Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama's Second Inauguration-Part I:Collectivism vs Individualism

Obama raised his right hand and placed his left on Bibles once owned by
Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln and swear the oath of office. 

Yesterday Obama was inaugurated for his second term and had this to say:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Yeah we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with these rights: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness....words that Obama seems to think give him the authority to control and limit how much happiness we can pursue if we are wealthy he wants to put limits on how much we can earn by taxing the successful and degrading them for their success with statements like we heard during the 2012 campaign: "you didn't build that", implying that those who are successful didn't achieve success on their own because it took someone to educate you, giving full credit to government controlled schools as the reason for our knowledge and success while ignoring that it takes individual motivation and desire to achieve that success. If we don't apply ourselves and motivate ourselves to do better and to seek inspiration we do not become successful nor innovative.

Therefore, the pursuit of happiness is up to the individual, not a collective of others, but up to our individual ability to pursue success and achieve success and happiness. Those who don't apply themselves will not achieve the same happiness and success as others and therefore will not make as much money as those Obama likes to demonize as the 'wealthy' who should pay their 'fair share'. 

As far as respecting our 'unalienable rights to life and liberty', Obama denies thousands of unborn human beings the freedom and protection they deserve to live, while fighting to keep funding for Planned Parenthood, one of the largest abortion clinics in the country. He'd rather protect a woman's right to 'choose' to hire someone to kill her baby in legalized abortion, or as I call it government sanctioned murder of innocent human life, while they lie to her and tell her that her unborn child is just a 'blob of cells' and not yet a human being growing inside of her. This lie has led thousands of woman to abort over 55 Million babies in America since Roe V Wade was made legal 40 years ago in the guise of a woman's right to privacy and 'reproductive choice.'

Obama went on to say:
Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.
For more than two hundred years, we have.
Here Obama seems to think it is up to him [or government] to determine what our Founders meant by the words that we are 'endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among  these Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' However, as most Americans believe, these are rights that are not limited and not to be restricted by government that is why they are 'endowed by our Creator'. They are God given rights, not man made rights and not rights the government should have a right to restrict or limit. While we are given free will, the government does make many laws that restrict us from harming others, such as murder, but anything that doesn't harm another person and deny them the right to life, liberty and happiness should not be restricted.
Therefore, we have a right to life, that allows us to protect our life through the 2nd amendment, which shall not be infringed upon. While we don't have the right to arm ourselves to intentionally harm others, we have the right to arm ourselves to protect ourselves from harm either from a criminal, insane person or from a tyrannical government. Our forefathers fought to preserve these rights and freedoms from the tyranny of King George, and gave us a Constitutional Republic for this reason and NOT a Democracy in which mob rules. Yet, Obama seems to think because 53% of the country re-elected him, he and his party have the authority to bypass Congress, or our laws when they want to push their agenda or ignore certain laws.
Additionally, there is nowhere in the Constitution that says that our 2nd amendment right should be restricted to a certain type of weapon or the number of weapons we can own. Although it has been recognized among a civil society that the average citizen does not have the right to weapons of mass destruction such as: military grade weapons from nuclear weapons, to tanks and bombs or rocket launchers, etc., which are only to be used by the government in the role of protecting the country and our individual right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The main role of our government, which is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy ruled by mob, is the protection of the citizens of the United States including the land and our sovereignty. This is the primary reason we have a volunteer military, which our leaders are entitled to fund and equip with the necessary arms and defenses required to defend against an enemy. However, Obama seems to think if we give up our weapons and reduce our military, weakening our defenses, will somehow make our enemies respect us and leave us alone. This is foolish thinking and naive, or just plain deceptive and does not act in the best interest of our safety nor our country. In addition, it is not upholding the oath he took to the Constitution which says he will protect and defend the Constitution.
Further down, Obama says:
Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. 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. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
Collectivism vs Individualism: 
This section of his speech, implies once again that without government we are unable to provide for ourselves to create a thriving economy that offers roads, commerce and schools or education, ignoring the fact that our individualism and will to succeed and thrive is what allowed the United States to prosper and thrive to begin with. Many Americans prospered before the Great Depression in what was called the 'Roaring Twenties',despite this and the government's growing role of taxation. While the cause of the Great Depression is debatable, most understand that private industry, manufacturing and individual hard work is what helped us to get out of the Great Depression, due to World War II, which required more production to keep up with the demands of the military and allowed us to succeed against Nazism and the spread of Communism. 

