Have you seen President Obama’s new reelection campaign strategy directed to the female voting bloc? It is named “The Life of Julia” touting, “Take a look at how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime and how Mitt Romney would change her story.”
As a woman, what was your first reaction? As a man, what was your first reaction? As a federal income taxpayer, what was your response? As an American citizen, what was your first reaction? As three out of four of these, this was my first reaction.
When I saw the new “The Life of Julia” campaign by President Obama, I thought, nowhere is it mentioned who pays for government programs throughout Julia’s life. His campaign is touting government programs from cradle-to-grave as deserved and necessary for Julia whom represents every woman’s life.
This reflects a very transparent desire to create an entitlement mentality in society hoping for political votes for the candidate or party that replaces personal responsibility and fulfilled destiny in life with no worry, no stress government programs.
As a woman, I was insulted by this narrative for life directed at women. I found it sexist in the same vein as the assumption a women cannot make it in life without a man supporting her – ala the government replacing the man in this case.
Also, it is quite telling of the Obama philosophy and desire to interject government into a woman’s life (and everyone’s life really) as having the same responsibilities a parent and/or significant other should have in life into American society in general in actuality.
This is going in the complete opposite direction of responsible citizens and responsible government. And again, who pays for all of these nanny state programs? Everyone would agree a helping hand is necessary and compassionate when temporarily needed in life, but dependency as a permanent way of life for those that are capable is neither necessary nor compassionate.
I did not grow up with rich or with well-connected parents. I attended college on a scholarship and had a job. I have had ups and downs in life, and I have had some life situations that were in fact very unfair. As an adult, I have been part of the 1% at times, and I have been part of the 99% at different times in my life. I am the same person no matter my finances at any given time.
At no point in my life, even at my poorest or darkest ones, have I expected the government to ensure life was fair for me or felt taxpayers owed me “The Life of Julia” – a government entitlement solution to any situation from cradle-to-grave. I have had to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start again more than once in my life. I have always believed I could succeed no matter where I started from in the process.
The brutal truth is accepting a life of dependency on government programs creates a permanent poor citizen in more ways than financially – they will not fulfil their potential to be successful in life. This is a way of programming women (and men) to believe they cannot be successful in life and cannot survive at all in fact without a government program, many of which do not in fact work.
This is learned helplessness being pushed into lives. This is an entitlement mentality being pushed into America’s identity.
Since the “War on Poverty” programs started in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, many of the programs have been a complete failure. The poverty rate has actually seen record increases under the Obama administration even with new multi-billion dollar assistance programs.
Where is the accountability in government assistant programs we already have in place when they do not work? Where is the compassion in no accountability for feel-good programs that produce little results on the War on Poverty?
This also completely disrespects the 51% of the population that pays federal income taxes. Is this part of the “fair shake” rhetoric we keep hearing about in the class warfare campaign agenda?
What women would want to live life beholden to a government creating dependency for power and control? Everyone knows the consequences for a woman and her children that are completely dependent on an abusive husband – one that may only look good on paper or may seem great to the outside world.
The bottom line is “The Life of Julia” is talking down to women and all citizens really. American citizens are not “children to be taken care of” for life. If this truly was our culture and national identity, how would America ever have declared independence and formed a government based in citizen freedom and individual liberty?
How is “The Life of Julia” campaign advancing government answers to its citizenry and not the other way around? This advances a message of children to answer to an equivalent of parents that know best and provide all for life. This is a true “War on Women” as reflective of no faith in a whole gender being able to be talented, capable, and intelligent.
Some have expressed it is odd to note President Obama is in the picture throughout the life of Julie depicted from 3 to 67 years old. I see what they have noted, but I did not take it as a desire for Obama to be POTUS for life. I saw it more as a thinly veiled desire for the Democrat Party to be in power for life from the groundwork President Obama is laying for dependency and entitlement (ala Greece) for the party in 2012.
This mentality does have a sense of “taking care of children for life” is the role of government. Is this really what they think the average female voter expects or wants from her government?
Have we learned nothing watching the fiscal crisis in Greece? Have we learned nothing about creating unsustainable entitlement programs watching the U.S. and the European Union run out of other people’s money? Have we not put the U.S. in a reality that we hesitate to call out the human rights abuses of China as a result of our great financial debt to them in deficit spending?
Crazy stuff, but the mask is off in the truth of President Obama and the Democrat Party’s political philosophy goals. Funny thing is most children rebel against parents as a part of growing up. They seek independence, not dependence (and control) for life.
Likewise, women tire of a life of having a controlling husband or father of their children central to their life, even if they are reliant on them for financial support. Eventually it becomes oppressive to their self esteem, life potential fulfillment, and general well being for them and their children.
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