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The Inaugural Address Offers Clues to the Obama Administration Goals. by The Elephant's Child

E.J. Dionne Jr.wrote Wednesday:

President Barack Obama intends to use conservative values for progressive ends.

He will cast extreme individualism as an infantile approach to politics that must be supplanted by a more adult sense of personal and collective responsibility.  He will honor government’s role in our democracy and not degrade it.  He wants America to lead the world, but as much by example as by force.

We might start by recognizing, Mr. Dionne, and President Obama, that this is not a Democracy.  It is a Republic.  You know:  “I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the Republic for which it stands.”  It is not a collective. [See ‘The American Form of Government, a Reminder” below]  Mr. Dionne then drifts off into leftist excess:

And Obama told us straight out the ends toward which he was conscripting the old virtues: “They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.”

The emphasis on progress pervaded what was in many ways a radical speech.  Obama clearly broke with the conservative past, more recently associated with George W. Bush and more distantly with Ronald Reagan.

As he has done so often, Obama pronounced debates about the size of government as irrelevant.  What matters is “whether it works.” Quietly but purposefully, he was overturning the Reagan revolution.

This is profoundly silly.  Government doesn’t work.  This financial crisis was caused by government.  Democrats, insistent upon getting potential Democrat voters into their own houses, forced banks to lend to people who could not meet the requirements of sound lending practice.  Democrats resisted every attempt to increase oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or to reform their operations.

Home loans were made, by law, to people who could not afford to repay them.  Speculators planned to quickly turn homes in a market that they believed could only go up.  And the very people who were behind the laws that forced these irresponsible loans are now in charge of billions of dollars of bailout money and “stimulus” money that will not stimulate. The foxes — Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Charles Schumer — are indeed in charge of the henhouse, and we seem to be the goats.

In his inaugural address, Obama said:

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.  The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation; the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

This is a complete misunderstanding of the promise of the Declaration — “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.”  It does not say that we are equal”, but that we are created equal; that we have an unalienable right to Liberty, not that “all are free.”  There is a difference.  Freedom is a general term that refers to absence of restraint or lack of restraint.  Liberty applies especially to individual rights as defined by law. All have a  right to the pursuit of happiness, it’s up to them as individuals.  It is not something they “deserve” and need to wait around for until government gives it to them.

Obama continued:

Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.  It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.  Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

The risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things were doing that precisely because they were seeking “the pleasures of riches and fame,”as John Podhoretz pointed out.    This is denial of the entire history of capitalism, which is, after all, just the natural workings of the free market.  Apparently the Obama people have something else in mind for us rather than the free market.

The entire inaugural address is available here. Do read the whole thing, so that you can focus on the actual words and not Obama’s soothing baritone.   The speech was disjointed and unimpressive, but there are clues there if you read carefully.

And Lo, the Future Cometh! by The Elephant's Child
January 22, 2009, 4:28 pm
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Iowahawk strikes again.  The man is a gem!

(h/t: Jonah Goldberg @NRO)

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