Thursday, May 16, 2013

Remember that Commencement Speech?

James Taranto helpfully reminds us of the president's May 5 commencement speech at Ohio State University:

Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.
See what he did there? First he builds the straw man, then he pretends to be patriotic.

What the voices are warning about is an excess of power in government. And it's not that "we can't be trusted." It's that you can't be trusted.

Within a week he'll hear "for the first time" that his people have been using the most powerful, and least accountable, law enforcement agency in the country to attack his opponents. You'll have to travel to the FSU to find a better example of tyranny.