“Quite frankly, I’m exhausted,” Velma Hart said, looking the leader of the free world in the eye. “I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.”
There was more. “I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people. And I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting.”
She inspired others in the audience to follow suit. A recent graduate from law school complained that he couldn’t afford to pay even the interest on his student loans.
“What I’m really hoping to hear from you is several concrete steps that you’re going to take moving forward that will be able to reignite my generation, reignite the youth who are beset by student loans. And what I really want to know, is – is the American dream dead for me?” he wailed.
To construct a proper European style social contract with the benefits that go with it, you have to kill the American Dream. That was Barack Obama’s objective, whether he stated it or not or whether he knew it or not. The two are incompatible. You can’t have a nice social contract and a bunch of enthusiastically ambitious people under it at the same time. Something has to give. And it isn’t just about Obama either; it’s the whole idea of the American left.
I am sure that Barack Obama, sensing the desire of Americans to receive the benefits of government, is surprised at the resistance he’s getting, even from people who are nominally sympathetic to his cause. To some extent, so am I. Part of that is generational; if we wait twenty years or so, what he’s wanting to do will go down much better. But he didn’t and now he’s paying the price.