With the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, his speech was impressive – even Reaganesque. He began by citing the Declaration of Independence – always a safe bet and very conservative sounding.
Who said this, Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama?
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 government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.
Of course that was Barack Obama. His inaugural speech is an interesting mix of traditional values mingled with utopian comments about how the world should be. Listen to this,
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.
Surely every American deserves a “measure of security and dignity.” But when he says, “we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit,” Obama actually means “you” not “we.”
He’s already made those choices and those choices look a lot like socialized medicine and never-ending deficits. Furthermore, because of fiscal constraints, we must choose budget priorities and that does mean pitting the elderly against the rising generation – unless you’re Obama, who really doesn’t see any fiscal constraint on anything.
Here’s another insight into his thinking – listen to this transition:
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. [OK, so what is he talking about? Education? Peace? Prosperity? Nope, listen.] We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.
Isn’t it peculiar that Obama can see global warming as a threat to future generations but not a national debt spent on the here-and-now but paid for by generations to come? Our Founding Fathers invoked God’s name in defense of self-evident truths. Barack Obama invokes God’s name to “preserve the planet” environmentally. Evidently, this is what he means when he says, “fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges” and that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” In other words, you can’t be free individually until government solves global warming. Which makes me wonder what he means when he says, “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.” All I can think is that Obama means that every American is “made” to be enlisted in his endless utopian dream and that, when he says “seize,” he means your guns.
Speaking of equality, he invokes the progressive icons of “Seneca Falls, and Selma and Stonewall” – meaning the birthplaces of modern feminism, race relations and homosexual rights. He easily blends in his mind the idea that feminism and homosexual rights are the same as civil rights for African-Americans.
Obama is a utopian dreamer of the worst sort – a man who conflates our Founding Fathers with progressivism’s extreme political agenda. That’s just dangerous for a free society.
For Sutherland Institute, I’m Paul Mero. Thanks for listening.