On Saturday September 12, thousands of protesters appeared on the Mall in front of the White House protesting the big government that Barack Obama has on his agenda in an attempt to improve living conditions for Americans. Health care is the primary concern of Americans, many who do not believe in a government sanctioned system that takes away an individual’s right to choose a doctor. While health care is certainly at the top of the list, Americans also want the federal government to be less intrusive in many areas of their life, from education to private gun ownership. Freedomworks, a grass-roots organization, was behind the protest. The organization stands for minimal government, lower taxes, and more freedom for citizens to be able to conduct their lives the way they see fit. Conservative values dictate that government should never intrude on another person’s life, versus present Democratic values, which lean more towards the philosophy of Jean Jacques Rousseau, an eighteenth century political philosopher who believed the purpose of government was to help provide for the citizens of a nation. Eradicating poverty, homelessness, and joblessness is the job of government, something which many liberals favor.
Obama is accused of misusing his power and going against the Constitution, especially with regards to corporate bailouts, which does not appear in any of the Amendments. The Founding Fathers of America never intended for government to get involved with laissez-faire capitalism, health care, or education, another sore spot for Obama after he made a speech to Americans regarding education last week. Some protesters on the Mall also held signs saying that Obama was too much like Hitler, wanting to transform America into a worker’s paradise along Socialist lines. Americans do not want to see federal government become the final say in their lives, but Obama seems to personally favor a Socialist nation where everyone has equal access to education, health care, and other forms of government welfare.
The majority of protesters remained civil in their demonstration, with minimal interference from the police. The more conservative Democrats also appeared at the protest, finding Obama’s policies running contrary to what the Constitution says about the right to live freely, without a higher power controlling one’s personal decisions on education and health. For all of the protesters, though, there was no partisan view, just the general shared belief that government, for the most part, should stay out of the daily lives of Americans.