“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
While I agree with Mrs. Roosevelt on her basic premise…..politicians do not have the luxury of remaining silent through their campaign…..or in the case of President Obama….in his inaugural address. Anyone who has paid any attention over the last four years should be well aware of President Obama’s “philosophy”. For those who have been less then attentive…let’s take a look at some of the words used by President Obama in his inaugural address earlier this week. Perhaps it will shed some light on his future “choices”.
My ears perked up not more than a couple of minutes into his speech when he said:
“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.”
Of course many Presidents have faced new challenges throughout history but they have always been required to work within the boundaries required in the Constitution. We can argue the founding fathers intention on “principals” till we are blue in the face….but the powers bestowed to the executive branch are clearly laid out in the Constitution. Any so called “new responses” must fall within these boundaries regardless of the challenges. Is he laying the framework for a venture beyond these boundaries?
Even more troubling was the statement “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action”. My first question is…..who exactly is threatening our individual freedoms? Apart from the unlikely possibility of a foreign superpower taking over our country…the only force capable of jeopardizing our freedoms is the actions of our own government! And who exactly is the “collective” that must act? If it is our elected representatives in Congress…why doesn’t he say this? In fact….the only “collective” that has any power to act….IS our elected representatives in Congress.
Of course he goes on to explain that a single individual is incapable of certain accomplishments and only the collective can move our country forward. “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” Obama said. You may remember he said the same thing on the campaign trial when he made the infamous quip….”you didn’t build that!”
President Obama seems confused and unable to distinguish between “individual rights” and “individual ability”. According to Ayn Rand…. “the only proper, moral purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights.” As far as ability goes….free men may pursue their own personal interests and make their own private fortunes…..to the best of their abilities. Government should have no role in this.
So once again we obtain a glimpse into President Obama’s real philosophy…Collectivism. What his speech really translates to is embodied in the following quote but I doubt it would have played too well in his inaugural remarks: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Sadly…he seems prepared to “redefine” our founder’s principals in order to move us closer to his vision of a collective society.
President Obama confusion with the proper role of government is once again evident in his closing remarks when he says:
“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 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.”
It’s no secret Obama has his own progressive view regarding the role of the federal government. Sadly…he envisions a world which makes people dependent on government and forces individuals on a pre-determined path to his version of happiness. And if words mean anything at all…..don’t we have to agree on definitions? We may disagree on how best to achieve liberty….but shouldn’t we all agree on what liberty is?
It’s interesting that President Obama used words from the Declaration of Independence yet said nothing about the Constitution. Just minutes before he made this speech….he pledged to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States (perhaps they should add the phrase “adhere to” in the future?). There was nothing in his oath regarding the “Declaration of Independence”.
Historically….inaugural addresses usually embody ideals such as freedom, democracy and liberty in order to appeal to all Americans…regardless of who they voted for. Instead…President Obama twisted these ideals in a polarizing and partisan description of his liberal agenda for the next four years. If Republican’s felt the sting of his words on Monday….they should be prepared for the upcoming State of the Union address. I would recommend Kevlar long johns and a pair of good ear plugs because it isn’t going to be pretty.
This is John Galt Speaking!