I just don't get about half of the people in this country. President Obama's second inaugural speech proved that beyond any doubt.
While mainstream media commentators are going on about him sounding like Lincoln, everything I heard coming out of Obama's mouth sounded like a conquering Hun come to plunder the last city in the West.
The line that to me best represents Obama's mindset was, "Fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges, that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action."
It was classic Obama.
Translated: We honor our founding principles by discarding them; individuals only exist for the community.
The drift of the overall speech, against the context of decades of liberalism, makes it clear that the president means to shred what's left of the Constitution he is sworn to protect. Gun control, more outrageous spending, climate change, gay marriage, "fairness" -- it was a grocery list of liberal hors d'oeuvres for the Left to gorge upon before the main meal is made out of the carcass of our country.
Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro -- choose your comparison. Obama made it clear that he will brook no opposition to his agenda, as if the past four years hadn't made the point for him.
In a speech that leaned heavily on past presidents who would be appalled at his plans, Obama might as well have come out and just quoted Stalin directly while declaring himself to be Abraham Lincoln reincarnated.
His audience would have still applauded. The backdrop of the parades, balls, state poetry and lip syncing celebrities was the dancing of Visigoths on the wall.
It was the death of reason, the end of individual freedom. The hive won, and the inauguration spectacle was the declaration of what's to come.
When the president of the United States is throwing around words like "collective," you can be sure the enemy thinks it's over. "We are borg. Resistance is futile."
What they're not counting on, though, is the number of Americans who don't buy into that belief, who understand the principles this country was founded upon are stronger than any Marxist pablum. The resistance is just beginning.