Health, wealth, and happiness. That’s what my wife said when I showed her the beginning of the transcript of Obama’s acceptance speech . She hit the nail on the head. Obama has officially rewritten the Declaration of Independence. Of course, such a view is of the essence of socialism, but Obama has stated it very well. Here’s what I mean. Obama said:
Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.
It is that promise that has always set this country apart – that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.
OK, not too bad yet, I like the “individual” part, but I’m not sure “dreams” was part of it all, and what does he mean by “but still come together… to ensure…”?
That’s why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women – students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors — found the courage to keep it alive.
We meet at one of those defining moments – a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.
OK, how has it been threatened, and what does the economy have to do with it?
Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach.
Hold on here. I thought we were talking about the reasons this country was founded. Now we seem to be talking about personal finance. And “credit card bills”—O MY GOODNESS–have soldiers died so we can spend more than we earn and run up our credit cards? But I’m sure that’s not what he means.
These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.
Now we have it. The redefinition of the Declaration: Everyone has the right to “health, wealth, and happiness” , and the U.S. government has done a poor job of ensuring that we are all healthy, wealthy, and happy. And he continues…
America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.
This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.
This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he’s worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.
I agree. Americans are less compassionate than they used to be. Good points. But then he continues…
We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.
Whoa. Wait a minute. “We are more compassionate than a government…”? How subtly he has transferred the responsibility for compassion from the individual to the government.
Tonight, I say to the American people, to Democrats and Republicans and Independents across this great land – enough! This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: “Eight is enough.”
So that’s it. The American Promise is the so-called “American Dream”–material prosperity, and as we will see, socialism is the answer, according to Obama. Unfortunately, even if material prosperity were the highest goal, socialism is not teh best path to that goal. And in fact, material prosperity is not the highest goal.