From George Washington’s 1st Inaugural Address April 30, 1789
“Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me I trust in thinking, that there are none under the influence of which, the proceedings of a new and free Government can more auspiciously commence.
Having thus imported to you my sentiments, as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign parent of the human race, in humble supplication that since he has been pleased to favour the American people, with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparellelled unanimity on a form of Government, for the security of their Union, and the advancement of their happiness; so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.” (Emphasis added)
George Washington wrote his own speeches. So it was with heartfelt sincerity that he delivered them, and it was with the knowledge of the answered prayers of countless martyrs who shed their blood on this soil so that their children and their grandchildren could live and work and worship in peace and freedom. And it was with the full armor of God that he called upon his congress to assist him in the beginning, faltering steps of this fledgling nation.
From Barack Hussein Obama’s Inaugural Address January 20, 2009
“So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
‘Let it be told to [the] future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive ... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet’ it.
America: In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.” (empahsis added)
Barack Hussein Obama did not write this speech; most presidents since Woodrow Wilson, with exceptions such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagen, have not written their own speeches. I’ve heard that the writer of this particular speech has crawled inside Obama’s mind and knows him very well. It seems he knows him well enough to know that Obama delivers speeches reasonably eloquently, given a working teleprompter or two, and that if said speeches contain that which he believes the American people want to hear, it’s a winning combination.
But did Obama have any idea what he was saying? Did he even realize that, by referring to George Washington in the second to the last paragraph of his address, he invoked the touchstone of our republic, the wisdom of that great leader who, above all, was not afraid to humble himself before our Creator?
The last climactic sentence is lovely. It contains just the right number of references to God, to our children, and to our unity. The trouble with this statement and with the entire speech is this: our president has no intention of carrying on in the tradition of “we the people.” He has not shown even once that he is trying to preserve us as a great nation. The most divisive president we have ever had, he has continuously apologized for, belittled, ridiculed and besmirched those principles which have made this republic unique in all of the world. Now, 220 years after Washington’s First Inaugural Address, and surrounded by a cadre of hand-picked socialist/Marxist/communist advisors, Barack Obama has embarked upon a campaign which will remove forever the words “freedom” and “liberty” from the fabric of our foundation.
But, unlike the men and women who fought and died winning independence from the British so long ago, we outnumber them. We need to bear this in mind when we listen to another speech promoting the leftist agenda, or hear yet one more reference to “the others” (you and me) by our president, or endure the lies of one more congressman telling us he actually represents his constituents. We need to act. And soon. Our blood is just as red as that of our forefathers. Our cause is just as right, and our children and grandchildren are just as precious as those of the early Americans. We need to act before we are silenced, disarmed, and imprisoned. We need to stand up and shout, “Not in my lifetime!” And then we need to do whatever it takes to win our country back. I believe God is still on our side. Please, stand, and hold our flag high.
P.S. This blog has very few readers, so I have just expended a great deal of energy for a few. But a few are a start. God bless you.
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