The End of Democracy: Day 5 – January 24, 2009

A little noticed aspect of the Obama inaugural address; one important word conspicuously absent” DEMOCRACY.

Joe Rosenthal at Pajamas Media comments:

Amidst all the “soaring rhetoric” and many high-sounding words in Barack Obama’s inauguration speech, one word was conspicuous precisely by its absence: “democracy.” Neither the noun “democracy” nor the adjective “democratic” was uttered. The “democracy agenda” so closely associated with the foreign policy ideas of President Bush appears to be well and truly off the table. But the “democracy agenda” was not only an integral part of Bush foreign policy; it has — at least on the level of rhetoric — been an integral part of American foreign policy as such for decades now…..

Rosenthal mentions the word count for “democracy” and “democratic” in previous inaugural addresses: Bushes & Clinton 20 – Obama Zero

More disturbing is the mangling of our sacred founding text in the Obama address.

Paul Kengor (American Thinker 1/24/09) writes: (excerpts)

Something quite notable was said before an audience of tens of millions of Americans on January 20, 2009. And although I wasn’t the only one who noticed, the full implications seem to have been missed.

Alluding to the American founders, President Barack Obama, in his Inaugural Address, stated: “The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” This seemed to be a reference to the Declaration of Independence, or at least to the principles in that sacred political document.
The moment I heard those words, I immediately noticed — as did others who quickly commented — that Obama neglected two crucial things from the most famous line not only in the Declaration of Independence but in the essence of the American founding: 1) He left out the unalienable right to “Life;” and 2) He left out the words “created” and “Creator” — the God who “endows” that “Right,” a right which is a “self-evident” “truth.”
This slight was significant for a myriad of reasons. Chief among them, it is patently clear — as it was to the American founders — that one must have life before one can even begin to entertain liberty and the pursuit of happiness…..Whether the new president — and his speechwriter and staff — realized it or not, he appears to have inter-mixed the core of the Declaration of Independence with the core slogan of the French Revolution: “liberty, equality, and fraternity.” He seems to have integrated the guiding document of the French Revolution, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, with the guiding document of the American Revolution.
There, too, in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the emphasis on “life” is replaced with “equality,” as it was in the new president’s Inaugural Address. In the French manifesto, the word “life” is non-existent, as are the words “God” and “created” or “Creator.”….
The American founders, who read the French documents, saw the dangers endemic in the words of the French revolutionaries. As John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, expressing his trepidation for the French Revolution, “I know not what to make of a republic of thirty million atheists.”

So, how can it happen that such a mangling of the most famous quotation in American history could take place before the (supposedly) largest crowd at the most hyped inaugural ever, and with such a profound, far-reaching twist of language, and few noticed or care? The answer is American education, from K-12 to higher education, which is a human disaster…..
Death of Democracy


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