Friday, August 29, 2008

America's Promise = Nanny State

The nanny state lives on in Obama's acceptance speech,

"Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves - protect us from harm and
provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe;
invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work.

That's the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper. That's the promise we need to keep. That's the change we need right now....

Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility - that's the essence of America's promise."

Do we really need government's "help" to educate our children or protect us from unsafe toys? It's funny, liberals trust us to birth a baby (or choose to abort), but after that we become total incompetents in need of government assistance in order to know how to teach them, feed them, or what toys they should play with.

Obama's words sound less like the American promise of freedom and more like another promise, "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need."

As a Christian, I have an obligation to help my neighbor; but in a free society there is no mandate that I must be my brother's keeper. Greed and selfishness are wrong, but not a crime. Just how does Obama plan on making sure we keep this promise to our brother?

Perhaps when Obama starts taking care of his own brother, who lives in a grass hut in Kenya on a dollar a day, he'll be able to lecture the rest of us on our responsiblity to be our "brother's keeper" a little more convincingly.

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