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President Obama’s second Inaugural Address amounted to a collectivist creed — a clearly delineated expression of his worldview based on a self-perceived divine mandate that is disconnected from the Founder’s vision of fundamental truths.
He managed to convert a fundamental principle of our American way of life into a divine mandate for massive expansion of government into our lives. And he did this through careful manipulation of the language. For example..
+ + Morphing “Self Evident Truths”
The Declaration’s “self-evident” truths were morphed by Obama into a collective “creed” that only finds “real meaning” through government-enforced equality of outcomes. The President is wrong. Our Declration is not a “creed,” which is a “set of fundamental beliefs.” Our English use of the word “creed” comes from the first word in Latin (“credo”) of what came to be known as the Apostles’ Creed. The Declaration is founded on ideas more fundamental than even a creed. We do not “believe” in self-evident truths; we acknowledge, respect and build our lives and society upon such truths.
You may think I’m splitting hairs, but moving from truths to a “creed” allows Obama to then define what we actually are giving ideological ascent to, what we are believing. The creed then only has “meaning,” according to Obama, as we implement the agenda believed upon by the Left. That’s how Obama can say that saving the planet from global warming “will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared” when there is no logical connection between Jefferson’s words and the climate change agenda of today.
+ + Merging Church And State
It gets worse because in Obama’s world we see a seamless merging of church and state as government’s role expands far beyond the jurisdiction of the state. Again, it takes place with subtle language. First, Obama speaks in language we are familiar with. Then, he expands beyond the rightful realm. For example, Obama justifies his unequivocable support for homosexual rights by saying:
“…for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
Did you catch the twist from law to love? Extending “love” to another human being is entirely within the jurisdiction of the individual and should not involve government in any way. The church can instruct individuals on how to love, not the state. But once we allow Obama to make “love” the business of the government, there is no end to what the government can do because love is the realm of the divine now implemented by the state.
+ + Our “Forbears” Are Homosexual Activists
Perhaps this is why Obama noted that he swore his oath “to God and country” and not the Constitution. In Obama’s conception of God, fulfilling the global warming mandate and expanding debt-driven transfer payments are divine mandates. And he will fulfill his oath to his collectivist creed, not to a written document that could possibly constrain him.
It is also interesting to note that in Obama’s world, our “forbears” can be found in places like “Stonewall.” Most Americans have no idea what “Stonewall” he was referencing. It wasn’t Stonewall Jackson but an event in 1969 which advanced the homosexual rights agenda. To Obama, our “forebears” are homosexual activists from the 1960s.
+ + Labeling His Opponents “Absolutists”
Finally, here is one more reason why Second-Term Obama is far more dangerous than First-Term Obama. It’s right there in the address. He is committed to moving the collectivist ball down the field, no matter how imperfect the plan may be.
“…we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle…. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.”
Again, it all sounds so good. But there is a serious methodology behind Obama’s attack on “absolutism” and promotion of partial victories. Those who stand for the Constitution and oppose the change Obama wants will be labeled dangerous “absolutists” — starting with Second Amendment advocates.
+ + Our Response…
So how do we respond to the President’s clear delineation of his collectivist agenda? First, we must understand what he is doing. The biggest Obama wave of collectivist activism is coming. He just told us so.
Second, get ready to be labeled an “absolutist.” In the language of the Jewish exiles from 2,500 years ago, get ready for the fiery furnace.
Already, local and state law enforcement officials are sending Obama letters telling him that they will not take arms from lawful citizens. Tens of thousands of Grassfire team members have made a similar statement in support of the Second Amendment. If you have not yet signed that petition, please go here now to be included in our upcoming delivery.
+ + “Thanks for writing that letter”
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I didn’t have a copy of “Thriving In Exile” with me, but I really wanted her to get the rest of the story. I believe Thriving In Exile is the single most important document I have written for our Grassfire team — especially at this critical time. Go here to order your two copies for any contribution to help Grassfire build.
Thanks again for all you are doing. May God bless you, and let’s build!
A guest on dozens of radio and television programs, Steve has appeared on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Sean Hannity, CNN, CNBC, Alan Colmes, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Beck and Janet Parshall. He is the author of The Grassfire Effect: How One Small Spark Can Change Your World (2005: Broadman & Holman) that outlines a fundamental principle of individual and organizational growth.A graduate of Regent University (M.A. Public Policy), Steve is also the author of 21 Supreme Court Issues Facing America (2006), The Book On Obama (2012) and Thriving In Exile (2012).
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