(This article first appeared in Investors Business Daily.)
In the beginning, Government provided the infrastructure that permitted the success of American companies. After seven days, government rested.
Until President Obama clearly reinforced the government-Creationist perspective, Americans truly did not understand the greatness of our government and all that it has done for us.
If not for Government (like God, Government should be capitalized), Henry Ford would have never invented the car. Quite obviously, Ford thought, now that Government has created roads, he must put a vehicle on them.
Just as apparently, God, in his infinite wisdom, must have realized that Government-created trails needed horses. So He created them.
In a similar vein, God realized that with Government-created footpaths, feet would be ideal. So, responding to the brilliance of Government-created footpaths, God allowed man to evolve to walk upright.
Praise Government for all that flows!
In the Garden of Eden, the Bible describes the story of Adam and Eve, in which the two are warned against eating the fruit from the "tree of knowledge of good and evil."
Obama's perspective on his revisionist bible is a classic example of rewriting history to suit the fallen eaters of the fruit of that tree.
Apparently, the founding fathers destroying one form of government to create a less intrusive one was lost on this president. Apparently, this president fails to understand the plain meaning of the Declaration of Independence:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Our founding fathers threw off the oppressive government of England for a new form of government, a government that provided the framework for a people to live in freedom.
Government derives its power only from the people it serves. Obama seems to think that the government came before the people, and not the other way around.
Perhaps Obama needs to stop eating apples!
• Ryan, CPA, USMCR (Ret.), served in Iraq and briefly in Afghanistan and specializes in corporate restructuring and lectures on ethics.