His speeches are inspirational, he's given "hope" that he's going to bring about "change." He really wants to help everyone. Obama will preside over an administration that will make everything "fair." Hmmm, let's skip vacuous platitudes and get to some meaty postulates.
I found this quote by Thomas Jefferson:
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. "
I think I had actually heard that one and this one from Abraham Lincoln on the radio the other day:
"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
And not to put too fine a point on it, but someone over at the National Review found a great quote from the preeminently sagacious C.S. Lewis:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."