Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute and director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, hits the nail on the head.
President Obama would have been more inspiring had he embraced the return of limited constitutional government. Instead President Obama explained how “big and important things cannot be done except through government.” See any problems there?
From George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, presidents sought mostly to administer the laws that enabled citizens to live their own lives, ambitiously or not. It would have been thought impertinent for a president to tell a graduating class that what the country needs is the political will “to harness the ingenuity of your generation, and encourage and inspire the hard work of dedicated citizens . . . to repair the middle class; to give more families a fair shake; to reject a country in which only a lucky few prosper.”
A more inspiring message might have urged graduates not to reject their own country, where for two centuries far more than a lucky few have prospered under limited constitutional government—and even more would today if that form of government were restored.
Read the entire article from Roger Pilon at the Wall Street Journal by clicking here.