Get­tys­burg theme at odds with Obama’s

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

Pres­i­dent Obama will not be at­tend­ing the 150th an­niver­sary of the Get­tys­burg Ad­dress — most likely for the sim­ple rea­son that the con­clu­sion of Lin­coln’s famed speech of­fends him: “... that this na­tion, un­der God, shall have a new birth of free­dom and that gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple, shall not per­ish from the earth.” (“Obama diss: Pres­i­dent snubs his­toric Get­tys­burg 150th an­niver­sary cer­e­mony,” Web, Oct. 31)

Mr. Obama has never cham­pi­oned such a gov­ern­ment. Rather, he has said that “in­di­vid­ual ac­tions, in­di­vid­ual dreams, are not suf­fi­cient. We must unite in col­lec­tive ac­tion, build col­lec­tive in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

Lin­coln cham­pi­oned the free­dom of the peo­ple. With supreme irony, Mr. Obama seeks sub­or­di­na­tion of per­sonal free­dom in fa­vor of im­per­sonal in­sti­tu­tions. Amer­i­cans might not work the fields with the vis­i­ble bru­tal­ity of the slav­ery which Lin­coln op­posed, but the vir­tual slav­ery Mr. Obama seeks is no less real. In his sce­nario, work­ers are stripped of their money, which is given to those who la­bor not. The only way to be free of that bur­den is to be­come a ward of the state and the re­cip­i­ent of its re­dis­tributed wealth. In­stead of be­ing a wage slave, you can then be­come a gov­ern­ment de­pen­dent.

But like any dog, your place at the mas­ter’s ta­ble is al­ways up for grabs. Don’t for­get the mil­lions of Chi­huahuas in the next yard over. JAMES BEAUCHAMP Wal­dorf, Md.

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