Tomorrow’s official inauguration of President Obama for his second term will be followed Monday by a $100,000,000 publicly funded party for a President elected by vilifying wealth. Highlighting the public portion of the festivities will be the President’s inaugural address. In contrast to past great inaugural addresses calling for national unity and selfless sacrifice, Obama’s theme has been selfishness and government dependence.
There have been several notable inaugural addresses including Lincoln’s second in 1865 which concluded with:
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. (Lincoln’s second inaugural)
Given the backdrop of a nation torn by civil war and with many wanting retribution for the bloodshed, Lincoln’s words of healing and peace was in clear contrast.
The best known phrase from any inaugural was delivered by John F. Kennedy when he said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” This phrase inspired a generation to pitch in, to do their fair share and spawned service related organizations like the Peace Corps and lifted a country from the malaise caused by friction over the years of censorship in the form of McCarthyism.
The contrast between liberal Kennedy’s selfless address asking for self-sacrifice and contribution from all is in stark contrast to the selfish and entitlement campaign just run by President Obama who has flipped the Kennedy speech “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.” President Obama talks about creating a generation of those dependent on the government as a positive thing. Expanded government is desirable in Obama’s world while a diminishing private sector which is, and always has been, the engine that drives America “is doing just fine.”
I will listen to his speech given in lavish surroundings paid for by tax payers and hear him demonize the economic engine that made his alternative universe possible. I will watch as he demonizes the wealthy while surrounded by Hollywood elite with more money and income than 99.999% of the country. I will suffer through his articulate but meaningless words as he promises to continue to destroy our private economy while imposing “wealth distribution” on those that have worked for everything that they have earned.
I hoped that the rough election would humble Obama much like Clinton who moved to the middle and had a productive second term. That hope was quickly dashed as Obama instantly became even more arrogant and less willing to work with Republicans after the re-election. He has refused to even seriously consider cutting spending despite vast public support and continued threats from the ratings industry. Obama is showing no indication that he is willing to work with anyone but instead to try to continue to force his agenda down the throats of an unwilling public.
I will listen Monday, but I have no hopes to hear anything inspiration or encouraging.