The President Declares War on the Founding

President Obama's second inaugural address, delivered on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, is the clearest example so far of his understanding of the American founding. The speech is full of references to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, not to mention Abraham Lincoln and Rev. King. Throughout, Obama seems to celebrate the Declaration's most famous phrase, recited word for word early in his address: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." A close reading, however, reveals Obama's underlying hostility towards both the American founders and his political opponents. And in the end, his second inaugural invokes not memory of the founders, but Franklin D. Roosevelt. Obama says we are on "a never ending journey" to fulfill the Declaration's promise of human equality, and we must "move forward together" to...(Read Full Article)

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