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I’m a couple days late with this but I want to do a break down of 0bama’s commencement speech in front of over 57,000 people at Ohio State on Sunday. I’m going to skip around some parts but here is the full transcript.

He starts out with the usual Ohio State v. Michigan jokes but doesn’t take long to jump into his rhetoric.

There is a word for this. It’s citizenship. And we don’t always talk about this idea much these days — citizenship — let alone celebrate it. Sometimes, we see it as a virtue from another time, a distant past, one that’s slipping from a society that celebrates individual ambition above all else; a society awash in instant technology that empowers us to leverage our skills and talents like never before, but just as easily allows us to retreat from the world. And the result is that we sometimes forget the larger bonds we share as one American family.

Notice he makes a point when talking about the importance of citizenship to throw in a little socialist jargon. He emphasizes that it isn’t good to celebrate individual ambition; we should instead put our personal ambitions aside in favor of what’s best for society.

He follows this up with mentioning all the natural disasters and mass shootings that have happened in the last year and how these things make us a stronger and closer “family”.

We’ve seen the petty divisions of color and class and creed replaced by a united urge to help each other. We’ve seen courage and compassion, a sense of civic duty, and a recognition we are not a collection of strangers; we are bound to one another by a set of ideals and laws and commitments, and a deep devotion to this country that we love.

Yea, most of these “divisions” Barry is talking about are instigated by the “great uniter” himself. Even though he urges these divisions for his own political gain he states that we overcome them because of our civic duties and recognition that we are bound by his laws.

He goes on to say, “as Americans, we are blessed with God-given talents and inalienable rights, but with those rights come responsibilities — to ourselves, and to one another, and to future generations.”

The gaul of this man to contradict his own policies of abortion and gun control, both inalienable rights, with this statement is just plain ironic.

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 doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is 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.

Barack Obama is a former Constitutional law professor and the current President of the United States and he is telling these college graduates that tyranny isn’t ever going to happen. He is basically saying that tyranny is the equivalent of the boogieman and anyone who warns that it actually could come to America is crazy and should automatically be ignored. Now if that isn’t an example of irony then I must be completely confused about the meaning of the word. The President talks about the founders and their intentions and he has completely ignored the fact that the thing they warned us against more than anything else was tyranny. This reminds me of the quote, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” If you were a tyrannical a-hole wouldn’t you want your “citizens” to be unaware of tyranny? Wouldn’t you want anyone who talked about tyranny to be ignored?

Maybe I’m reading too much into this speech but wether or not you believe we are living under tyranny in America today (thats a subject for a different day) the fact is that tyranny has and always will be learning around the corner in America. Don’t ever take for granted the limited freedom we have. Don’t ever take for granted that our constitution is an impregnable wall that will protect us from tyranny because they have already started removing bricks from that wall.

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