Pierce the soaring rhetoric of President Obama’s second inaugural address and its central message rings clear as a bell: despite the fact that nearly half the nation rejected his big-government vision, he’ll impose it on us — because, as he’s so often said, “We’re all in this together.”
Indeed, “together” — that appeal to unity — appears no fewer than seven times in his short speech, “we the people” five. Throw in “one nation,” “one people,” “common effort,” and “common purpose,” along with several other collective incantations and you have a man who has little conception of life and liberty outside of government. He tells us we don’t need “to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time,” but he’s not about to allow out-of-control deficits and debt to diminish its role for our time. “Deficit” appears once in the speech, “debt” not at all.
This is progressive tribalism on steroids,
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