Obama inauguration speech: ‘We the people’ means 'government'

President Obama’s definition of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is foreign and every solution demands more government. Photo: ©2013 Brian Gratwicke, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Generic license

WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2013 — Our 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, gave a powerful, moving inaugural speech as he once again publicly assumed the reins of power. His soaring rhetoric drew upon values that America holds most sacred: freedom, God, and country.

And then he discarded them as out-of-date.

He deftly inserted this Orwellian paradox: “Fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

At the very time he elevated his audience with skillfully chosen rhetoric, Obama proclaimed his vision of a political system in which the government controls every aspect of people’s lives. He obviously plans to deliver the fundamental transformation of America he promised – this time without the constraints of reelection.

Obama suggested that the acts of a single person were as antiquated as muskets, and could not have defeated “the forces of fascism or communism” – both collective political systems. Instead he summoned America to adopt collectivism. He called for “new ideas,” saying our “means will change” to reward the “effort and determination” of every single American. Meanwhile, he held up Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – redistributive entitlements driving us all into bankruptcy – as things that “strengthen” America and “do not sap our initiative.”

Under Obama, our debt soared another $6 trillion in four years to $16 trillion. When he first ran for president, he called George W. Bush’s $4 trillion in added debt over four years “reckless,” “a failure of leadership,” and “irresponsible and unpatriotic.” 

 With the debt ceiling about to be breached again, Obama now says he refuses to negotiate with Congress on paying for the money “they” spent, although no budget was ever passed in his first administration.

Obama’s speech spoke of God and attempted to persuade us that his agenda was in keeping with our founders’ principals, yet in his public discourse he uses the term “freedom of worship” rather than (as the framers of our Constitution wrote) “freedom of religion.”

No wonder his administration argues in court, defending the HHS mandates that a citizen engaged in private enterprise has no right to practice religion in his business. No wonder his HHS mandates have sired over 35 lawsuits – including one by the Catholic Church – for violation of religious freedom.

Hearing “We, the people” oft repeated in the inaugural speech, a listener might not be blamed for believing that Obama was praising our forefathers and rededicating himself to “keep safe our founding creed.” But our founding creed does not recognize moral equivalency, as Obama now does, between the civil rights story of Selma and the Stonewall Inn, a New York bar repeatedly raided for drug deals and anonymous public homosexual acts that gay lore now paints as a “rebellion” and the “Rosa Parks moment” in gay history.

President Obama’s definition of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is foreign to the creed of our founding fathers. And every solution which he proposes demands more government.

Our reelected president is correct when he says that it is “our generation’s task to make … life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness real for every American.” That each of us has an “obligation to shape the debates of our time … with common effort and common purpose.”

So, with common effort and common purpose with my fellow citizens and fellow faithful, I shall keep fidelity with the God, not some government constructed politically correct caricature. I will pray to God when and where I wish, and practice my faith in public to the best I am able.

I will pray that this too shall pass but, if it does not, I still shall not yield to glittering words and fancy-sounding arguments. I will keep fidelity to the God that is the foundation of our forefathers, our nation, and our freedom.

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Paul E. Rondeau's research and writing on social issures has appeared in law journals, private publications, and  the popular press.  His work has been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations and by best-selling authors.  He serves as executive director at American Life League.  He can be contacted at prondeau@all.org.


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