Michelle Obama's Speech -- UCLA -- Two Weeks Ago
"In 2008, we are still a nation that is too divided. We live in isolation, and because of that isolation we fear one another. We don't know our neighbors. We don't talk. We believe that our pain is our own. We don't realize that the struggles and challenges of all us are the same. We are too isolated. And we are still a nation that is still too cynical. We look at it as 'them' and 'they' as opposed to us. We don't engage because we are still too cynical.
"Americans are in debt not because they live frivolously, but because someone got sick. And even with insurance, the deductibles and premiums are so high that people are still putting medication treatments on credit cards. And they can't get out from under. I could go on and on and on, but this is how we're living, people, in 2008. And things have gotten progressively worse. Throughout my lifetime, through Democratic and Republican administrations, it hasn't gotten better for regular folks.
"We have lost the understanding that in a democracy we have a mutual obligation to one another. That we cannot measure our greatness in this society by the strongest and richest of us. But we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here. Because Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that. That before we can work on the problems we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.
"If we can't see ourselves in one another we will never make those sacrifices. So I am here right now because I am married to the only person in this race who has a chance of healing this nation.
"The first major decision he had to make in his life, after college, 'do I go to Wall Street and make money or do I work for the people?' Barack worked as a community organizer in some of the toughest neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago. Helping young mothers find their voice and their power. Folks who had a reason to be cynical because government had forgotten them long ago. There is no one else in this race who can claim that kind of commitment to the people on the ground. No one.
"Barack, as Oprah said, is one of the most brilliant men you will meet in our lifetime. Barack is more than ready. He'll be ready today. He'll be ready on day one. He'll be ready in a year from now. Five years from now. He is ready. That is not the question. The question is what are we ready for? Wait, wait, wait. Because we say we're ready for change, we say we're ready for change but see change is hard. Change will always be hard. And it doesn't happen from the top down. We do not get universal health care, we do not get better schools, because somebody else in the White House. We get change because folks from the grass roots up decide they are sick and tired of other people telling them how their lives will be. When they decide to roll up their sleeves and work. And Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your division. That you come out of your isolation. That you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual; uninvolved, uninformed.
"We have young kids all over the world who are looking to this nation and they're trying to figure out who we are and what we want to become. We have a chance not just to make history, but we can change the world. We can change the world. Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can."
We wish to offend no one with the opinion that this speech is going to damage her husband's political future. It was not how she said it. It was what was said. You can read it for yourselves, and follow the link above to hear the audio. There is no mistaking what her intention is. It is clear to us, to Hugh, to Generalissimo Duane, to Hugh's listeners and guests that this smacks of fascism.
We knew he espoused the same socialist ideas that Senator Clinton did. Tax, tax, tax; spend, spend, spend all the while they grow the government's size in exponential leaps. Both are, in essence, preaching the religion of the state, wrapped in warm, caring, coddling liberalism. That sort of liberal ideology ceases to resemble a democracy, and looks more like the European socialism we read about daily.
But the speech above lacks the warm fuzziness of such socialism. It literally reeks of fascism. Empowered youth, with nary a clue about their government; how it works, how they can help make it work, or how to clean it up. Listening to the crowds cheer her is reminiscent of a Nazi rally, especially the end of it. Anyone who espouses that government can fix your soul is either extremely narcissistic, painfully naive, or simply unintelligent. There is but one who can fix a man's soul, and He is not of this Earth. (Yes, that is a philisophical belief we share. We are Catholic, and happily so.) But when goverment, or those who will be mouthpieces in a prospective administration, begin "preaching" that they can fix souls, it causes common sense people to become concerned.
We have been down such roads before. Maybe not to the extent we witnessed in Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, or any other despotism around the globe. But in such societies, people are not empowered to make their lives better. They reside under the bootheel of those who did the espousing while the people tend to be the ones suffering.
If this is what Senator Barack Obama truly believes, if this is the message he has for America, then it is something we are not interested in. Nor is the majority of the nation. She is not talking about a democracy. She is literally giving us a vision of a "socialist utopia" that would make President Franklin Roosevelt jealous. She is not speaking of a respect for human life, freedom, and the rule of law. She is talking about a future where the government is king, and can fix any problem that arises. In such societies of the past, fixing "problems" has become bloody very quickly; be it direct violence, or later, being rounded up as a social agitator.
The American people have a right to speak up and decide their lives for themselves. It is not the government's job to do this. What she speaks of is not America. It would be her husband's twisted vision of America, and we will have no part of it.