lazy to verify the sources of information you use in your blog. Like: "Preliminary examples of Obama’s planned tyranny include telling a preschooler her mother did not provide her with a nutritious lunch...." You wrote an entire blog on that, and ignored the facts that countered that.

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I voted for Barack because he

I voted for Barack because he was black. ’Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them,” Jackson said. "That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean sh-t to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do.

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OBLIVIOUS

the slight difference in the phrasing of Jefferson's quotes are not enough to make a discernable difference in the message. Get over yourself.

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@Angela Yuppers

Angela, so the actions of a single person means that rest of that group are also guilty of the same.

Therefore, if one Republican in the House is gay, all Republicans in the House are gay, etc, etc, etc,

Are you aware of something called logical thought processes?

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