Medieval Christianity saw the nobility as being required to protect those who were their serfs or the local poor. Similarly, in Chinese history, the mandate of heaven was the idea if you didn’t take care of the people, that heaven would remove your right to rule and give it to another.
This idea is summarized in the phrase: “Noblesse Oblige”. The American equivalent is the Peter Parker Rule: With great gifts comes great responsibility.
Reality check: Obama is still in a world where a benevolent government cares for you.
Most Americans came to America because they wanted to take care of themselves.
And his ideas, which stress federal solutions to local problems, are making things worse on many levels.
Here is the quote, via the Catholic website LesFemmes:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges.If youâ€™ve got a business, you didnâ€™t build that. Somebody else made that happen….The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we donâ€™t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
But is this personal help, or a big government program?
No wonder the rich on the right are up in arms. But even those of us on the left who support subsidiarity are raising eyebrows.
Subsidiarity is a concept in Catholic social teaching
Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. Political decisions should be taken at a local level if possible, rather than by a central authority. 
In other words, if there is a problem, that it should be solved by those closest to the problem: the family, the friends, the neighborhood, the church, the city government, the state government and only then by a huge federal program.
Obama tends to promte the huge Government programs, but anyone with experience with them know that these are often handouts that go to anyone; local programs are better at getting rid of those who milk the programs without bothering to help themselves.For example: McDonalds probably helped more kids get good jobs than the government.
Why? Not because learning to flip a hamburger was hard, but because employers knew that kids working there learned the discipline of working every day.
In contrast, it was an open secret about the drug use and lack of learning in many Job Corps centers, which were supposed to train teenagers in job skills.
The President also seems to be ridiculing the small businesspeople, or those who worked hard to accomplish something. That is where the rage in the Republican Right comes from.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.
True, Mr. President. But if we didn’t work our tails off, it wouldn’t have gotten done, no matter how much money you threw at the problem.
And what he doesn’t seem to realize is how government programs that are supposed to “help” people end up hurting them, if for no other reason that the huge increase in paper work increases the overhead of a business to please different and often overwhelming government offices, and the labor laws often makes it impossible to hire and fire the best employees.
My example of this is a simple dipstick Urinalysis, which I used to do in my office all the time, used to take two minutes and cost two dollars. Now it costs 40 dollars, because you have to hire a person fully qualified and certified as trained to read the dipstick, and who does the paperwork to run the lab, and paperwork verifying our policy for bodily fluids is being followed, and then she has to run and document weekly “controls” on the dipsticks, using time and money.
This is in a small doctor’s office. Now talk to a local small business owner about the problem.
What is even worse is when government programs interfere with local or non governmental ways that people used to get together to solve a problem, such as regulations that decides the policy for school lunches, never mind the budget or that kids won’t eat what Michelle wants them to eat.
And then we have the government interfering with non government entities that refuse to toe the line on their political agenda: I am talking about the Catholic church, whose schools, hospitals and social service outreach is huge, and often locally based.
Why are you attacking them by insisting they pay for something that the church has considered immoral since 50 AD?
And the emphasis on you, Mr. President,Â because this was your decision: it was not in the Obamacare bill (indeed you told several pro life Democrats that it wouldn’t be in the bill).
The rule was made by an unelected HHS panel and put into the federal register as law at the same time you were lying to the press that you had fixed it.
Instead, you arranged for your minions in the press continue to spread that lie, while your allies in the “peace and justice” groups of the Catholic church are busy trying to cause a schism in the Catholic church by putting the Democratic talking points over church dogmaÂ (while driving out those of us who don’t agree with their agenda).
What’s next? Having a government panel decide that all Hospitals that accept government money must give out contraception, supply abortion, or allowing terminal sedation for the elderly?
The irony is that, at the same time you are giving speeches about your wonderful program to give out free birth control, which is not exactly what most Americans think isÂ or should be a priority, we docs are worrying about making ends meet. Not many newspaper articles mentioning that the Obamacare trivia is paid for by a huge cut in Medicaid reimbursements.
Finally, Mr. President, pleas have your speech writers google facts before you claim them to be true.
That remark about fires (” There are some things, just like fighting fires, we donâ€™t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.”).
Actually, Mr. President, in small town America, we do organize to fight fires ourselves:
There are an estimated 1,148,800 firefighters in the United States. Of these, 323,350 (28%) are categorized as career firefighters and 825,450 (72%) are considered volunteer. There are an estimated 30,185 fire departments in the United States, with 13% of those career or mostly career, protecting 62% of the total population. The other 87% of all fire departments are mostly or all volunteer and serve 38% of the population…
You really do need to get outside of your posh environment one of these days and see how a lot of folks live.