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    Obama Inaugural Speech — Collectivist We

    Obama Inaugural Speech — Collectivist We

    No need to watch Obama’s inaugural speech.

    Text is here.

    Same old, same old straw men, platitudes, and ode to big government and collectivism:

    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.  Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

    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.  For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.  No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.  Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

    I didn’t watch because I’ve seen that movie before.

    Krauthammer did watch, and he summed it up as an ode to big government (who coulda guessed that?) via Mediaite:

    Following President Obama’s second inaugural address, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer called the speech an “amazing” one which rebuked the limited government beliefs of the Reagan era and served as the president’s “ode to big government.”

    “I thought it was an amazing speech, and historically very important,” Krauthammer began. “This this was really Obama unbound. And I think what’s most interesting is that Obama basically is declaring the end of Reaganism in this speech.”


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    A gay Latino poet led off,
    Spoke be4 the 1st Dumbkoff.
    Twas about Amerika & its folk,
    Twas so bad I’d of taken a toke,
    ( That’s toke, not token, folk)
    Or get as drunk as Hasselhoff!

    Nary a ryme to be found by this Muse,
    his purpose was not to confuse,
    but with platitude cover,
    empty headed cliches that hover,
    from lips of dear leader unbound,
    to ear of empty headed audience redound.

    Radegunda | January 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Does that sick joke of a president imagine that people never join their efforts with others to accomplish a goal unless they are directed to do so by the government? Does he imagine that he’s the first person to think, “Hey, a lot of things can’t be done by one person alone; I’ll get people to work together”?

    Maybe so. He’s the same moron who looks at the system/philosophy that’s lifted more people out of poverty than any other in history, and that quickly turned the United States from a colonial backwater into a superpower, and he says, “It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.”

    BannedbytheGuardian | January 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    There are advantages in Monarchy. Sometimes whole generations are spared inauguration speeches.

    I think there are thousands & thousands & tens of thousands of British who were not born in 1953 & have already died never hearing one.

    The way Elizabeth is going there will be many more saved from witnessing one.

    Anyhow this is all yours – enjoy.:)

      theduchessofkitty in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | January 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I just have one reply for that in a few words: HRH Charles, Prince of Wales.

      Get some migraine medication, too.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to theduchessofkitty. | January 22, 2013 at 1:38 am

        If Charles gets in , he can put out a Royal Decree & demolish all the ugly buildings & everything else he hates.

        Yes the inauguration would be terrible but there could be fun afterwards. He has a long long list of dislikes built up.

        There is no reason it will not be The King vs Parliament again after a 300 year truce. It is no co incidence that this Tory government is disbanding some historical military guard units.

        This time I guarantee you it will not be Charles getting beheaded.

    Uncle Samuel | January 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    It’s also called the Imperial We…as in ‘I am authorized to speak for ALL of you (lowly ignorant drones, peons)’ and what I say is always true and right and what I say and do is automatically Law.

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