Quotes of the Day

As I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding — that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams. — Barack Obama

Note that the phrase contains nothing about effort. Deserve denotes a right, but there are no rights that come at the expense of others. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happyness. Pursuit, not happyness itself. Housing, food, water, work. Things people need to live aren’t enumerated. Why? Because the government can try to protect the first three without burdening others. It could be said that if people were perfectly honorable, it could protect them without cost. Rather, everything else requires the use of force, even if everyone behaved honorably. — onwyrdsdream at Mind Shoved Ajar

Onwyrdsdream deconstructs the president’s statement here. As usual, it takes more words of logic to illuminate just a few words of foolishness, but it’s worth it.  President Obama has had an interesting life, but he has not struggled and lost, or even struggled and won. Both build character and make for a quality leader.  

We can all be in favor of a country with equal opportunity, but when the only measures of success seem to relate to “equal outcomes,” then the argument falls apart.

I’m optimistic about 2017, in part because I’ve prepared for it in previous years, and not because the soon-to-be former president will be looking out for me.   


This entry was posted in Optimism, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Quotes of the Day

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    Not sure if writing all that on a tablet made it better or worse.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s