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If you've never heard of Otto von Bismarck, you can think of him as Germany's version of Abraham Lincoln. (You know about Lincoln right?).
Both Lincoln and Bismarck (in the late 1800's) converted their respective countries, which were both confederations of states, into consolidated nation-states.
Both did so by becoming virtual dictators during war.
And wouldn't you know...not long after the creation of these giant consolidated states, they would fight, not one, but two World Wars against one another.
There was one significant difference between Bismarck's Germany and Lincoln's America. Bismarck was the first to create the modern welfare state. He was the first to introduce old age pensions, accident insurance, medical care and unemployment insurance.
America (much the follower of tyrannical gimmicks that are introduced overseas) would jump on the welfare state wagon slightly later.
And now, many years later, we're all trying to tread water in the U.S.'s welfare ocean. The mentality has sunk so low that if you're against government giving out free contraceptives, you must be some kind of barbarian.
Yes, when it comes to government handouts, Americans are now all-in.
So where does Obama stack up in the Bismarckian/Lincolnian paradigm?
Does he getting a passing grade?
You bet he does!
First, when it comes to the Total State, here's Obama:
“You know, we have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other...And I will do everything I can, as long as I am president of the United States, to remind the American people that we are one nation, under God. And we may call that God different names, but we remain one nation.”In other words, the crazy people in Texas, who are talking about secession, better wise up. We're one nation, whether you like it or not...so suck it up.
What about the Welfare State?
Here what the pioneer Bismarck had to say:
“Life-insurance, accident insurance, sickness insurance should not be the subjects of private speculation. They should be carried out by the state or at least insurance should be on the mutual principle and no dividends or profits should be derived by private persons.”Sound familiar?
Both Bismarck and Lincoln would be extremely proud.