Here is my third and final post in response to Obama's Second Inauguration Speech. While many have written about it and shared similar views, here is my perspective of where Obama continues to stand on religious liberty, and defending immorality or opposing those who seek protection for their religious beliefs and morals.
Part III:In closing, Obama reiterated some of the same rhetoric he began with and campaigned on the past four years and during the Presidential campaign of 2008, invoking accusations of racism, inequality and homophobia and repeating his support for immigration reform/amnesty, same sex marriage and class warfare, he says:
For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
Immorality vs Morality and Religious Liberty:Obama emphasized his support for same sex marriage and homosexuality, while ignoring a long held tradition of protecting religious freedom which believes in marriage between one man and one woman, along with pay equality for women, even though his administration pays women less and his cabinet has less women. He also acts as if the US doesn't already have a process of supporting immigrants to the US, which we do,but he refuses to enforce the laws we already have to keep illegal immigration under control and preventing criminals and terrorists from entering our country, as well as the drug cartel, human traffickers and others.
He talks about providing opportunity for those who come here and our students ability to find jobs and prosper, while bypassing Congress allowing illegal immigrants to continue to reside here, putting an even greater strain on our economy, welfare system and education system. Until the illegal immigration problem is fixed, and we have greater border security to keep criminal elements out, any form of amnesty or immigration reform should not be considered, especially while so many Americans are suffering and out of work.
If we can't care for our own citizens, how are we going to care for those who come here seeking the "American Dream" as thousands of Americans are struggling, out of work and living on the streets or below poverty and on food-stamps??
Obama continues his speech with:
That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.
Americanism and Unalienable Rights:Obama seems to think our unalienable rights and values of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are something left to interpretation and something vague that can not be defined or agreed upon. However, nothing is further from the truth, our unalienable right to life is a gift we receive from our Creator, as a gift to our parents and our life is a gift to each of us. Life should not be taken nor denied any innocent human being, and the role of the US Government is to protect that right from harm, from death and from any possible tyranny that could deny us our God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Like Life, Liberty is not something Government gives us, it is something our Creator gives us, along with liberty, which enables us to have free will. Our decisions we make in life determine what direction we take in life. One thing I agree on, he is right that we will not all follow the same path to happiness. Some choose a life of crime, poverty, immorality, ignorance, greed, slothfulness, etc.
However, it is not up to the Government to 'collectively' tell us what direction to take in life, nor is it the role of the Government to provide for us and make those decisions. It is also not the role of the Government to control the means of production and distribution by redistributing wealth and suffocating private industry through taxation, regulation and inflation. We pursue our own happiness, nobody is expected to provide us happiness.
Happiness must be sought through our own deeds and interests. The Government can not tell us to give something to anyone else, such as our income or tax us more because someone else has chosen a life of crime, poverty or ignorance.
Yet, those who believe like Obama, think it is the role of Government to 'collectively' save us from ourselves and take care of us. They seek to grow government 'social' programs and entitlements, such as food-stamps and unemployment, creating a welfare system that ends up making more people dependents of the government and slaves to their policies. This then results in a vicious cycle of poverty and leads to a demographic of voters who will continually support these policies and those politicians who continue these policies, such as the Democratic party.
Instead of giving people incentive to work hard, become independently successful and prosperous the bigger government gets the more people tend to lose their incentive. The bad thing about this is the more people become dependent on the government, the more the government has to spend to 'take care' of everyone, the more they have to control and regulate or tax those who are prosperous.
Eventually, as has happened throughout history, socialism has led to failure, and once you run out of other people's money, everyone ends up equally poor. The final result leads to an economic collapse, and eventually communism and democide or genocide may follow, as the government tries to control the population to make it easier to provide for the few. The more government controls, the more they take away, the less incentive people have to succeed, and the less liberty we have. Finally, the more government controls the greater risk to our own lives they become and the less likely we will find happiness.
Obama then says:
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect....
Here Obama is asking us to join him in making him successful in his pursuit to grow the government, by supporting his policies such as: immigration reform, funding global warming/green energy programs, which are unsustainable, and same sex marriage, while denying the religious liberties of the majority. He also wants us to join him in contributing to the 'collective' so that every American, immigrant and individual can be happy and that we can all achieve some form of equality by redistributing the wealth of the successful allowing illegal immigrants citizenship and job opportunities, despite it hurting American citizens and weakening our economy.
Ultimately, he ignores the fact that the more government takes and controls, the less incentive people will have and the less productive they become. In the end, those who are successful become less motivated to succeed or they leave for other countries where taxes and regulations aren't as restrictive on economic growth and prosperity.
Obama concludes with this statement:
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service.Here he implies that the oath he took to defend and protect the Constitution is one that we as a group must help him keep. He says he took the oath to God and country and not to his party or an ideology, yet his entire speech reflected more of the same rhetoric and ideological beliefs we have seen from him throughout his first four years, which have led to more people on welfare, food-stamps and unemployment.
Barack Obama Inaugural Address 2013: full text and video
Obama has shown he is not willing to compromise on big issues, such as cutting spending and entitlements. Recently he even denied that we have a spending problem. He seems to think that rather than cutting spending and entitlements, we just need to raise taxes on the 'rich' and increase the debt ceiling so he can continue spending and borrowing from countries such as China.
In the meantime, our debt continues to rise, our economy continues to stagnate, and unemployment grows as more people stop looking for work and stop qualifying for unemployment, even after he extended it...all of which will eventually lead to economic collapse.
In the end, if we continue on this path he and his administration is taking us, our economy and the hopes of Americans, immigrants who come here seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the world will continue to diminish as we become more like Greece or even worse Venezuela or Cuba! Be aware, we are on a dangerous journey the next four years!
Obama's Second Inauguration-Part I:Collectivism vs Individualism
Obama's Second Inauguration-Part II:Foreign Policy and Appeasement
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