Unmasking of a president
by Sam Hanna, Jr. - posted Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:28 pm
If Barack Obama hoped to use his inaugural address Monday to solidify his standing in the eyes of the Left, he did a pretty darn good job of it.
Having officially taken the oath of office in private on Sunday to become the 45th president of the United States, it was all glitz and glamour Monday at the public inauguration in Washington where one million people reportedly were in attendance. If you tuned in to watch the inauguration on CNN or MSNBC or ABC or CBS or NBC, which I did, you would have thought the Messiah had arrived.
With the nation swimming in a sea of red ink to the tune of $16.4 trillion and counting, with Social Security and Medicare headed toward insolvency, with the government at the end of its rope in borrowing money to pay its bills, with more than $2.6 trillion in new taxes on the backs of the American people these days, with five million more Americans out of work today compared to four years ago, with the unemployment rate hovering between seven and eight percent, with 100 million Americans on some sort of welfare, you would have thought Obama would have seized the opportunity to talk about the sacrifices all of us must make to salvage the Republic. He didn't.
Instead, Obama unmasked himself and showed the world he's a true liberal. Through and through. No illusions of a centrist in his second term.
"For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future. Or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores."
In other words, Obama said the American people can accomplish nothing unless the government partners with them.
"We, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it
.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."
On this point, Obama acknowledged that he intends to take from those who work hard for a living and redistribute their earnings to those who don't. He also acknowledged that he has no plans to pursue entitlement reform to save Social Security and Medicare for future generations. He would rather kick the can down the road, so to speak, for someone else to tackle. After he's long gone from office, of course.
"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition."
In those remarks, Obama told us he will continue to make it difficult for the oil and gas industry to provide a stable source of energy for the country to consume and more taxpayer dollars will be poured into so-called "green" endeavors. Solyndra be damned.
There was more to Obama's speech, including an acknowledgment to black Americans who put their lives on the line for equality. It was especially fitting since Monday marked the Rev. Martin Luther King holiday.
There's no denying that King was a credit to his race, and he lost his life at the height of the civil rights movement, doing what he did best championing the cause. But Obama besmirched King's legacy by comparing King's work to the 1969 Stonewall riots staged by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
"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."
It should not have come as a surprise that Obama played on the emotions surrounding the King holiday, and it wasn't a surprise that he dragged LGBTs into the mix. After all, minorities and LGBTs represent the core base of support for the Democratic Party these days.
But if anything, Obama's inaugural address was all political. And it fell far short of offering a vision for the American people to pursue.
Sam Hanna, Jr. is publisher of The Ouachita Citizen, and he serves in an editorial/management capacity with The Concordia Sentinel and The Franklin Sun, three newspapers owned and operated by the Hanna family. Hanna can be reached by calling (318) 805-8158 or by emailing him at email@example.com.