HUFFPOST HILL – Inauguration 2: The Oathening

In classic Washington fashion, the biggest political spectacle of the year was staged and had no tangible effect whatsoever. The president told the nation that its citizens have shed their “skepticism of central authority,” which rang particularly true with all those people stockpiling guns. And we couldn’t help but think that in an alternate universe, President Romney would be thanking Pat Boone for his stirring rendition of the National Anthem before heading to the Ice Cream Social Ball. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, January 21st, 2013: BIRTHERS, SANE PEOPLE IN AGREEMENT: PRESIDENT OBAMA FAKE INAUGURATED – The commander-in-chief took his lefty vitamins this morning. From his inaugural address: “Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers. Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune. Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character…We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. (Applause.) They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. (Applause.) ” Sam Stein scrutinizes: “The president, who has spent the first four years navigating Washington as much as shaping it, used his platform on Monday to announce that his next four years will be marked by a more assertive approach… The president talked about protecting entitlement programs upon which the elderly and the most vulnerable in society depend…Obama also gave a nod to items further down on the conventional list of top priorities: climate change and election reform included. The underlying theme was altogether consistent: it is time for the country’s reasonable majority to wrest back the agenda.” [HuffPost]Read More…
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