President Obama’s speech writers wanted his second inaugural address to be remembered alongside historic speeches such as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” or the Gettysburg Address, that much was obvious.
But amid the soaring rhetoric, Obama was a poor imitation of past men of greatness and only wound up sounding like himself — an ardent Marxist eager to limit Americans’ rights and twist the Constitution into knots while maximizing his own power.
One of the laundry list of oppressions Obama invoked was gun control, which he saved for the end of his speech:
“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. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time.”
Although confiscation doesn’t seem to be on the table at this moment, there can be no doubt that Obama intends to pave the way for future gun grabs.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was defiant after Obama’s speech and lambasted the president’s treatment of gun owners.
“We’re not people to be trivialized, marginalized or demonized as unreasonable. We’re not children who need to be parented or misguided ‘bitter clingers,’” he said. “We believe in the right to defend ourselves…We believe in our country, we believe in our Bill of Rights and we believe in our Second Amendment.”
LaPierre criticized the doublespeak that was prevalent in the inaugural address, saying that Obama is twisting the words of the Constitution to sound like they support his extreme leftist agenda.
“He wants you, all of you, and Americans across this country to accept the idea of principles as he sees fit,” LaPierre said. “It’s a way of redefining words so that common sense is turned upside down, and nobody knows the difference.”
The president is effectively telling Americans that to make children safe, law-abiding citizens must accept a loss of safety by giving up their Second Amendment rights.
This is what passes for the president’s principles, a running series of non sequiturs and self-contradictions.
LaPierre roundly criticized plans to register guns, which he sees as a pathway to confiscation. “(Obama) wants to keep all those names in a massive federal registry. There are only two reasons for such a registry of gun owners, that is to tax them or take them,” he said.
The deeper conflict, LaPierre pointed out, is over the concept of the origin of rights.
America was built on the idea that rights, including gun rights, come from God. Obama and much of the Left dismisses notions of a meaningful God, so they traditionally have taught that rights come from the government.
The current problem is that to the Left, Obama is not only government, but “Lord and savior” as Jamie Foxx said. What we’re facing is something that hasn’t happened since ancient Rome: the deification of a human being.
The Left is getting dangerously close to accepting the idea that rights come from Obama. The “progressives” are bringing our country full circle, back to accepting the divine right of their king.