What President Obama Aborted from His Inaugural Address

obamaAs I listened to President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, I couldn’t help but notice a Great Omission (well.. several recurrent omissions) which trailed throughout the speech.

The reason I noticed the omission is because the President chose to root his speech on a fundamental claim of the Declaration of Independence. These were his opening remarks:

What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“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.”

It is the mention of LIFE in that quote from the Declaration of Independence that made me notice its screaming absence in the subsequent speech, which, ironically, emphasized liberty and gave notable mentions to the pursuit of happiness. The following are excerpts from the speech. I have inserted, IN CAPS, the Great Omissions that Obama made after claiming allegiance to the Declaration of Independence:

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History tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom (AND LIFE) is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.

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Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable (SUCH AS THE UNBORN), and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and (THE) misfortune (OF BEING CONCEIVED FROM RAPE OR IN POVERTY). Our journey is not complete until all our children (ESPECIALLY THE UNBORN) know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

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But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms (AND LIVES) ultimately requires collective action.

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We, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.

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We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty (AFTER BEING CONCEIVED IN THE SAME POVERTY) knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

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We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child  (FETUS) with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.

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And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice (AND UNWANTED CONCEPTION) – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

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We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created (NOT BORN) equal – is the star that guides us still.

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Our journey is not complete until our gay (AND UNBORN) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

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Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia (TO THE WOMBS OF TEENAGE MOTHERS) to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm. That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life (YES, LIFE), and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.

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You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

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Indeed, if the President was claiming allegiance to the Declaration of Independence, then he has failed to do so by replacing “created” with the word “born”. Being “born equal” is not a necessarily a self evident truth (some are born into health and wealth while others are born into disease and poverty), but being “created” equal is self-evident. Creation begins at conception, Mr. President. It seems the document to which you’re claiming allegiance is not the one drafted two centuries ago. Yours is a different document altogether.

And do you know what you aborted from your speech, Mr. President? The same thing that millions of women in America continue to abort freely for the past 40 years – LIFE.

Cornell.

2 Comments

  1. One contention I have with you is your finding fault with the speech because he said he is basing his on the declaration not rehashing the declaration itself.
    That said, you ought to know that the drafters of the declaration did not believe in a god of revelation and many of them were deists. So in this sense when they mention created equally, it doesn’t talk about material possessions or health but as human beings with equal rights.
    To insist on the rights of the unborn is a philosophical and moral question and pits those who are pro-choice and pro-life on different sides and to want it included is to take a religious position.
    Christianity is a nay to life! it is not life affirming.

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