As usual, Obama's rhetoric is so disjointed and all over the map it allows him to say everything to everyone depending upon what they want to hear. But the collectivist reality of Obama is there if you want to parse it out.
Having read Obama's speech, it seems to me that if you are at all Right-leaning, you must be crazy if you want this guy to "succeed." That doesn't mean trying to destroy him personally, or wanting him to fail at protecting America but this rhetoric should be a red flag, if anything. It isn't a good America Obama is tuned into. He fails to appreciate the good will and tremendous industry of the American people when left to their own affairs as much as possible.
Let's cut right to the Carter, shall we:
Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
And what is Obama's solution for this? Not to ask Americans to ask themselves what they can do for the country, but to ask them to want what government can do for them.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.
This is contrary to everything the Founding Fathers stood for. They understood the need for limited government and feared its growth and power more than anything else. Obama has no such concerns. Just as we have seen when he's gotten testy with hard questions and questioners, what Obama fears most is substantive public dissent.
I hope for America's sake there's more than enough of it to keep him occupied and away from implementing his nanny state agenda. We certainly can't look for the media to provide it.