Salvation by Works?

NRO’s “The Corner” doubles-down on the narrative that Obama is all talk — “hope, change” — without any exhortation to the hard work it actually takes to make things better:

And there’s another key difference: Glenn Beck is not just trying to make you feel good.

On Saturday, he talked about some hard stuff — sacrifice and sweat and truth. Barack Obama’s message has been: Put me in office and we’ll pass things that make everything better. The reality betrays that, of course, but that’s been a key message. Glenn Beck isn’t presenting himself as the answer. He’s rallying to people to politics only as a limited answer to the problems before us. This non-candidate’s civics message is a rally to work harder and a caution about snake-oil salesmen in Washington.

This is provably false. Recall his victory speech:

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.

I promise you, we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.

But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.

This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.

It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.

In fact, Obama’s pushed the idea of “sacrifice” and community service so hard, that the National Review, indeed the very blog on which Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote, likened it to slavery, or forced labor camps, one, two, three, four times. At least. Missing from this new distortion is any attempt to cure the cognitive dissonance. Just an expectation that the reader has, by now, forgotten.

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One comment

  1. “On Saturday, he talked about some hard stuff…”

    The irony kills me.

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