“We Are A Generous And Caring People. We Don’t Believe In A Sink or Swim Society,” Says The President

 

At this crucial time in our nation’s politics, I encourage you to read the following, from our president:

In America, we’ve not always lived up to our ideals, yet we always reach for them. We believe that everyone deserves a chance, that everyone has value, that no insignificant person was ever born. We believe that all are diminished when any are hopeless. We are one people, committed to building a single nation of justice and opportunity.

America rejects bigotry…we reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith…Every immigrant can be fully and equally American, because we’re one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country.

These American ideals of opportunity and equality come to us across the generations, and they have attracted millions from across the world. Yet, there are young Americans growing up here, under this flag, who doubt the promise and justice of our country. They live in neighborhoods occupied by gangs and ruled by fear. They are entitled by law to an education, yet do not receive an education. They hear talk of opportunity and see little evidence of opportunity around them.

Every American must believe in the promise of America, and to reach this noble, necessary goal, there is a role for government. America doesn’t need more big Government, and we’ve learned that more money is not always the answer. If a program is failing to serve people, it makes little difference if we spend twice as much or half as much. The measure of true compassion is results.

Yet we cannot have an indifferent Government, either. We are a generous and caring people. We don’t believe in a sink or swim society. The policies of our Government must heed the universal call of all faiths to love a neighbor as we would want to be loved ourselves…

Government cannot solve every problem, but it can encourage people and communities to help themselves and to help one another…

The same principles of compassion and responsibility apply when America offers assistance to other nations. Nearly half of the world’s people still live on less than $2 a day. When we help them, we show our values, our belief in universal human dignity; we serve our interests and gain economic partners. And by helping the developing nations of the world, we offer an alternative to resentment and conflict and terror…

It is compassionate to increase our international aid. It is conservative to require the hard reforms that lead to prosperity and independence. And with this approach, we’ll make a real difference in the lives of people around the world…

As we observe the detestation of government here at home expressed by teapartiers, and as we observe the calls from hysterical right-wingers in Congress to cut off aid abroad, perhaps we all should pay attention to George W. Bush and those words he uttered on April 30, 2002.

 

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  1. Amazing! It seems that W. could talk the talk. And I found this particularly interesting:

    America rejects bigotry…we reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith…Every immigrant can be fully and equally American, because we’re one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country.

    Some might find that to sound, well, apologetic. Do you suppose?

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    • If you look it up, you will find several instances of Bush and Obama sounding nearly identical, if not in word at least in spirit.

      In fact, evangelicals early on took issue with Bush’s equating the God of Islam with the God of Israel, but they quickly and easily forgave him because of his evangelical bona fides. You see, they actually believed he was a Christian, for God’s sake.

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  2. Bbob

     /  September 14, 2012

    If George W. Bush uttered those words today, he would be completely ostracized by the extreme right wing and shuffled further into ignominy. Hate and bigotry have become their watchwords, and they are leading the party.

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    • I saw where Laura Bush will host a fundraiser for Romney, with Ann in attendance. Mittens doesn’t want to get anywhere near the Bushes, even though George W. will be safely away from the event.

      You can’t blame Romney for not wanting folks to remember how we got in the mess we’re in, with those massive tax cuts and unfunded wars and new entitlement on the credit card.

      And, to your point, W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” is now an embarrassment to the Republican Party, such that they just want to lock him in the attic and hope he doesn’t make too much noise through this election cycle.

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  3. Jason

     /  September 14, 2012

    I disagree with the “apologetic” meme. I know you guys are desperate to find some way to back up Romney’s statement.

    Opposing racism isn’t “apologizing for America” unless you believe that racism is the heart and soul of America.

    Are you really saying that the video maker speak for you – and that anyone dismissing that video is personally offensive to you?

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