Ramon Arias | May 20, 2013
Question: why was Obama’s commencement address to 10,000 Ohio State University graduates, their families and friends filled with such urgency warning them not to listen to the voices that are proclaiming the government is becoming tyrannical?
This is what he said:
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted. We don’t think the government is the source of all our problems … we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.”
In his speech Obama mocks the people who are raising their voices denouncing tyranny and commands his listeners to reject anti-government viewpoints. I do not know how much those graduates, their families and friends know why 56 individuals signed the Declaration of Independence. Do they know that many of the 18th Century colonists came together to declare their independence from British dominance because they saw their liberties at risk and were determined not to lose them? The British crown was backing away from their original agreements and wanted to exercise more domination over them.
The introduction to the Declaration begins with: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
In the Preamble we find the justification for the war against Britain for destroying their God-given rights:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Then they made the indictment against the king for his “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the people’s rights and liberties:
“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world…”
You must read the facts listed by the signers. Under the light of the introduction, preamble and indictment of the Declaration of Independence against King George III, can Obama or any other person rob the people from freely expressing their discontent when government is going wrong and against their original commitment?
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary describes tyranny as an “Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty and oppression.”
The Declaration of Independence clearly states our total dependency upon God’s laws and our liberty, which comes from understanding and applying God’s purpose for our lives and institutions. This includes education, science, economics, politics, civil government, media, the world of entertainment and much more.
When Obama speaks of self-government he clearly does not understand that it is impossible to accomplish such a task without the individual being under God’s Sovereignty. All the mess we see in the nation is precisely because people are not under God’s direction, but rather under the orders men. He should have quoted Ronald Reagan’s Inaugural Address January 20, 1981: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”Can you honestly believe any politician or individual that insists this nation is better off?
John F. Kennedy in his Inaugural Speech said: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”However, Obama wants to turn the order around to favor the collectivist ideal. What Obama really meant was: “ask what your government can always do for you for you, serve the collective, be faithful to your master and you will have a bright future”
The state-run schools have been under heavy Marxists indoctrination for decades. They now dominate the Democrat Party and many Republicans are influenced and pressured to constantly compromise. All of them, and society in general, must understand in their heart the revealed truth in the Scriptures and the Declaration of Independence. There is a big difference between Liberty or Tyranny, and the choice is ours.
The following is a simple formula for solving our problems that’s been proven true throughout the ages: Being under God’s Government + self-government = Success.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:5-9.