There seems to be a common theme among the pundits and talking heads this morning, as they discuss the 2nd
coming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. I first heard it on NPR, as one of newscasters described Obama’s speech as progressive. As quoted by Hot Air, a former White House speechwriter described it this way.
Atlantic Editor James Fallows, a former White House speechwriter, tweeted that the address was “the most sustainedly ‘progressive’ statement Barack Obama has made in a decade.”
Admittedly, I have yet to watch Obama’s speech. I will probably watch portions of it later today or tonight, but I have been too busy to spend several minutes listening to a speech with which I know I am going to disagree. From the portions I have seen quoted from different news sources, one thing is abundantly clear. Barack Obama is intent on driving his progressive agenda right down our throats. He mentioned a variety of topics and issues in his speech, ranging from equating gay rights to the civil rights struggle black Americans have went through, to giving a shout out to climate change. He went so far as to take a swipe at those of us who believe climate change is nothing more than a hoax being perpetrated to collect more money from the nations who have been declared to be guilty of said hoax.
This is no time to mince words. I have serious doubts about the progressive agenda Obama seems ready to force upon us, but I have no such doubts about his willingness to do just that. He has already shown a decidedly different side of himself in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. He refuses to acknowledge we have a spending problem and believes the only “balanced” way to achieve deficit reduction is to raise taxes even more than they have already been raised. Who knows, maybe he really doesn’t see our spending as a problem, but that doesn’t change that it is. He has also shown an unwillingness to negotiate with the Republicans in the House of Representatives. His idea of negotiations seems to be “give me what I want and that’s final”. He says he will not negotiate with them over the debt ceiling and John Boehner says that’s fine, as he no longer sees a point in holding one-on-one talks with President Obama. After the refusal of the President to budge one inch on his progressive ideology, who can blame him for that. No one likes to beat their head on a brick wall for very long. It starts hurting after a while.
Where does this leave us as we head into Obama’s second term? Much the same as we were before, I would say. We need to go into this looking the truth full on in the face. We need to realize that no matter what happens in Washington, Republicans are going to get the blame. It will not matter what the truth is, the media will see to it that the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of anyone who stands in the way of Obama’s progressive ways. To look at it any other way is to be more than a little naive.
The one difference I can already see is in Obama himself. He is certainly bolder than he has been, possibly because he knows he doesn’t have to worry about another reelection. The flexibility he spoke about to the Russian President is upon us and trust me, it isn’t going to be used to compromise with those who disagree with his progressive agenda. More than ever, President Obama feels emboldened to push that agenda harder than he has ever pushed it before. What’s more, there are many people in this country who believe that is exactly what he needs to do.
As I was listening to the news on NPR this morning, they were interviewing some of the young people who attended the inauguration. The young people in question were from Chicago and they used a statement from one of them to close out the segment. I was unable to find the exact quote, but the gist of it was simple. The young lady who was speaking said she was glad to see how bold Obama was in his speech. She said he was finally able to say everything he felt, without worrying about running for reelection. She said she was glad to see him doing just that and felt proud of him.
The feelings expressed by the young lady from Chicago are exactly the reason we have to contend with President Obama for another four years. The progressive agenda really is marching on and we have our work cut out for us, if we expect to put a stop to the way it is changing America.