Second Inaugural Address: Obama Declares War on Liberty

Sounding the same themes of class warfare that propelled his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama devoted his second inaugural address to laying out his second term agenda: a struggle to undo the seeming injustices of America’s past, and to overcome the army of straw men that stand in opposition to progress.

In the process, President Obama attempted nothing less than an assault on the timeless notion of liberty itself:

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.

But 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.

After praising the “collective” and mocking the notion that America is a “nation of takers,” President Obama targeted his political opposition. He targeted those who “deny” climate change, attacked those who allegedly refused to reward the elderly for their contributions, and defied critics whom he said wanted “perpetual war.” He attacked the rich–as he has done so often over the past four years–and painted a caricature of an unjust nation: “…our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it….We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.”


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  • awfulorv

    I’m surprised he didn’t use the ” Chittlin on every plate, Dumpling in every pot” line. I imagine he will next time, during his coronation.

  • LastBestHope

    Yes, it was Obama The One on full display today. His pronouncement that a “decade of war” was ending was surreal in light of the dead American hostages freshly murdered in Algeria:

    “One Algerian who managed to escape told France 24 television late Friday night that the kidnappers said, “We’ve come in the name of Islam, to teach the Americans what Islam is.” The haggard-looking man, interviewed at the airport in Algiers, said the kidnappers then immediately executed five hostages.”

    Islamo-fascists are at war with US and the West but the American President pretends it’s not so. Denial is not a policy. Obama is not a leader. We are all endangered.

    Much more about the war @

  • $8194357

    The world is what we tell you it is comrade citizen…
    Bow before the all powerful OZ…

    • LastBestHope

      Obama is more of an Orwellian character with a darker meaning. We live in times of extreme danger and uncertainty and our Big Brother in the WH is working on an ideological agenda that is not reality based.

      • $8194357

        Barry is a puppet…
        The olagarchy pulls his strings and he dances..
        Most ‘professional’ DC politicians do.

  • Yogibare

    It pains me to say it, but the MAN is a master at setting up straw men (false ideals) and then telling us how HE is saving us from these false and bad ideals. This MAN is dangerous to our freedoms !!!

  • sbark

    Ronald Reagan Inaugeral speech 1981—-“we are a nation with a govt”……..

    ……..contrast that with Obama essentailly saying—We are a govt, with a nation.

    • realitybasedbob

      Raygun’s first inauguration speech:

      “You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no is understanding: We are going to begin to act, beginning today.”

      Raygun’s legacy after 8 years in office: National debt up 189%.

      • sbark

        Say hey……..who controlled both houses of Congress for all of Reagan’s 8 yrs in office………yup–Tip O’Neal’s lying dem’cats—Which branches of Govt controll spending?…………can you pass a 5th grade civics test?

        Reagan didnt resort to the gross amount of un-constitutional exec order Herr’Obama has…….

        Remember Tip O’Neal promised to cut spending in return for tax’s…….and just as like under HWBush, and now with Obama……… never happens
        Why are all Dem’cat so predisposed to flat out lying…… it genetic? Are they born that way, do they just work harder at staying ignorant?………
        ………….or all of the above.

        • realitybasedbob

          Oh Mr. bark, why are you so ignorant of actual facts?

          Please tell us if a President signs a bill into law.

          It had become an article of faith by conservatives that President Reagan reluctantly agreed to raise taxes in his first term in office — and that Congress then failed to follow though on promised spending cuts. The frequent recitation of this story during the current fiscal debate made us wonder: What actually happened three decades ago?

          Despite Reagan’s claim that he made a deal with the Democrats, the Senate at the time was controlled by Republicans. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas — then chairman of the Finance Committee and later the majority leader and Republican nominee for president — was a driving force behinda big tax increase because he was concerned about soaring deficits after Reagan had boosted defense spending and slashed taxes.

          Stockman says the $46 billion in management savings “was just a made-up target that never really had any content” in order to reach the 3-to-1 ratio. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger simply refused to comply with the agreement, and so Reagan’s future budgets ignored the requirements for proposing defense cuts. Stockman says the entitlement cuts — mainly price controls on Medicare billing — were implemented but “got lost in higher-than-expected Medicare inflation.”

          “In essence, the funny numbers, meant to impress voters and maybe the markets, fooled the president. They also fooled Donald Regan and Ed Meese,” write White and Wildavsky. “To Stockman, Baker, [Richard] Darman and congressional leaders, this sense of betrayal was ludicrous; no one ever said Congress would pass three-for-one. The [congressional budget] resolution was clear enough about that.”

          Stockman, in his memoir, “The Triumph of Politics,” blames the late Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) — later Dole’s vice presidential running mate — for convincing Reagan that he had been “hornswoggled” by Congress. By Stockman’s accounting, Congress did reasonably well in meeting the terms of the deal, but the administration failed to live up to its end of the bargain. “Reagan did get tricked — mainly by Weinberger and his own Cabinet,” Stockman said this week.

      • $8194357

        (National debt up 189%)

        What percentage is it up after just 4 years under communist team Barry?

        • realitybasedbob

          Good question, gun nut!

          After bush jr. jacked our debt up 86%, its increased 34% under President Obama.

          • $8194357

            We were less than a trillion down under 8 years of Bush with the Dem congress in control and Barrys been jacking up over a trillion a year for 4 years…Recheck your math grasshopper..
            Clintons largess was with a Republican congress fool tool..

  • $8194357

    Fast and Furious…Swept under the table..
    Bengahzi…Swept under the table…
    And now Barry and DC dance the night away drinking wine
    and eating choice cuts while more Americans are murdered..
    Domestic Constitutionalist terrorism, right?

    Americans Victor Lynn Lovelady, Gordon Lee Rowan and Frederick Buttaccio were slaughtered by jihadists

    Obama has said nothing, while every world leader has understood the gravity of this act of war and addressed his nation and the world. Three Americans have been slaughtered by al Qaeda making a morbid clown out of the President who just last week said that al qaeda had been vanquished. They showed him how “decimated” they are ….. on the eve of his inauguration, no less. But the enemedia has turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the slaughter of our fellow countrymen.

    Party on, Obama! Four more years!