Marion Algier – AskMarion
Jonah Goldberg: “So: To sum up: ‘Our journey is not complete until we enact the entire Democratic platform from 2012 convention. How unifying’.”
As Brit Hume said, Obama’s second inaugural speech was more of a combination of a State of the Union speech and an acceptance speech for the nomination of the Democratic Party. There was no real call for unity nor an outreach by President Obama to the GOP and Americans on the right, but rather an affirmation that Obama intended to fulfill everything that he promised to the left. It was exactly the promise and action expected by those who follow history, those who have followed Obama’s rise and politics and those who understand who and what is truly behind that rise and his politics. It helps explain CBS News’ Political Director Saying: Obama Must ‘Destroy’ Republican Party
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 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 government alone.
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 his 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 state.
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.
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 American people.
It was a declaration of political war on individual liberty. It was a wasted opportunity–and a warning.
BHO’s 2nd Inaugural speech reinforces what many have feared, Obama’s Campaign Arm to Live On… Campaign Team to Morph Into Non-Profit, Obama For America, Propaganda Arm) Promoting Gun Control (confiscation), Immigration Reform, etc… that will utilize the same tactics they did during the election to promote their agenda at any cost and by any means necessary. BTW Obama’s campaign is "transforming" into a 501c4, an advocacy group. And that’s right, ‘Obama For America’ will PAY NO TAXES…
Interesting… One of the Inaugural sponsors of co-sponsor of Politico’s Inaugural coverage is Bank of America, B of A, who opposes your Second Amendment rights: http://wp.me/p2D8CW-dI