Changing America

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by Walter E. Williams: Moral
or Immoral Government



Dr. Thomas
Sowell, in Dismantling
, said in reference to President Obama, “That such
an administration could be elected in the first place, headed by
a man whose only qualifications to be president of the United States
at a dangerous time in the history of the world were rhetoric, style
and symbolism — and whose animus against the values and institutions
of America had been demonstrated repeatedly over a period of decades
beforehand — speaks volumes about the inadequacies of our educational
system and the degeneration of our culture.” Obama is by no means
unique; his characteristics are shared by other Americans, but what
is unique is that no other time in our history would such a person
have been elected president. That says a lot about the degeneration
of our culture, values, thinking abilities and acceptance of what’s
no less than tyranny. As Sowell says, “Barack Obama is unlike any
other President of the United States in having come from a background
of decades of associations and alliances with people who resent
this country and its people.” In 2008, Americans voted for Obama’s
change. Let’s look at some of it.

Obama’s Health
and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius threatened that there
would be “zero tolerance” for “misinformation” in response to an
insurance company executive who said that ObamaCare would create
costs that force up health insurance premiums. That’s not only an
attack on our constitutionally guaranteed free speech rights but
an official threat against people who express views damaging to
the administration.

Not to be outdone
by his HHS secretary’s attack on free speech, Obama wants full disclosure
of the names of people who were backers of campaign commercials
critical of his administration, saying that there has been a “flood
of deceptive attack ads sponsored by special interests, using front
groups with misleading names.” Disclosure would leave administration
critics open to government and mob retaliation.

Obama and
his congressional and union allies have lectured us that socialized
medicine is the cure for the nation’s ills, but I have a question.
If socialized medicine, Obamacare, is so great for the nation, why
permit anyone to be exempted from it? It turns out that as of the
end of November, Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary has
issued over 200 waivers to major labor unions such as the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union and Transport Workers Union
of America and major companies such as McDonald’s and Darden Restaurants,
which operates Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Keep in mind that the
power to grant waivers is also the power not to grant waivers. Such
power can be used to reward administration friends and punish administration
critics by saddling them with millions of dollars of health care

heath care legislation contains deviousness that has become all
too common in Washington. What was sold to the American people as
health care reform legislation includes a provision that would more
heavily regulate and tax gold coin and bullion transactions. Whether
gold and bullion transactions should or should not be more heavily
regulated and taxed is not the issue. The administration’s devious
inclusion of it as a part of health care reform is.

government intrusion into our lives is becoming increasingly difficult
for at least two reasons. The first reason is that educators at
the primary, secondary and university levels have been successful
in teaching our youngsters to despise the values of our Constitution
and the founders of our nation — “those dead, old, racist white
men.” Their success in that arena might explain why educators have
been unable to get our youngsters to read, write and compute on
a level comparable with other developed nations; they are too busy
proselytizing students.

The second
reason is we’ve become a nation of thieves, accustomed to living
at the expense of one another and to accommodate that we’re obliged
to support tyrannical and overreaching government.

Hitler had it right when he said, “How fortunate for governments
that the people they administer don’t think.”

15, 2010

E. Williams is the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics
at George Mason University, and a nationally syndicated columnist.
To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other
Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators
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