Yesterday, President Bush gave a Labor Day speech to the Operating Engineers’ Labor Day celebration in Richfield, Ohio, and exemplified exactly why it is that liberals despise him and conservatives respect him. Of course, many on the right were likely disturbed by the President’s vocal support for increased government spending and programs and the fact that the speech was designed to appeal to the labor sector. But getting past that, conservatives need to emphasize the truly positive part of Bush’s remarks.
In spite of his big-government neoconservative tendencies, President Bush showed himself, again, to be a man of strong convictions and reminded Americans that we are no long longer in the if-it-feels-good-do-it era. We are in the “responsibility era.” There are few things liberals fear more than the requirement of personal responsibility.
Surely the following remarks really raised the ire of the likes of Senators Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, and Charles Schumer who loathe the notion the federal government not being the ultimate solution to every problem:
I really enjoy coming out and seeing people bring their kids out. I want to thank you for bringing them. It reminds me of one of the things that’s happening in our country. It’s a new spirit in America. There’s a cultural change taking place, it seems like to me. And that is, we’re getting away from the era that said, “If it feels good, just go ahead and do it, and if you’ve got a problem, blame somebody else,” to an era in which each of us understands that we’re responsible for the decisions we make in life.
If you’re a mom or a dad, if you’re lucky enough to be a parent, you’re responsible for loving your child with all your heart and all your soul. That’s your job.
If you’re worried about the quality of education in the neighborhood in which you live, then you’re responsible for doing something about it.
As I mentioned, if you happen to be a CEO in corporate America, you’re responsible for telling the truth. You’re responsible for treating your employees with respect.
If you’re an American in the responsibility era, you’re responsible for loving a neighbor like you’d like to be loved yourself. . . .
And so on Labor Day, a day in which we honor the worker, let us honor those who work to make our society and country a more compassionate place by helping a neighbor in need, by doing your job as a citizen of the country, by being a patriotic person, which means more than just putting your hand over your heart. It means serving your country in ways large and small, all aimed at lifting up this nation, all aimed at keeping us the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
Democrats have turned away from “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”
Thankfully, President Bush has not.