Obama also implies that as times have changed we must respond 'collectively', while somehow preserving our individual freedoms. While I'm not exactly sure what he is trying to say here, I believe he is implying that without Big Government[more taxation, government intervention and social programs,etc] providing for our military, the most vulnerable and our education and infrastructure we can not prosper and achieve the founding principles of life, liberty and happiness. 

Once again Obama ignores the fact that it is because of Big Government that up to 3,000 vulnerable&innocent human beings per day are denied their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He also implies that without more government rules and regulations the free market can not succeed, which is completely opposite of the truth. We have greater prosperity and economic growth the less Big Government tries to restrict our rights, regulate business and the free market and tax industries.

This is one of the reasons we have not been able to prosper and thrive under Obama's leadership the past four years, because under his policies the wealthy, corporations and those who produce are burdened with more regulations, taxes and restrictions in order to 'redistribute' prosperity to those who fail to work hard, prosper and pursue happiness on their own and achieve their full potential.

Later in the speech Obama says:
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. 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. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
Class Warfare and Taxation: 
In the above portion, Obama continues his campaign speech rhetoric which attacks the 'rich', and condemns those who succeed and prosper through their own dedication, efforts and abilities. Some may be born into wealth, while some work hard to achieve that wealth and success. It is not the governments job to decide who should succeed and who shouldn't and it's not up to the government to punish those who earn more than those who 'barely make it'.

Charity must come from the heart, not by force or through taxation forced upon people through the government. Americans and those immigrants that come to America understand that achieving the "American Dream" is not something the government is supposed to give to us through entitlements or taking from 'the rich' and successful, but through individual hard work and dedication. It takes a charitable and prosperous people to provide for others, but not at the force of government and at the ridicule of those who don't work hard and achieve their own success. We all have an equal opportunity to achieve those goals and capture the "American Dream".

Not everyone will be wealthy, geniuses, CEO's or Doctors and Lawyers but we all have our own individual abilities and dreams which we must achieve on our own. We can not expect our government to provide us prosperity and give us that which we can provide for ourselves, especially those who are physically and mentally capable and able to earn it on their own.

While I, like most Americans understand, we should take care of the most vulnerable, those who can not provide for themselves, such as children, the disabled and elderly, we are not expected to provide for those who are unwilling to work, thrive and pursue their own happiness. Freedom is not about taking from those who work hard and achieve prosperity, or as Obama said, the 'lucky' and 'happiness for the few', but about the freedom to do our own will, make life decisions that will keep us on the right path to prosperity and success. Those who are born into poverty are not expected to stay in poverty, as many successful people who have overcome poverty have proven, such as: Oprah Winfrey and too many others to list.  Those who choose to remain in poverty lack the perseverance, dedication and motivation to achieve higher, often because they become dependent on the Government welfare system.

While Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have become embedded in our society, the government has failed to sustain them, leaving us with unsustainable debt and the inability to fund them. Unless and until the government learns to 'live within their means', like we must do as individuals and families, we must reform these programs through giving future generations the option to privatize their retirement income and stop letting the government take from funds that were not meant to be used for the government debt or governments spending policies, but were meant to be saved for those who worked hard to contribute to these programs and paid their income taxes into.

These programs do not make us a 'nation of takers', as Obama said, but they take away from our individual responsibility and freedom to save for ourselves and put a burden on future generations to sustain. I would not consider that freedom. Freedom to take risks should be an individual choice and right, not one that the government should force upon us. While some will make poor financial decisions and won't save for a 'rainy day' and think they need Big Government to do it for them, they should let each individual have a choice. Let future generations decide if they want to continue to contribute to these 'collective' programs or privatize their earnings in retirement funds like 401-K's which limits the government from taking and spending and allows the individual to control their own retirement, future and wealth.

Because his speech was full of so much rhetoric, I have broken this post down into several parts. 

Check back for 
Part II- Foreign Policy and Appeasement and 
Part III-Immorality and Morality, Religious Liberty and Americanism 

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