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Obama to Graduates: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny

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Should people worry about tyranny? Not according to the President. President Obama gave the commencement address at The Ohio State University graduation on Sunday. During his speech the President told the graduating seniors to reject the voices that warn of government tyranny. According to, the President didn’t want the students to think that government is the source of problems.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: 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 do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny 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.

We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn’t want to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. 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. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.

The President wants people to trust him and trust the government. I hope that people would reject that notion. It doesn’t matter who the President is or which party is in control, no one should trust the government. People should always question if the government is truly doing what they should be doing.

Now why would the President tell graduating seniors to reject the voices that warn of tyranny? Why would the President warn those getting out of college against listening to those who question and blame government? Because these are the students that voted for Obama the first time. These are also the students that aren’t really sure about him anymore. And they are about to start looking for jobs. Jobs that may not exist thanks to this President.

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