Skip to comments.Obama’s Wasted Opportunity
Posted on 01/29/2013 6:13:45 AM PST by Kaslin
For generations, presidents have used their inaugural address to unite the nation in aspiring to new heights of achievement. But earlier this week President Obama chose to deliver a harshly ideological, aggressively partisan speech more appropriate for the campaign trail than the solemn occasion of our nation's 57th inaugural address. Rather than bring all Americans together with a celebration of common ground, his address read like a liberal laundry list with global warming at the top.
Although President Obama was sworn in with his hand on Abraham Lincolns Bible, he did not echo the tone of unity for which Lincoln was so well known.
Lincolns second inaugural address is remembered as the quintessential example of using that moment before the entire nation to unite rather than divide. Lincoln offered malice toward none and charity for all, even though the nation was still embroiled in war. Even President Clinton, who went through a government shutdown, faced impeachment hearings and often decried Republicans, used his second inaugural address to try to unite with phrases like, We need a new government that is smaller, lives within its means, and does more with less.
Past presidents have understood that the inaugural address is a unique opportunity to uplift and inspire a divided nation but not this president.
President Obama chose to label those who oppose his big government policies as anti-science and unwilling to aid our nations most vulnerable citizens.
The President laid out his agenda in stark terms: more spending on the same failing big government programs, refusing to address the impending crisis in Medicare or Social Security, and an aggressive push for a global warming agenda that drives up energy prices and takes away more of our freedoms in the name of personal ideology. A common thread through his proposals was the requirement that government continue to get bigger and spend more.
Using almost Orwellian language he stated that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action, a phrase used to justify the continual expansion of government.
Demonstrating his ideology first approach, the president made no mention of the need to curb government overspending, despite the federal government spending over $1 trillion more than it has received for the past four years. Indeed, he actually reserved some of his most personal barbs for those who have the political courage to take on government overspending. These opponents of the president seek to cut spending while actually preserving the long-term solvency of vital programs, by reforming entitlements like Medicare and Social Security. But, in the president's world, those who wish to ensure that our seniors in need actually still have a Medicare that is not bankrupt are uncaring monsters.
Meanwhile, environmental extremists were singing hosannas over the president's haughty call for action on "extreme weather," the latest iteration of an ideological crusade that began as global warming before morphing to climate change. Either way, President Obama, after insulting his opponents as anti-science, used the unmatched platform of the inaugural address to call for new legislation. It appears on this initiative the president will seek to drive up the cost of gasoline for our automobiles and electricity for our homes and offices while taking away personal freedoms. Americans rejected cap-and-trade in 2010 and they will reject this latest "collective action" in the name of global warming.
Decades after John F. Kennedy's inaugural address his words still ring with grace across the generations, "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country."
This past Monday, President Obama reduced the momentous opportunity of a similar inaugural address to just another shrill, petty, small campaign speech. How sad.
Obama hasn’t wasted his life, he’s wasted America!
His afterlife experience won’t be as fun-filled, however.
He'll have a smoking hot afterlife I believe!
If the headline had stopped there, it would have succinctly summed up all that Bronco Bama has become or ever will be. Like an intoxicated person on a manic streak, he has torn through ever institution he has come in contact with, expressing the very minimum of judgment, very little of it good, in his disposal of time and capital, both financial and moral (if he ever had either), in his headlong rush to “fundamentally change” what was once known as “the United States of America”.
He has intentionally divided America on the basis of class, race and wealth, just and unjust alike. The aftermath of this stirring, and the selective rage he has incited, do not bode well for either his opponents or his erstwhile supporters, who find themselves worse off, after a mere four years, than they had been before.
And the next four years do not promise be get any better, buttercup. For now he claims to have a “mandate”. (Isn’t there something perverse in that very word as applied to Bronco Bama?)
Wasted. In every meaning of the word.
May he enjoy his 72 virgins. Or not.
“For generations, presidents have used their inaugural address to unite the nation in aspiring to new heights of achievement.”
Alas, our current chief executive only wishes - and that most fervently - to fragment the nation with envy and hatred, and then exploit that fragmentation in order to usher in his very own Great People’s Communist Revolution.
And he’s succeeding very well , too, thank you very much.
May he enjoy the mistranslation, and perhaps those 72 virgins are really virgin olives, well, don’t eat those 72 olives up too fast! Because they’re all you’ve got.