In an interview, Obama deploys the Strategic Aneurysm Device against his libertarian opponents:
“Whenever I hear people saying that our problems would be solved without government, I always want to tell them you need to go to some other countries where there really is no government, where the roads are never repaired ... or kids don’t have access to basic primary education,” he said. “That’s the logical conclusion if, in fact, you think that government is the enemy.”
So only government can run primary schools? Nuns everywhere are looking for Obama's knuckles to rap. Ooops, am I hinting that church run schools are common and effective? Back to Obama!
In the unusual discussion, Obama revealed some of his longstanding frustrations with politics while asking the Iowa author [Marilynne Robinson] questions about her family, her Christian faith and her writings.
“How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you and you caring a lot about taking faith seriously with the fact that, at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them?” Obama asked during the interview, which was published Monday in the New York Review of Books.
Wow - would he ask that of a black minister? Did he ask that of Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright? And did this come up in his chat with the Pope?
As to his point, if a Christian bitter-clinger expresses a preference to stay away from gay marriages he is denounced as a bigoted hater and might be hauled into court. If an otherwise ordinary citizen announces a preference to stay away from church... nobody cares. So which side is viewing the other with suspicion?