Channeling the spirits of Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman, Pres. Obama praised 11 freedoms the Polish people have that may make some Americans envious.
While in Warsaw celebrating Poland's "Freedom Day," Pres. Obama hailed 11 freedoms that citizens of Poland have. Ironically, it'd be really neat if we enjoyed more of these freedoms back here.
Here are 11 freedoms articulated by the president in his Polish "Freedom Day" speech, followed by conditions here in the U.S. that make them seem rich in irony.
Poland: "We give thanks for the courage of the Catholic Church and the fearless spirit of Saint John Paul II."
U.S: The courageous Catholic Church in court fighting the government's effort to force Catholic employers to violate their religious beliefs.
Poland: "True democracy, real prosperity, lasting security -- these are neither simply given, nor imposed from the outside. They must be earned and built from within."
U.S.: From entitlements to wealth redistribution to "Stay on your parents' plan," the government seems intent on imposing prosperity from without.
Poland: "Here we see the strength of democracy: Citizens raising their voices, free from fear."
U.S.: Conservative nonprofit groups now fear being targeted by the IRS.
Poland: "Here we see an independent judiciary working to uphold the rule of law."
U.S.: Pres. Obama is under fire for claiming he can use executive action to circumvent the rule-of-law.
Poland: "Here in Poland we see a vibrant press and a growing civil society that holds leaders accountable -- because governments exist to lift up their people, not to hold them down."
U.S.: The lack of a "vibrant press...that holds leaders accountable" is one reason the Media Research Center has never run of stories on media bias after more than 25 years.
Poland: "Here we see the strength of free markets."
U.S.: The government is telling us what kind of light bulbs we can't buy and what type of health insurance we must buy.
Poland: "Leaders must uphold the public trust and stand against corruption, not steal from the pockets of their own people."
U.S.: "Tax Freedom Day" keeps coming later and later each year, and one Inspector General report after another details wasteful government spending.
Poland: "A leader's legitimacy can only come from the consent of the people."
U.S.: See above, "executive action."
Poland: "The stroke of a pen can never legitimize the theft of a neighbor's land."
U.S.: "I've got a pen and I've got a phone -- and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward" without Congress, Obama says. And, thanks to the Supreme Court's Kelo decision, the government has expanded its power to seize land against a property owner's will and, apparently, just let it sit vacant.
Poland: "We reject the zero-sum thinking of the past."
U.S.: Wealth redistribution is based on zero-sum thinking (We must take from successful people in order for the needy people to have more, because there's only so much to go around).
Poland: "The Ukrainians of today are the heirs of Solidarity -- men and women like you who dared to challenge a bankrupt regime."
U.S.: The U.S. federal government's debt was $16.7 trillion the end of FY2013, and the head of the Federal Reserve says our nation's debt will rise to "unsustainable levels."