Lincoln vs. Obama
February 22, 2010 3 Comments
You know, there’s something that’s been on my mind lately that I just can’t reconcile. I’m a conservative. I believe in a smaller government that lets the people decide how to live their lives, spend their money and raise their children. I believe that teaching a man to fish serves him better throughout his lifetime than simply handing him a fish. I believe this country has been made great by people who worked hard to have more than their parents did, who thought it’s better to do for themselves than to let someone else do for them.
I could keep going, but that’s really not the exact point I’m trying to make. The thing that’s been bothering me is this: Often times during his campaign and throughout his presidency, Obama has said that his favorite president, the one he looks up to and studies is Abraham Lincoln. But if this is true, than either I need to brush up on my history or Obama needs to take a step back and compare his philosophies of government to his presidential idol’s.
Here’s a Lincoln quote… see if it lines up with what Obama’s been trying to do in this country over the past year:
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative… and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
And now, here’s a very famous and much talked about quote from Obama during his campaign:
“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
I could go on with quote after quote from each president, but I’m not trying to write a book here. I just wanted to get my thoughts out on the table. Now, I’m certainly not saying that Obama isn’t allowed to admire Lincoln… Lincoln’s a great president to admire. But call a spade a spade, Obama. The two of you don’t have the same philosophies on how to make (or keep) this country great. How can he be your favorite president if you don’t even share the same fundamental values on government’s role in the lives of its people?