Or at least that’s what Barack Obama seems to think. His new campaign gimmick, The Life of Julia follows a fictional girl from age three to age 67; describing how every aspect of her life is improved by the government as she reaches different ages. These range from pre-kindergarten head start programs at age three to surgery at age 22 that is covered by the girls health insurance because of the Obama healthcare bill.
The site, which currently has a little over 40,000 likes on Facebook seems to be the Obama campaign’s attempt at securing the woman vote in the upcoming election. And I’m sure a lot of women feel good knowing they’re protected and looked after under Obama. But I think we need to all ask ourselves what this site is saying about women.
The site has come under a lot of heat from Republican politicians who criticize the site as being creepy and a reminder of 1984’s big brother to Paul Ryan saying “It suggests that this woman can’t go anywhere in life without Barack Obama’s government-centered society. It’s kind of demeaning to her. She must have him and his big government to depend on to go anywhere in life. It doesn’t say much about his faith in Julia.”
The quote by Ryan in essence sums up what I felt while working my way through the site. It seemed to be suggesting that without the government, Julia would not be able to make it in life. I wholeheartedly agree that women and men should be treated as equals, but woman or man, no one should rely on the government the way that Julia did. It is simply not American.
This is the problem with America. We rely on the government far too much. The government has become so big that we expect it to handle certain aspects of our life for us. This might be alright if the government was able to run these aspects efficiently or even at all. Instead, the government runs up trillions of dollars of debt while junking up our lives with tons of bureaucracy.
What ever happened to pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and making it on our own. Whatever happened to “I am woman, hear me roar!” or the “We can do it” poster of the woman rolling up her sleeves ready to handle whatever task comes her way.
The slogans aren’t “I am woman, help me government” or “We can do it, with the government’s help”. Those would be ridiculous and so is The Life of Julia for suggesting that women need the government in order to survive in life. Women, and all of us for that matter, are better off without the government attempting to watch over us. We can look out for ourselves, we’re Americans after all.