Obama Fights Back Against Anti-Government Crowd
Giving a commencement speech at the University of Michigan, President Obama took aim at the angry, anti-government protesters we’ve experienced of late, although he didn’t mention anyone (Sarah Palin) or any group (tea partiers) by name.
“But what troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad,” said Obama, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree. “When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us.”
Government, he said, is the roads we drive on and the speed limits that keep us safe. It’s the men and women in the military, the inspectors in our mines, the pioneering researchers in public universities.
The financial meltdown dramatically showed the dangers of too little government, he said, “when a lack of accountability on Wall Street nearly led to the collapse of our entire economy.”
The president addressed the dangers of overheated rhetoric.
“At its worst, it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response.”Click here for reuse options!
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