Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

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Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

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By John Ruberry

This is the issue of this elec­tion: Whether we believe in our capac­ity for self-​government or whether we aban­don the Amer­i­can rev­o­lu­tion and con­fess that a lit­tle intel­lec­tual elite in a far-​distant capi­tol can plan our lives for us bet­ter than we can plan them our­selves.“
Ronald Rea­gan, A Time for Choos­ing, 1964.

While the Repub­li­cans lost the 1964 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, resound­ingly, six­teen years later Rea­gan turned the tables on big gov­ern­ment Democrats.

Today Pres­i­dent Obama is at best blur­ring the lines between the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the fifty states. Health­care is being fun­da­men­tally trans­formed by Oba­maCare. The cur­ricu­lum at pub­lic schools – remem­ber, local schools are usu­ally the most local of gov­ern­ment bod­ies – is being altered by Com­mon Core ini­tia­tives. Even what stu­dents eat at those schools is being dic­tated by the Obama administration.

Gov­ern­ment in the United States is becom­ing more and more top-​down, being run, in Reagan’s words, by a “lit­tle intel­lec­tual elite in a far-​distant capitol.”

Just like Europe. And oh do the lib­er­als yearn for a gov­ern­ment more like a Euro­pean country.

But increas­ingly, Euro­peans are turn­ing away from top-​down gov­ern­ment. Last week Scot­tish vot­ers nearly voted for seces­sion from the United King­dom. Promises of more local con­trol for Scots by Lon­don politi­cians may have swayed the outcome.

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There are move­ments all over the Euro­pean Union that are demand­ing inde­pen­dence or more local con­trol, includ­ing those in the Basque region, Cat­alo­nia, Cor­sica, South Tyrol, Wales, Brit­tany, and the Faeroe Islands. Bel­gium could split in two.

Two days ago Anne Appel­baum in the Wash­ing­ton Post took a look at how peo­ple across Europe view of their top-​down governments.

The ideals of Euro­pean unity that inspired a pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion don’t move younger peo­ple who have no mem­ory of what came before. At the same time, it is increas­ingly and notably strange that the wealth­i­est group of nations on Earth can­not cre­ate a pol­icy to cope with the chaos ris­ing on its south­ern and east­ern bor­ders — chaos that is, of course, the source of mas­sive new immi­gra­tion as well as eco­nomic insta­bil­ity. Instead, dis­tant Euro­pean Union insti­tu­tions appear to fill their time mak­ing petty reg­u­la­tions. No won­der vot­ers want to bring the decision-​making “home.”

True, some of these local Euro­pean move­ments are hyper-​nationalist and yes, even racist. But like Rea­gan decades ago, Euro­peans are dis­dain­ing the so-​called wis­dom of those experts who live far away and claim only they know what’s best for them.

As for Obama, he’s on the wrong side of history.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

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Reagan statue, Dixon, IL
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By John Ruberry

“This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”
Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, 1964.

While the Republicans lost the 1964 presidential election, resoundingly, sixteen years later Reagan turned the tables on big government Democrats.

Today President Obama is at best blurring the lines between the federal government and the fifty states.  Healthcare is being fundamentally transformed by ObamaCare. The curriculum at public schools–remember, local schools are usually the most local of government bodies–is being altered by Common Core initiatives. Even what students eat at those schools is being dictated by the Obama administration.

Government in the United States is becoming more and more top-down, being run, in Reagan’s words, by a “little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol.”

Just like Europe. And oh do the liberals yearn for a government more like a European country.

But increasingly, Europeans are turning away from top-down government. Last week Scottish voters nearly voted for secession from the United Kingdom. Promises of more local control for Scots by London politicians may have swayed the outcome.

This time.USA-UK flags

There are movements all over the European Union that are demanding independence or more local control, including those in the Basque region, Catalonia, Corsica, South Tyrol, Wales, Brittany, and the Faeroe Islands. Belgium could split in two.

Two days ago Anne Appelbaum in the Washington Post took a look at how people across Europe view of their top-down governments.

The ideals of European unity that inspired a previous generation don’t move younger people who have no memory of what came before. At the same time, it is increasingly and notably strange that the wealthiest group of nations on Earth cannot create a policy to cope with the chaos rising on its southern and eastern borders — chaos that is, of course, the source of massive new immigration as well as economic instability. Instead, distant European Union institutions appear to fill their time making petty regulations. No wonder voters want to bring the decision-making “home.”

True, some of these local European movements are hyper-nationalist and yes, even racist. But like Reagan decades ago, Europeans are disdaining the so-called wisdom of those  experts who live far away and claim only they know what’s best for them.

As for Obama, he’s on the wrong side of history.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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