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Monday, January 21, 2013

Obama's Inaugural: A Sanitized Leftist Agenda That Ignores the 16.468T Debt Gorilla

The biggest surprises of Barack Obama’s second inaugural address were its brevity and absence of personal pronouns. Delivered with passion, Obama presented his leftist agenda embellished by feel-good  words like patriotism, constitution, brave soldiers, and America the greatest country on earth. He interjected some lip
service to risk taking and individual achievement in passing, but his main message never swerved from the fact that we need bigger and more invasive government.

Obama’s soothing code words, assertions, propositions, and contradictions probably flew by an audience that went away thinking: Who could object to what he said?”

I required a careful reading of the speech transcript to piece together his liberal agenda of communal action, universal positive rights, redistribution, equal rights, and anti-business sentiment. His address lays out a blunt in-your-face, take-no-prisoners program that half the American people reject. And that is a problem.
As with health care, Obama urges that his agenda be enacted with great urgency: “Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.” The obstacles are great. The community-organized voices of the people must overcome the resistance of those on the other side of the aisle who “mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” The President and the people “have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

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