Friday Digest â€” Vol. 09 No. 0323 January 2009
"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." --James Madison
Ushering in the error of Obama By Mark Alexander
The inauguration-ordination-coronation of Barack Obama on Tuesday was heralded by his fawning media as nothing less than a "messianic" revival, with endless inaugural balls and star-studded celebrations on either end.
Strange, but I seem to recall that the Leftmedia skewered George W. Bush for spending almost $40 million on his first inauguration, proclaiming the events to be "grotesque" and all about "excess."
But with deficit spending estimated to fly past the trillion-dollar mark in Obama's first year in office, not one of his media sycophants has questioned the cost of this week's events. Perhaps that is because it cost a mere $.00017 trillion, or about $1.25 million for each of the 130 tons of garbage his constituents dumped on the Mall.
All this was apparently not enough funding, however, to provide for his attendance at the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball, which has been attended by every president since its inception 56 years ago. The event, hosted by the American Legion, the Military Order of Purple Hearts, and Paralyzed Veterans for America, recognizes their service and was attended by 48 of the nation's 99 living Medal of Honor recipients. This is the 50th anniversary of the Medal of Honor Society.
Of course, it might be deemed indecorous to question the cost to inaugurate the first "African-American" president. (I hyphenated Obama's heritage because, unlike 99 percent of blacks in America who are native to this land, one of Obama's parents was actually African.)
Millions across the nation and around the world were watching as the climactic moment of the festivities arrived -- the part where Barack Hussein Obama interrupted Chief Justice John Roberts just four words into the oath, then choked as he vowed to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Who could have predicted that? (Justice Roberts administered the oath of office again, Tuesday evening, in the Oval Office. Reportedly, Obama waited for his cue the second time around.)
To put Obama's inaugural address into context, consider this proclamation at his kick-off celebration in Philadelphia: "What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives..." While he spells out his vision for that "new declaration" for our nation in his inaugural speech, I can only presume that his reference to "in our own lives" means rehab for those of us who are "bitterly clinging to guns and religion."
As a public service, we analyzed Obama's speech with The Patriot's proprietary Leftspeak decoder software, using it to translate his speech into Rightspeak so that our fellow Americans might more fully understand what he was saying. I selected a few excerpts from our analysis for your consideration.
BHO: "My fellow citizens," (Apostles and disciples of hope and change,)
"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord." (Disagree with me and you must be racist or ignorant, or both.)
"Our Founding Fathers ... drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man ... and we will not give them up for expedience's sake." (But we will overwrite them with judicial diktats until my rule is the rule of law.)
"What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them -- that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply." (Our founders are dead and so is their vision for our nation.)
"In the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things." (Disagree with me and you are in violation of Scripture.)
"We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth..." (Let's not offend anyone with the simple and undeniable truth that our national heritage rests on a Judeo-Christian foundation.)
"Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some..." (Blame our badly weakened economy on Wall Street greed and irresponsibility rather than Democrats in Congress.)
"The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act ... to lay a new foundation for growth." (Government growth...)
"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works." (More government growth...)
"Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill ... but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control." (We must not only grow the government, but also ensure that it regulates every aspect of the economy.)
"The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous." (Darwin had it right, except in regard to human nature and free market capitalism.)
"A new era of responsibility..." (An era in which the fiscally responsible will bear an ever-greater tax burden for those of us who are not...)
"Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights." (The crisis of confidence and propagation of fear was the staple of my campaign rhetoric, and it was largely responsible for my election.)
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America." (I will remake America into Amerika.)
"We will restore science to its rightful place." (Global warming hysteria is a great catalyst for expanding government control.)
"The world has changed, and we must change with it." (Out with national sovereignty and in with the New World Order...)
"Power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please." (Appeasement works...)
"Our security emanates from the justness of our cause; the force of our example; the tempering qualities of humility and restraint." (Appeasement really works...)
"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect." (To the Islamic terrorists, we seek to appease you.)
"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." (Except for my mentors Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers, and my colleagues in the Democrat Party, the Socialist New Party, the ACORN crowd, Rod Blagojevich, Richard Daley, Saul Alinsky, Father Michael Pfleger, Khalid al-Mansour, Kwame Kilpatrick, Louis Farrakhan, Rashid Khalidi and Raila Odinga. You guys can just keep up the good work.)
"This is the source of our confidence: the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny." (I am calling on you to follow me.)
Obama ended his speech with the last of several references to our Founders, calling on Americans to remember the words "the father of our nation" delivered to troops: "Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
Of course, those words were written by Thomas Paine on 23 December 1776 in his work, "The American Crisis," which, indeed, George Washington ordered read to his Patriot countrymen on the eve of the Battle of Trenton.
Paine's pamphlet, which begins famously, "These are the times that try men's souls..." was about the animating contest for freedom and liberty from government oppression.
However, Obama's entire treatise on the role of government, "a new declaration of independence ... a new foundation for growth ... a watchful eye ... a new era of responsibility ... remaking America," contradicts everything that Patriots have died for since our Declaration of Independence.
Our Founders outlined their just cause for revolution with these words: "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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."
During the next four years, every thoughtful American will come to learn that Barack Hussein Obama is no friend of freedom and liberty; that his "vision for America" is the antithesis of that held by our Founders.
George Washington admonished future generations to "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."