video via Politico
President Obama’s Inaugural speech today was a Progressive manifesto. He swore allegiance to the Constitution which he sees as “living” and not based on God or absolute inalienable rights, but rather as one that must be made relative to the circumstances.
He took potshots at Republicans.
He spoke of the importance of gay rights.
He disingenuously said that he rejected the idea of cutting spending and shortchanging people who built this country. He said we are not a nation of takers, subtly slamming his opponents. [No one is saying to do that but his soundbite will resound with the American people]
President Obama praised the enduring strength of our Constitution but didn’t mention his allegiance to his own rules, regulations, and executive orders.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
It felt a little like Gettysburg, only we are now preparing to fight a Civil War between political parties.
The liberals have claimed Lincoln as their own and are now trying to say Lincoln was a liberal and the Republican Party at that time was the party of liberals. Next they’ll be claiming the KKK wasn’t comprised of all Democrats or that they were really conservative. Actually, I’m sure they have said that already.
President Obama said:
“…For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.”
This from our Imperial President!
When he didn’t sound like Abraham Lincoln, he sounded like Martin Luther King. He did use both Lincoln’s and King’s bibles to swear his allegiance.
He brought up slavery and said we are moving forward together. He portrayed himself as a civil rights leader.
He talked about the free market and competition as if he supports it.
Then he got to the point, “…that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action…” He believes in the collective.
He said that “an economic recovery has begun,” but didn’t say how the economy was going to move forward.
President Obama believes individual freedom must be based on a social justice philosophy:
“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”
Most paragraphs in his speech were prefaced with the phrase, “we the people” but he means “we the collective.”
President Obama is a serious Progressive who will continue to transform the country. .
He wants more “investments,” climate change (nationalize energy perhaps?), gun control, nationalized education, social justice, wealth redistribution, and peace but not with Republicans.
What I did like were his comments about our military:
“Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. (Applause.) Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm…”
He also said he takes the same oath of office they take.
His leftist philosophy was clearer still when he said, “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle…”
Absolutism – God or the idea of God – is the premise on which the principles of our Constitution were founded. Our Constitution guarantees certain inalienable rights only under the premise that they are absolutes.
A liberal constitution will abandon the Second Amendment and limit free speech as two examples of what a relative, living constitution might look like.
The invocation at today’s inauguration was given by Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, 79, a civil rights activist and widow of the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Her invocation at one point mentioned the “Almighty,” but she left out “Under God” in quoting the Pledge of Allegiance. That wasn’t by chance. It is part of our transformation.
God is out, relativism is in.
There is no question President Obama can give a good speech and whoever wrote today’s speech spelled out an eloquently-worded Progressive agenda, an agenda which was somewhat obfuscated by an appeal to helping the needy which was worthy of Marx who famously said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
I will say on a positive note that the President and his family looked happy. The children are adorable. His wife looked pretty. Other than that, the only other positive thing I can say is that Beyonce did a nice job of singing the Star Spangled Banner:
I wish that I could be happy and enjoy today’s coronation but I don’t like Marxist philosophy.
At least his speech was short by his standards.
Earlier today President Barack Obama’s communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, told the Washington Post that our political system isn’t “worthy” of Obama and the opportunity he is presenting.
“There’s a moment of opportunity now that’s important,” Pfeiffer tells the paper. “What’s frustrating is that we don’t have a political system or an opposition party worthy of the opportunity.”
I think Mr. Pfeiffer pretty much summed up Obama’s feelings towards his opposition and the idea of compromise. It’s Obama’s way or the highway and they can’t understand how anyone could disagree. What can I say, I am just unworthy.