Is Obama's Decision On The Contraception Mandate a Tipping Point?
After my brother returned from studying at Harvard, and I graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), my dad warned me to be careful lest I become an educated fool. He stressed that such a person loses touch with reality readily, tends to be ignorant, arrogant, egotistical, and usually alienates people.
My dad did not graduate from high school, but by hard work, and diligence, he ended his career running a small business, successfully. His philosophy was basic: before opining or deciding on any matter, understand it, learn from others who know about it, try to simplify it, and subject it always to a practical, fairness, reality test.
As I observed candidate Obama talking about his foreign policy, I recalled my dad's advice. Among the many matters Obama spoke about naively then that made me think about my dad were these two. First, his plan soon after being elected, to sit down with Iran and Cuba's presidents to apply diplomacy to solve USA’s foreign relations issues with these states. Second, his goal to close Guantanamo Bay in his first year. In foresight, it was obvious he was behaving like an educated fool; hindsight removed any doubt.
President Obama can benefit from my dad's advice. I continue to watch Obama, and his advisers try to 'fix' the US economy using leftist rhetoric and failed socialist's policies. He remains under the delusion that government creates jobs, and so, he keeps spending, and lambasting businesses, society's true job-creation entities. On economic matters, repeatedly, I see him displaying traits of the educated fool.
My dad would use Obama's requirement that religious organizations offer their employees contraception benefits, as the perfect example of the educated fool in action. That decision is offensive to many faith groups. It shows ignorance and arrogance, a dictatorial style, and it violates religious freedoms. What will he think of next? Will he decide the number of children per family?Continued on the next page