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March 26, 2014

Obama in Brussels

by Brad Warbiany


A particular set of ideals began to emerge, the belief that through conscience and free will, each of us has the right to live as we choose, the belief that power is derived from the consent of the governed and that laws and institutions should be established to protect that understanding.

And those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal.

But those ideals have also been tested, here in Europe and around the world. Those ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.

Wait, I’m confused. Is he talking about Russia or the Democratic Party?

H/T: Reason

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  • Doug Mataconis

    It could also be the Republican Party

  • Stephen Littau

    The way Obama, Kerry, and so many American pundits and politicians have been critical of Putin’s actions of late…I haven’t seen so many examples of the pot calling the kettle black (the pot being American foreign policy and in this case, domestic policy) in all my life. It’s really quite embarrassing.

  • MingoV

    “Wait, I’m confused.”

    No, Obama is confused. He reads our Constitution, does the opposite of what it requires, and cannot understand why anyone with more than four neurons says he’s a hypocrite.

    The bold text exactly describes the goal of our democrat and republican politicians. They’ve been working at that goal for decades, and they’ve nearly achieved complete victory.

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