Liberals Are the True Defenders of Freedom

Most inaugural addresses are not memorable. Second inaugural speeches are even less so. But President Obama’s second inaugural address is an exception. Only 18 minutes long, it will go down in history as one of the most powerful inaugural addresses ever.

As a proud liberal, I am often asked: What do liberals really stand for? Even some liberals have a hard time answering that question. But no longer. Read President Obama’s second inaugural address. And then read it again. For generations to come, his remarks on Jan. 21, 2013 will stand as “The Liberal Manifesto,” telling the world what liberals stand for and why.

What we believe as liberals, Obama noted, is rooted in the sacred words of the Declaration of Independence itself: “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.” Liberals not only believe those words, said Obama, their special mission is to make them real for all Americans: rich and poor, young and old, male and female, gay and straight, no matter the color of your skin or the faith you practice.

Nobody has ever better expressed our purpose as Americans, and as liberals, than Obama did, right at the beginning of his speech, in two powerful sentences: “Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth.”

In the Constitution, our Founding Fathers embraced the duty to secure “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Now it’s up to us — “we, the people” — to help complete the task of delivering that promise of liberty and equal rights to all Americans. But Obama didn’t settle for stating our mission in general. He translated it into specific challenges on some of the most important issues facing us today.

If you really believe in the Constitution, said Obama, you could never live with the obscene level of income inequality in America today. “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.”

If you really believe in the Constitution, you understand why it’s especially important to help the disadvantaged, those poor and middle-class Americans who have not yet achieved the American dream. “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American.”

If you really believe in the Constitution, you don’t resent extending a helping hand to those not as lucky as you are. “The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers…”

If you really believe in the Constitution, you can’t ignore the threat to our economy from global warming. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

Then, in perhaps the most powerful part of his inaugural address, President Obama asserted that if you really believe in the Constitution, you would never question full equality for the LGBT community. It’s an unbroken line from Selma to Seneca Falls to Stonewall. “Our journey is not complete until our gay 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.”

And in meeting all those challenges, Obama reminded us, government plays an essential role. “Preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” Of course, personal initiative is important, but the challenges are too great for any one man or woman. “Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.” With that affirmation of the necessary, proper role of government, President Obama ended the Age of Reagan and began the Age of Obama.

Conservatives may give lip service to the Constitution. But, in his second inaugural, President Obama proved that liberals are the true defenders of the Constitution. He made me proud to be a liberal.

161 Responses to Liberals Are the True Defenders of Freedom

  1. ‘If I paid in $20,000.00 and only owed 10,000.00 I still paid $10,000.00 in taxes, neh?? ‘ Just when I thought you couldn’t say anything dumber than you already had you proved me wrong again.

    ‘HB 474- I couldnt care less’..so why did you bring it up?

    You really need to get some new meds. Did you fall and crack your skull when you were in the service? Are you collecting disability for that head injury?

  2. You really cant grasp this idea can you. I brought up Hb474 because you and ALEC both now live in NH.
    Me getting on meds is not going to help your MATH. My getting on meds is not going to change the teabaggers outlook of the nation.

  3. No right wing rebuttal on the assassinations thing? Was that post just LW nonsense? I thot it answered alot of puzzling questions.

    Hillary- 2016

  4. I don’t live in N.H. I did 24 years ago but haven’t been back since. Things actually used to be great there until the Dems took over and started running the budget into the dirt and ran off all the employeers, but that’s what liberals do.

    You, brought up ALEC in an article that was specifically about HB474. You thought is was some sort of proof that ALEC was trying to break the unions. However other than saying ‘read between the line’ you have nothing else to offer. Again, what do you object to in HB474? You can’t point to anything can you? You just can’t comprehend the language so you claim that there is some big secret group trying to do you in, again.
    You really want me to rebut that nonesense? It’s about as on solid ground as the birthers. In fact your just as crazy as they are, just on the other end of the spectrum. And once again you had to go into your echochamber to get your article. If you go outside your ring of conspiracy theory web sites you can’t support a single thing you post. In fact even then you can’t support a single thing you post.
    Why can’t you say whether or not you support the president ordering an assasination on a US citizen? The difference her is that you are quoting from a biased conspiracy web site. I’m taking from the current headlines which are quoting a document provided by Eric Holder, Obamas Attorney General, not some random dude who has a blog.

    My math is fine, your logic is not.
    Do you really think these two statements have the same meaning?
    ‘if I paid $10,000 in taxes and got back $10,000 I still paid $10,000 in taxes.’ and ?If I paid in $20,000.00 and only owed 10,000.00 I still paid $10,000.00 in taxes, neh?? ?. I realize that you think in some way that was smart and funny but really it just showed what your true being, a liar. See you change your story and facts to fit your argument and when you can’t do it you change the topic.
    By the way, I would have voted for hillary in 2008, but she wasn’t the candidate, but that still doesn’t make her ‘one of the best SoS’ we’ve had. You still can’t tell us what policy, treaty or whatever she did to qualify as that? I find it funny that when you said that it was the day after MSNBC and some of the other left wing blogs claimed the same thing, of course they never expounded on it either which explains your inability to do so.
    It’s sad that obama caters to low information voters like yourself.

  5. ‘I paid in $20,000.00 and only owed 10,000.00 I still paid $10,000.00 in taxes,’
    Assuming this is true I would have to ask what kind of moron has 100% more withheld than they owe? I mean figuring out withholding isn’t higher math. It’s basic arithmetic last I checked. Not algebra nor calculus. What kind of idiot can’t properly fill out a W4. I can understand being off by a few percentage points but 100%? Someone needs to get a math for dummies book. It goes something like this…1+1=2. 1+2=3. Get it. Your turn missy 1+3=?. come on, you can do it. Take the tinfoil hat off, it’ll help

  6. You’ve been doing your own taxes again, havnt you? When did I say withholding?
    You gotta just have kw splain how it can possibly be true to you.
    I know I’m booked for Tenerife, Canary Islands, I prolly wont need to splain it to them.

  7. Just like I said Jeff…. They are “liars”. When you confront them on the lies they just dodge and duck, change the subject then lie some more.

  8. Hammer, did you miss this last election cycle? We pretty much assessed who the true liars were.
    They were the minority who couldnt win an election without lying cheating or stealing, yup, the republicans. Romney couldnt order breakfast without lying about it.

    Calm down baby blue it just a typo.

  9. ‘Tenerife, Canary Islands’ What, did they put up a new poster in the nursing home cafeteria and you had a dream about going there?
    Still can’t tell us what hillary did can you. You’re just going to vote for her because the party machine tells you to.
    You are right Hammer. He is a liar. Notice how he never commits to anything. He doesn’t have the courage to take a stand. I would say just like a liberal but real liberals at least have values. Missy is just an apologist for Obama and nothing more. Missy is just like Obama, blame it on the other guy and hope no one noticed what you actually said.

  10. No I didn’t miss it. It was won with lies and probably cheating. You and your ilk are despicable and have no class.

    Jeff, you are right again. They say and do things then lie and say the republicans. These people have no shame.

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