Inauguration AD 2009
23 January AD 2009
Barack Obama's inaugural speech was well written and, though I was unable to listen, I know that it was well delivered—Mr. Obama is nothing if not an engaging speaker. In the manner of a good general-manager, he mentioned the major problems facing Americans. But, not surprisingly, he left out the most important civil problem of all—the lack of legal protection of human beings from their conception until their natural death—the protection granted to them under the fifth and fourteenth amendments to our Constitution, to be safe from deprivation of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law determined by the jury trial guaranteed by amendment seven. Unless, unlikely as it seems, Mr. Obama meant to include the very young and the disabled in his reaffirmation of “that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness” [emphasis supplied]. Likewise there was no mention of restoring the first, second, and fourth amendment rights which have become so worn down in recent years; the free exercise of religion, the freedom of speech and assembly, the freedom to protect one's self from harm, the right of .people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects. May Mr. Obama's own words be prophetic:
Yet, Mr. Obama did say some good things. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and I would question Obama's ideas about what Jefferson called “entangling alliances”—I would like to believe that Obama is referring to ad hoc alliances in the paragraph below, which says a lot that is good [emphasis mine]:
While Islam is an historic enemy of Christianity, no honest man can say that in recent years Muslims have sinned against their neighbors more than they have been sinned against by their neighbors: Mr. Obama's words to the Muslim world should have been directed to the entire world:
Since most of the address is directed toward an undoubted increase in the size of government, Obama at least gives lip service to the reality that material prosperity and freedom is achieved only through work and productivity, often at personal risk and instead of more pleasant alternatives:
Nonetheless, in spite of the good things, there is a distinct aroma of socialism permeating the inaugural address. Obama assumes, like many of his predecessors, that the role of the federal government is all encompassing. Quite incorrectly he states that “we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents”—the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of our Constitution would not recognize these United States if they were to return. What Obama describes as “a most sacred oath” has become the act of perjury by which modern Presidents take office—moments before they give an address explaining how they propose to violate that “most sacred oath” to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
In his address, Mr. Obama used the word “we” some sixty times. “What do you mean 'we' Kimosabe?” Do you mean the American people, or do you mean the government? God forbid anyone begins to think that the two are one in the same thing! Inheriting a Bush-Clinton-Bush mess—really, one that goes back at least to Wilson—Mr. Obama proposes to emulate Franklin Roosevelt who inherited the Wilson-Harding-Coolidge-Hoover mess. An economic disaster caused by debased money, war, and government interference is to be resolved Roosevelt style, with more of the same. One and all should remember that the Great Depression was prolonged for ten years, and ended only in a disastrous war—ended only after men who had gotten used to shooting at socialists returned home in large numbers:
With the war against Iraq now seeming to wind down, we must move it to Afghanistan! The British fought three wars there, ranging from disastrous to questionably profitable. The mighty Soviet Union eventually tired of having the Mujahideen ship its soldiers home in body bags. Although largely distracted by activities in Iraq, according to CNN, in Afghanistan, "There have been 1,052 coalition deaths -- 636 Americans... of January 23, 2009, according to a CNN count.... At least 2,664 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon."
The “specter of a warming planet”! — “We'll restore science to its rightful place” It is difficult to think of any area in which socialism has debased science more than in the area of “global warming.” Unless, perhaps, in the area of “evolution.” The earth has experienced fluctuations in climate throughout human memory; the periods have been short and long, warm and cool. Modern science has been able to detect global warming on Mars, which is devoid of SUVs and power plants, if not of life itself. It is the height of hubris to think that man contribute much of anything to cool or warm the planet—but a governmental hubris that could certainly destroy man and his society if allowed to control the processes which make civilization possible.
The questions I proposed for the Presidential Debates are still pretty much in order for the incoming administration:
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