Jan 22, 2013 Comments Off Spit Stixx
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s second inauguration speech promised a sharply ideological second term where “the people” will use government to accomplish the tasks that he declared cannot be accomplished by individuals.
“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores,” he declared in a 2,103-word speech that included numerous campaign-style jabs at his political opponents.
“Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people,” said Obama, whose progressive ideology was highlighted in the short speech.
Obama repeatedly suggested that economic and social success is a matter of luck, not skill or diligence. “We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few,” he claimed.
Obama extended that claim of individual helplessness to lay out his progressive vision of a society led by government experts — rather than independent individuals and non-government groups.
“Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers,” he declared shortly after reprising President Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 Inauguration Day promise to win the Civil War regardless of the cost.
“We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more and reach higher,” he announced, because “our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American.”
He acknowledged the need to make “hard choices” to reduce the national debt and the cost of health care, but insisted that social programs are still worthwhile government duties.
“The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.”
His mention of the entitlement programs included a campaign-style dig at his GOP opponent in the 2012 race. The programs “do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great,” he claimed.