Regarding "Obama celebrates with Rutgers" (Page A1, May 16):
President Obama's commencement speech at Rutgers reveals his ignorance both as a historian and a former professor of constitutional law. America did not make progress because of "democracy". America's strength lies in its founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, namely, America was "conceived in liberty", and the protections guaranteed to the people found in the Bill of Rights.
The American people's incredible accomplishments over the past 230 years are due to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. When the federal government deviated from these fundamental truths, namely that freedom and liberty are indispensable to prosperity and social harmony, inevitably economic stagnation or worse, a depression, occurred.
And when presidents did not heed the wise words of our founders to avoid entangling alliances and going overseas "to destroy monsters", America has intervened militarily around the world causing death and destruction to peoples who were no threat to us.
To the class of 2016 the evidence is overwhelming: collectivism, militarism, money printing, massive debts and entangling alliances are undermining your future. America will have a brighter future if presidents embrace a truly humanitarian vision for our country; respect for individual rights at home and peaceful relations with all peoples around the world.
Until that vision is implemented more economic and foreign policy crises will occur, because our progress is jeopardized by the utopian ideas of the collectivists who run the federal government.