Obama tells grads to reject voices warning of government tyranny

Posted May 7, 2013 by Andrew Moran
United States President Barack Obama spoke to a group of Ohio State University graduates on Sunday and encouraged them to “reject” and ignore the “voices” that consistently warn of government tyranny.
President Barack Obama salutes military service members while watching the inaugural parade from the...
President Barack Obama salutes military service members while watching the inaugural parade from the reviewing stand on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.,
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The president delivered the commencement address to the Ohio State University graduating class of 2013. During his oration, he took the time to speak about certain sectors of society that continually warn of the U.S. government becoming tyrannical and being the root of all of the nation’s problems.
“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 do their best to gum up the works,” said President Obama. “They'll warn that tyranny 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.”
Obama, who has been accused by his opponents of acting like a king because of his numerous executive orders (more than his predecessor) and signing legislation that enhances the power of the federal government, continued that the American people have never been a populace that seeks government to solve every issue that confronts the country. However, he confirmed that Americans don’t think the government is the source of every problem either.
“Because we understand that this democracy is ours,” the president said. “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.”
Some of those who are wary of government power and the present administration criticized President Obama over his remarks. Former New Mexico Republican Governor and 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson issued a statement on the recommendation to “reject” these voices.
Johnson cited Federalist Paper 47 and listed Obamacare, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Patriot Act as just some of the policies by the federal government that are indeed tyrannical.
“I don’t know about the students at Ohio State, but the hundreds of students at the nine colleges and universities I visited over the past few weeks – from Ohio to Colorado – are definitely NOT rejecting warnings about a government that has grown too large, that is eroding their civil liberties at every opportunity, and saddling them with unimaginable debt,” explained former Gov. Johnson in a statement. “In fact, the students I talked with are not only heeding warnings about modern-day tyranny, but they are ready to go to work defending against it.”
The Commander in Chief is scheduled to deliver two more commencement speeches this month: one at the U.S. Naval Academy and another at Morehouse College.