“This was really Obama unbound … Obama’s basically declaring the end of Reaganism in this speech. … This speech today was an ode to big government. It was a hymn to big government.” – Charles Krauthammer, FOX NEWS
“Reminds you of another second inaugural: Lincoln’s. So much of Lincoln in that speech, from the Gettysburg address to the second inaugural itself.” – Chris Matthews, MSNBC
When I first heard Chris “tingles” Matthews salivate that the President’s speech was like Lincoln’s, I thought he must have been talking about Lincoln Chafee. Turns out he actually meant Abraham Lincoln and the sock puppet of socialist sophistry essentially compared this monstrosity of collective narcissism to Lincoln’s second inaugural address. The irony of linking a speech that could have been written by Antonio Gramsci to anything that’s ever been uttered by the pappy of the Republican Party would startle the dead – like comparing Mother Teresa with Jenna Jameson or Selma to Stonewall.
“It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces,” said Lincoln in his second inaugural address; and though he was talking about the institution of slavery and the despots who wanted to preserve the status quo, he may as well have been talking about Barack Obama and the modern Democrat paradigm. The whole premise of Barack Obama’s policies is to covet and to steal … to redistribute wealth; to make them “pony-up” and “pay their fair-share,” – In other words to wring their bread from the sweat of another man’s brow. And Chris Matthews can spout this drivel with a straight face because he really believes it. As part of the Hale-Bopp press corps, cognitive dissonance is his default setting.
Krauthammer was right; Barack Obama’s speech was flipping the bird to all that was Ronald Reagan. Reagan, in his first inaugural speech framed his political perspective:
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.
Obama, in all his bitter glory states, “For 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.” People who change their principles to match the times are both fickle and cowardly but they’re never virtuous.
Professor Terry Noel of Illinois State University writes in his column entitled “Death by President”:
“Collective action,” the President chides us, is required. Not cooperation, not mutual agreement, not voluntary benevolence – collective action. We act “collectively” when we are forced to. We act cooperatively when we realize of our own accord that our fellow human beings are cut from the same cloth as us. To work together toward common goals by choice is uniquely human and infinitely beneficial. To share a yoke with another who has likewise been forced to toil for a “collective” is despotism, pure and simple.
While the “dreams from my father” social-justice demagoguery that lined the President’s speech was predictable; few were expecting the “audacity of dope” that was Obama’s comparison of women’s suffrage and civil rights to a homosexual rave riot:
We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall … 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.
This is like one of those questions on a test that asks you to circle the one that doesn’t belong: women’s suffrage, civil rights for African-Americans or special status for sexual anarchists. Of course we all remember the slogan of the civil rights movement – “we shall overcome,” which was sung with quiet dignity in non-violent protests as brothers and sisters, black and white, arm in arm, braved police dogs and fire hoses to communicate in the words of their inspirational leader, that “hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”; and that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
This undoubtedly reminds us of that memorable line that thousands of Stonewall “victims” sang while they surrounded six plain-clothes cops and pelted them with bottles while slashing their tires, turning over cars and squirting lighter fluid through broken windows – “We are the Stonewall girls/ We wear our hair in curls/ We don’t wear underwear/ We show our pubic hairs.”
Yep, from this moment on, when people think of dignified, courageous civil disobedience, they’ll think of a homosexual mob surrounding six defenseless cops, threatening to kill them. Mr. President, that wasn’t a star in the sky that guided “our Stonewall forebears,” it was a Molotov cocktail.
Mr. President, how dare you stain the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. by suggesting that sexual misbehavior is the equivalent of a person’s race. As Ken Hutcherson says, “don’t compare your sin to my skin.” Speaking of our “gay” brothers and sisters is as silly as speaking of our “adulterous” brothers and sisters, our “incestuous” brothers and sisters or our “fornicating” brothers and sisters. Those in the bondage of same sex attraction are already equal before the law.
I’ll tell you what you should have said on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on the doorstep of the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade: “Our journey is not complete until our unborn 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 the unborn must be equal, as well.”
Mr. President, I know you too well, and your record is too plain, to believe that you are sincere when you quote the declaration. You sir, are no better than the cruelest slave master that the south ever produced who talked about liberty broadly but applied it narrowly. And as the ground cries out with the blood of those babies who have been “shelved” in your name, so too will you one day when you stand in front of a thrice Holy God and have to answer for your impudence.
And to Chris Matthews; if the real Abraham Lincoln were here and could communicate to you and to he who inspires your twitching leg, I’m pretty sure it would sound something like this: “Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!”
Image:The Stonewall Inn, Manhattan, New York City; author: Beyond My Ken; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license
Lower Image: Gay Liberation Monument, Christopher Park, near Stonewall pub, Manhattan; author: Danny-w; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license