I was listening to Mark Levin the other night and he compared and contrasted the differences between the inaugural speeches of Ronald Reagan and Barack Hussein Obama.
It's like comparing a satyr to an Hyperion.
Reagan faced difficulties that Obama cannot even imagine. In 1980 the unemployment rate was 7.5% Mortgage interest rates were up to 20% and inflation was running at a steady at 13.9%
Obama's campaign rhetoric aside, we're not in a depression and we're not even close.
Reagan promoted American virtue, American power, and American values. Reagan rightly condemned government. He famously stated that government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem. Reagan united us with a staunch belief in the "magic" and uniqueness of the American spirit. He valued our constitution and correctly identified the American experience as the most audacious and important experience in democracy the world has ever - I repeat - EVER seen.
Barack is a "citizen of the world." During the campaign he decried government for being "broken" but then turned around and said that more government is the answer to our ills. Like Dhimmi Carter, Barack wants to consolidate his power base through more and more federal programs. He knows that by getting more people beholden to a government subsidy check, he can be assured that they'll keep voting for whatever party pays the bills or gives away freebies. This type of governance is foreign and anathema to the principles of our Founding Fathers, and to the constitution itself. While giving lip service to "responsibility" Obama doesn't follow his own advise. He spent 175 million of tax payer dollars on his inaugural celebration and plans on expanding federal spending up into the trillions. This is Obama's first executive job. He's never had to pay taxes, get licenses, screen, hire and pay employees, pitch a client on a sales presentation, submit a budget, balance his checking account, construct a building, negotiate leasing agreements, create financial statements, calculate financial ratios, fight with the endless bureaucrats that sit in thousands of positions impeding the flow of investment dollars - none of that! And yet this guy lectures us on responsibility and accountability.
He's the Anti-Reagan. Here's Reagan's greatest speech (1964):
With the election of Barack Hussein Obama, we have surely taken our first step toward 1,000 years of Darkness.