Barack Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address perfectly reflected his view of America, and presented a stark contrast between the rhetoric and the reality. The rhetoric was all about our need to work “together,” a word that he used seven times, while he revealed the reality in passages such as this one:
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; (emphasis mine) just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
Stonewall? Seriously? That reference is not exactly common knowledge to the average American. I would be surprised if one in 100 people in most American towns and villages know what he was talking about. That doesn’t matter, Bitter Clinger. He wasn’t talking to you. He was talking to one of his mascot groups, in this case militant homosexuals, for whom a riot at a New York City bar marks the beginning of the “movement.”
That’s how Barack Obama and his fellow lefties view their fellow citizens, as a collection of “movements,” of people still oppressed in racist, sexist Amerika, and struggling to become “free” by taking other people’s stuff. They slice and dice the electorate into groups, and then try to figure out how much they need to steal from productive citizens to buy the votes of each constituency.
This speech was an in-your-face, full-throated, unabashed defense of his vision of a “remade” America, one in which an enormous, all-powerful federal government redistributes income, and tries to redress the justifiable grievances of every identity politics group into which he can divide us.
How else to account for passages like the following:
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
As if, as in, as if we don’t have equal pay laws in this country. The “equal pay for equal work” that feminists demand has been the law of the land since 1963, and the frequently cited statistic that “women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn” is bogus. Citing those “waiting for hours to exercise the right to vote” conveniently leaves out any mention of his (In)Justice Department’s failure to protect the voting rights of white voters outside that polling place in Philadelphia. Not that the facts matter to the low-information cohort that swoons and slobbers whenever Barack Obama reads anything from his PrompTer. It’s not about reality. It’s about ginning up enthusiasm to “remake” America, remember? The ends justify the means.
He also dredged up some of the rhetoric from the campaign about the “middle class,” and referenced the “takers,” a word that its clear he does not appreciate when applied to recipients of government largess. His obvious displeasure with the use of this very accurate description for many of his supporters demonstrates just how spot on it is.
He also tried to run one of the favorite plays in the left-wing playbook; that is, pretending that we shouldn’t “bicker” about the role of government, but rather seek “solutions” and “do something.” In other words, we should just submit, and pay, of course, like good little subjects.
Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.
Liberals, you should be very pleased with this speech. The other eighty percent of the country should be inspired to pray.
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