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Obama dares graduates to reject cynical voices
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Quote:Obama dares graduates to reject cynical voices
JOSH LEDERMAN , The Associated Press

Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013, 1:22 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio - A year to the day after kicking off his victorious re-election campaign on this college campus, President Barack Obama returned to Ohio State University and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their democracy can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nation's future.

"I dare you, Class of 2013, to do better. I dare you to do better," Obama said.

In a sunbaked stadium filled with more than 57,000 students, friends and relatives, Obama lamented an American political system that gets consumed by "small things" and works for the benefit of society's elite. He called graduates to duty to "accomplish great things," like rebuilding a still-feeble economy and fighting poverty and climate change.

"Only you can ultimately break that cycle. Only you can make sure the democracy you inherit is as good as we know it can be," Obama told more than 10,000 cap-and-gown-clad graduates gathered for the rite of passage. "But it requires your dedicated, informed and engaged citizenship."

The visit to Ohio State , the first of three commencement addresses Obama will give this season , was a homecoming of sorts for Obama, who has visited the campus five times over little more than a year, starting with his first official campaign rally here last May. He made many more stops elsewhere in Ohio as he and Republican Mitt Romney dueled for the Buckeye State, and its 18 electoral votes were pivotal to Obama's victories in both 2008 and 2012.

There was little direct mention of party politics Sunday, but ample allusion to the partisan battles that cramped many of Obama's legislative efforts in his first term and have continued unabated into his second.

In an apparent reference to his failed push on gun control, he bemoaned that a small minority in Congress find excuses to oppose things that most Americans support.

"This is a joyous occasion, so let me put this charitably: I think it's fair to say our democracy isn't working as well as we know it can," Obama said.

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Our democracy is working as planned except politicians and the scotus keep ignoring the plan..
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We are a freaking REPUBLIC, NOT a democracy!!!
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Hypocrite:

Quote:He urged graduates to run for office, start a business or join a cause, contending that the health of their democracy "requires your dedicated, informed and engaged citizenship."

Quote: 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.

Like a typical deceiver, he mixes truth with lies, and throws in some hypocrisy as an extra bonus.

The second quote from a different link is a great mix of all three. "We understand that it's not about what America can do for us, it's about what can be done by us...." is truth.....but also hypocritical, because he is in office solely because of people who want to know what America can do for them.

"...what can be done by us, together...." is a lie, because it encourages socialism, instead of individual responsibility.

"Start a business"???? Why, so he can collect more taxes? "Join a cause"??? (Only the government-approved, politically-correct ones. As in, no Tea Party.)

Which is why I never listen to this guy.
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Quote:In a speech to college graduates at Ohio State, President Obama spent a few minutes talking about people who warn of government tyranny. He told the graduates to "reject these voices." That sounds very transparent and democratic, doesn't it? He went on to say that "we [including himself] don't think that the government is the source of all our problems." I would argue that the government is the source of many...not all...but many of our problems at hand. Ronald Reagan has many quotes that agree with my assessment in this area.


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RugerGirl;100275 Wrote:... he is in office solely because of people who want to know what America can do for them...

That's a patently false assumption, but sure, whatever works as an excuse for his election is what you'll go with it seems.
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Well, the one good thing about O and the .gov boogieman in general is that some can place all blame for everything that ever goes wrong onto their backs, thereby relieving ones self of responsibility for any failure or shortcomings.
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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IronSight;100349 Wrote:
RugerGirl;100275 Wrote:... he is in office solely because of people who want to know what America can do for them...

That's a patently false assumption, but sure, whatever works as an excuse for his election is what you'll go with it seems.

It is absolutely not false.

What did Obama run on?

Promises for free health care. Promises for free phones and various and assorted other free stuff (either directly, or that's what people thought they heard him say). Promises regarding college loans. Promises regarding Medicare. Promises to make the evil rich people pay more taxes. Why did people vote for Obama? Because "Obama will help this country"? No. Because "Obama will help ME". Just do a Google search like "Obama lures/lured voters...." and find tons of promises he made to different assorted groups in order to receive their votes.

We should vote for a President because he's the best man for the country, not because we think he will help ourselves, regardless of anyone else.

I fully understand other politicians do the same thing, but I'm pointing out the hypocrisy in HIS speech, not the speeches of others.
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RugerGirl;100405 Wrote:
IronSight;100349 Wrote:That's a patently false assumption, but sure, whatever works as an excuse for his election is what you'll go with it seems.

It is absolutely not false.

... Why did people vote for Obama? Because "Obama will help this country"? No. Because "Obama will help ME" ...

You made an absolutist statement, which only requires one nonconforming voter to prove wrong, then doubled-down with a ridiculous oversimplification and mischaracterization of his platform for the election.

It absolutely is false.
IronSight, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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IronSight;100440 Wrote:
RugerGirl;100405 Wrote:It is absolutely not false.

... Why did people vote for Obama? Because "Obama will help this country"? No. Because "Obama will help ME" ...

You made an absolutist statement, which only requires one nonconforming voter to prove wrong, then doubled-down with a ridiculous oversimplification and mischaracterization of his platform for the election.

It absolutely is false.

Isn't is possible that, usual supporters aside, what one the election for Obama was the people that voted for things like free healthcare, birth control, or cell phones? From everyone I spoke to that voted for Obama (other than the diehard democrats that would vote D no matter what), it was the "free stuff" that was the tipping point for them.
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