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In his second inaugural address, Obama makes clear that it’s fight night in America.
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And, through it all, there is a constant theme: It’s 1965 all over again, America! And, then as now, you have to fight for your rights! The path to salvation lies through governmental action and government-enforced “equality.”
By contrast, the great (rhetorical) presidents — Reagan and Kennedy, for instance — spoke of advancing the cause of liberty.
True, Lincoln spoke of equality, but he spoke of equality of opportunity, not equality of result. Yet, it is the latter and not the former that Obama and the Left push and agitate for.
In any case, it is clearly not 1965. Legal discrimination against blacks and women — and even, to a very significant extent, gays — has been eliminated. And to the extent that legal discrimination still exists, it is typically “reverse discrimination” against lower-middle-class white men and Bible-believing Christians. Yet, by pushing the gay agenda, gay “marriage,” and “affirmative action,” Obama and the left perpetuate this very same noxious reverse discrimination.
In short, Obama has little concern for liberty. And so, his inaugural address, while seductive to liberals, was a knee to the groin of conservatives.
Worse than that, it was a declaration of political war against the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Obama is saying, in effect: “I won, and I am determined to do it my way, come hell or high water. Deal with it, Republicans. There will be no compromise.”
In this way, Obama is the anti-Lincoln. Lincoln, of course, famously declared in his second inaugural address that America must move forward, “with malice toward none [and] charity toward all.”
Obama, by contrast, says that what’s necessary is “spite for the Right, and goodies for the Left.” Or, to twist the words of another great conservative Republican president, Ronald Reagan: “It’s mourning in America.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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