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2nd Inaugural Address; Obama
Declares War on Liberty as We Know It
by Joel B. Pollak,
(Jan 21, 2013)
"But we have
always understood that when times change, so must we; that
fidelity to our founding principles requires new
responses to new challenges; that
preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action."
-- President Barack Obama
Notice that Barack Obama doesn't
understand -- or doesn't want YOU to understand -- that PRINCIPLES, by
definition, do not change over time. That's why they're called
principles, like the Law of Identity, the Law of Cause and Effect, Do Unto
Others, the 10 Commandments, the laws of physics, etc. And namely, the
US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Therefore, preserving our
individual freedoms DOES NOT REQUIRE a change to "collective action" --
which is Obama's Marxist code word for state collectivism, better known as
Sounding the same themes of class warfare that propelled his re-election
campaign, President Barack Obama devoted his second inaugural address to
laying out his second term agenda: a struggle to undo the seeming injustices
of America's past, and to overcome the army of
straw men (Obama's and Karl Marx's continual fiction) that stand
in opposition to progress.
In the process, President
Obama attempted nothing less than an assault on the
timeless notion of liberty itself:
"Through it all, we
have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we
succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through
But we have always
understood that when times change, so must we; that
fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new
challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms
ultimately requires collective action."
After praising the
"collective" and mocking the notion that America is a "nation of takers,"
President Obama targeted the political opposition. He targeted those who
"deny" climate change, attacked those who allegedly refused to reward the
elderly for their contributions, and defied critics whom he said wanted
"perpetual war." He attacked the rich--as he has done so often over the past
four years--and painted a caricature of an unjust nation: "...our country
cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely
make it....We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for
the lucky, or happiness for the few."
President Obama's address
failed to deliver on promises earlier in the day by senior political adviser
David Axelrod that the speech would sound themes of national unity on a day
of national "consecration." Instead, the president sounded combative themes
familiar from his divisive first term, albeit wrapped occasionally in the
lofty rhetoric of "hope" and "tolerance," and punctuated by the repeated
refrain: "We, the People."
He acknowledged Americans
have diverse concepts of liberty, but insisted that these could all fit
together under the collective mission of the government to achieve its
redistributive aims. Days after describing Republicans as determined to hurt
the poor and elderly, he accused his opposition of intolerance: "We cannot
mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or
treat name-calling as reasoned debate."
The president cited Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is celebrated today, citing his "I
Have a Dream" speech, implying that when Dr. King told America that "our
individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on
earth," he was referring not to civil rights but to the mighty will of the
President Obama also spoke
out in favor of gay rights and immigration reform, acknowledging groups of
voters that were central to his re-election effort--yet for whom he did not
fulfill many of his first-term pledges. He touched on three historic
locations--"Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall"--critical to the history
of the women's rights movement, the civil rights movement, and the gay
rights movement, respectively.
Throughout his address, the
President maintained his voice in a near-shout. This was not an historic
address, a reflection on a moment in history; it was an exhortation to
political action, in contrast to the political reality of a divided
Washington, in defiance of the profound economic challenges still facing the
It was a declaration of
political war on individual liberty. It was a wasted opportunity--and a
warning. – FM
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