I’m not the only one to notice that Barack Obama’s speeches tend to begin

first by referencing the ideals of the Founders, then after having imitated the soaring rhetoric of past American luminaries, changing the focus to make it sound as if the next step for American liberty is to become a socialized nanny state. (Emphasis added.)

In a piece called “Obama’s Declaration: Suppose the president were candid in his use of the Founders,” National Review carries Obama’s tendency to couch “his entire statist agenda in the language of the Founding” to its logical conclusion.

Similar to what I said about the president’s vocal support for free markets (though he clearly means none of it), the fact that he has to dress his crippling statism in the language of freedom is an implicit acknowledgment that Americans still believe in their foundational liberties.