A Look Ahead

Ohio has been seeing it’s share of presidential campaign ads on TV.  Mostly from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in my market.  I’ve found a few of the ads to contain troubling authoritarian messages.

Take for example Obama’s “Choices” ad with footage of him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention:

[applause] It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, that makes this country work.

No man is my keeper, thank you.

Clinton was even more direct in promoting her plans for our future with her “Fighter” ad narrated by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland who said:

I think she’s a person who has devoted her life to caring about other people­ making sure that America works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

Sounds nice doesn’t it…  except when you remember that when Democrats talk about “making sure” of things, they mean using force against anyone who refuses to go with the program.  She’s going to ensure that Americans don’t work hard to fuel their own dreams and ambitions – but everyone’s.  What a noble cause – to prohibit such selfish behavior!

“Making sure that America works for everyone” is hinting at how Clinton’s policies would seek to redistribute wealth.  Then it pours on a class-warfare dig on “the privelaged few”.

People who devote their lives toward keeping others and robbing the privileged to fund everyone are authoritarians and socialists.

But don’t worry – we have McCain, right?  In April of 2007, Reason Magazine published Be Afraid of President McCain, The frightening mind of an authoritarian maverick.

Does he not understand that there are at least some people in American life who take liberty as seriously as McCain takes his notions of national duty? Judging by a comment he made recently on the Don Imus radio show, the answer seems to be no. Defending campaign finance reform, McCain said, “I would rather have a clean government than one…where ‘First Amendment rights’ are being respected that has become corrupt. If I had my choice I’d rather have a clean government.”

When we have “lesser of two evils” like these, it makes sense to start seriously considering the other evils in the race.

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