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.