Obama made three key statement at the beginning of the address that look like an open endorsement of the free enterprise system, but on closer analysis not endorsement, but critiques, in which Obama argues free enterprise only works when modified by central government planning.
Consider the following Obama claims from the Second Inaugural:
- “Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
- “Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.
- “Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.”
What Obama is saying in the first statement is that the private economy depends on government to provide the infrastructure of transportation systems plus public school education; the second statement is a thinly covered argument for government regulation, while the third statement argues for government-funded social welfare system.
“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm,” Obama concludes, assigning to government, not to private enterprise, the responsibility to create a cradle-to-grave system of government-funded benefits and intervention into the private economy.
In this week of February in which we celebrate “President’s Day,” we need to contemplate that Obama sees government intervening into every corner of our lives – from providing government-funded contraception designed to intervene into the most private confines of the bedroom, to new gun legislation exploiting the grief millions of Americans felt at the Newtown school shooting, to now suggesting police can compromise the First Amendment by demanding journalists to hand over information from confidential sources, including whistleblowers.
Constantly suggesting he will implement by executive order what he cannot obtain through Congressional action, Obama laments that he does not have the power of an emperor.
Having implemented key provisions of the DREAM Act with the stroke of a pen in a boldly calculated move to obtain Hispanic votes, the White House has now leaked key provisions of the Obama administration’s plans for comprehensive immigration legislation with a plan designed to ignore Congressional wishes to secure the border, suggesting instead that illegal immigrants could obtain a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa right away, provided no criminal record is detected.
The White House suggests the Keystone Pipeline may be held up as a hostage to Obama’s continued insistence global warming demands the nation implement a carbon tax, the purpose of which will be to generate revenue for an all-powerful federal government Obama shows no limit to expanding.
In the process, Obama has suggested he will crush the Republican Party unless the White House gets nearly unlimited authority to increase the national debt, without having to negotiate first meaningful cuts to federal spending.
House Speaker John Boehner told a group of Republicans attending a closed luncheon sponsored by the Ripon Society, “Given what we heard yesterday [in the Second Inaugural Address] about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he [Obama] knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So, we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt o annihilate the Republican Party.”
To emphasize this point, Boehner added, “And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal – to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”
Still, a compliant Obama-loving mainstream media works overtime to hide from the American public Obama’s attempt to bring “fundamental change” to the nation, acting more and more as if he could declare himself emperor as easily as he can issue an executive order.
Now, the nation is slipping back into recession, while the mainstream media minimizes the importance that the nation experienced negative growth in the fourth quarter, with the possibility negative growth in the first quarter 2013 will be enough to confirm the economy has entered the second dip of the current prolonged economic downturn.
Under Obama’s presidency, poverty is up, chronic unemployment is reaching new post World War II highs, gasoline costs are once again rising, and some 7 million people are going to lose their health insurance because Obamacare is being implemented.
But instead of “focusing like a laser beam” on creating jobs, the White House is making sure the USA is safe or drones – one more indication Obama intends to redefine the USA into not only a massive social welfare state but also a massive police state, all accomplished through the powers Obama assumes not by fulfilling his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, but by seeing how far his imperial presidency can get disregarding the Constitution.
Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is the founder of the 1776 Nation and chief writer for the Tea Party Research Team of TeaParty.org. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command.