Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama's Inaugural Speech

As I sat in a hospital waiting room on Monday, I was essentially a captive audience to Obama's inaugural speech, as all of the televisions were tuned to CNN. Most everyone there was indifferent to the speech, as they probably should have been. Another vague, vacuous speech from the Ivory Tower. Maybe it was because I was tired and not feeling well, but I had a harder time than usual paying attention to his speech. But then, I think Obama has become an even more boring speaker over the years. He knows he doesn't have to try, and it shows.

Later, I decided to track down some analysis of his speech from outside the MSM, whose members were obviously beside themselves in fawning and hero-warship of the man who they believe can finally lead the United States out of the shabby worship of the middle-class and into the grand elitism of the European technocracy.

First, Barry Rubin at PJ Media notes that while couched in comfortable language, Obama's speech was in reality a repudiation of Constitutional principles and a call for collectivism, offered under the guise "to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time." And because America is in a as-yet-undetermined crises, all of this must be done without due deliberance or consideration. Rubin sums of the speech:
Thus, the following principles:
– Portray America as a disaster zone where inequality and unfairness run rampant, even though that is demonstrably untrue. Therefore, the United States must be fundamentally transformed.
– Portray those who don’t support you as engaged in evil, racist, etc., practices. Thus, those who criticize you are illegitimate and don’t deserve a fair hearing, much less compromise.
– Get away with breaking those principles yourself.
Ron Radosh, also at PJ Media, also noted the collectivism in the speech.

After repeating the generally accepted view of self-reliance, individuality, and rejection of central authority, the president made it clear he believes “times change,” and we must too. We must respond to new challenges through “collective action.”
And if you have about 10 minutes, you might want to check out the Feb. 22, 2013, "Trifecta" video commentary.

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