Formerly Admirable, Now a Bad Example on the Way to Obviation
Bringing his military eye to the topic, Theodore Gatchel provides an astute summary of the Obama movement in government:
Two competing schools of thought have developed. One holds that the government’s role should be one of educating people about the risks so that they can make informed decisions. The other school holds that the issues are too complex for most people to comprehend, thereby requiring the government to make the decisions for them.
President Obama is clearly in the latter camp, which fits nicely with his promise to fundamentally change America. In this case it means transforming the country from one in which people who take risks are admired and rewarded to one in which risk taking is regarded as harmful to the common good.
To be sure, it’s possible to go too far lauding unnecessary or ill-considered risks (or those that involve others without consent), but the freedom and opportunity of turning from security en route to improvement as the individual defines it has been essential to the American character — and should remain so.