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Here is a simple guide to understanding the real meaning behind what politicians say:

Substitute the words “the government” for “we”, “I’ll” and “our”.

“Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American – if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.”

I didn’t promise every young American and education.  I can only assume that every time Barack Obama opens his mouth and says “we” you can rightfully assume he means “the government”.  Only the government would make such a foolish promise.

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Did the Founding Fathers believe that “We, the People” really meant “We, the Government”?  Apparently that’s what most Democrats (and alot of Republicans) believe.

Believe me when I say that Barack Obama and Thomas Jefferson have very different view of the role of government.  Thomas Jefferson said, “…a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”  I doubt we can expect any of our current politicians to utter these words.

Is it their fault?  Have we as a nation become so accustomed to pervasive government that we have accommodated the aspirations of men for power and in so doing ceded our Natural Rights as humans?  The Rights of Life, Liberty and Property.  We have allowed ourselves to be treated as ignorant sheep and our politicians as the wise shepherds instead of letting them know that WE are the rudder and they are the wind.

We accept the role of government as caretaker, provider, and moral leader.  We accept government’s intrusion as inevitable.  We have traded the right to the Pursuit of Happiness, essentially the right to FAIL, for the provision of economic equality and tenuous “security”.  We have traded intelligent discourse on the role of government for mud-slinging barbs and punch-line slogans.

We reject true reformers as radicals and accept the status quo, afraid of true change.  We reject the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and accept the philosophy of the politicians who seek the power we look, inevitably, to grant.  We shout down those who don’t agree with us and blindly believe those we favor have our best interests at heart.  The Truth:  Our government has no one’s best interests at heart but its own.

As the saying goes, “How can you tell if a politician is lying?”  Because his lips are moving.  Yes, we most certainly deserve the politicians we have.

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