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Obama’s unrealistic ambitions
February 25, 2012
In a recent speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Barack Obama once more expressed his misunderstanding of America and achieving the American Dream. He stated “If you’re willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you’ve got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement.” He went on to say, “That’s all most people want. Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream.”
“Small measure of an American Dream?” What? Is this guy for real? Pursuing your God-given talents and personal dreams is unique to each of us. Why set your goals to achieve “a small measure” a minuscule portion of the American dream? America is not based upon limiting one’s aspirations. Our goals yesterday, today and in the future should be born from the possibilities of what we can envision, pursue and ultimately achieve in our lifetime. If we work hard, educate ourselves and take calculated risks shouldn’t the sky be the limit? I don’t know anyone who dares to dream “small”. What’s the point?
Obama stated, “Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions.” I pray that no leader conveys what an individual’s ambition should be limited to.
I’d like to ask Obama just what “unrealistic” means to him. Is it “unrealistic” of us to live our own lives, be financially responsible and not want government mandates that limit our personal freedoms and beliefs?
Apparently this is unrealistic since the Obama administration wants to mandate healthcare on every American. Is it “unrealistic” of us to believe that the government should steer clear of our religious freedoms as outlined in the constitution? Apparently, it is unrealistic because it’s quite evident that Obama feels his beliefs should out weigh those of the Catholic Church and its members. Is it unrealistic for America to be fiscally responsible and not continue down the current debt path that weakens our country on a daily basis? Apparently it is, because Obama continues to attempt to spend his way out of debt.
Unrealistic ambition? Unlike our president I have never thought of putting these two words together. In my mind unrealistic ambition is an oxymoron. I would tell no man, woman or child that their ambitions or goals are unrealistic. This illustrates the main difference in the political parties. Democrats once again promote that they know what is best for you. This administration is bold enough now to even express what they think your dreams and aspirations should be limited to. Heaven forbid (and I did say Heaven) that any of us should question or stray from the followers that flock in Obama’s herd. I have set my goals high and one day intend to “Occupy” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and certainly will never settle or accept someone else’s visions for me.
As I reflect on Obama’s speech the more irritated and worried I become. We should not give the government more control over our lives. If this administration is willing to take on the Catholic Church and work on a “compromise,” we need to be more than concerned. Even using the word “compromise” when referring to any religious practices is incomprehensible. Who does Obama think he is?
Well, at the National Prayer breakfast the President was defending his reasoning for heavily taxing the rich when he said, “But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that, ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’”
The top 10 percent of wage earners pay 70 percent of all federal taxes while 49.5 percent of Americans pay no income tax at all. It’s amazing that hard working citizens are actually demonized and belittled by liberals for not doing enough! When in fact they contribute the most to society.
It’s too bad our pessimistic President doesn’t promote hard work, self reliance and pursuing the American Dream. I know there are less fortunate who truly need aid and should continue to get our help, but fraud and government waste continue to run rampant. Unfortunately Obama can’t quote the old Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We have seen great leaders in our history and will hopefully see another soon. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most memorable speeches when he was describing racial equality with the famous line “I have a dream ... ” In stark contrast, our current President recently had the audacity to tell Americans… what to dream. Unbelievable!
God Bless America!
Ramsey Fowler is a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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