Obama’s Strange Farewell Challenge
Last night at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois, Barack Hussein Obama delivered his last official public speech to an audience of some 20,000 carefully selected friends, family members, administration officials, Democrat party members, and political supporters. It was an odd and disjoined address–part victory lap and partly a challenge to fight on, which Obama read from teleprompters, as we have come to expect from the man. He rehearsed portions of America’s history, even quoting portions of the Declaration of Independence.
There were a few interruptions at the beginning of the evening. One woman, holding a handmade sign that read, “Pardon us all NOW,” was quickly subdued and escorted from the venue.
Obama claimed to have reversed the great recession, saved the auto industry, “unleashed the longest stretch of job creation in our history,” opened up a new chapter “with the Cuban people,” and “shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot.” He credited his administration with taking out the mastermind of 9/11, winning marriage equality, and securing the right to health insurance for another 20 million America citizens. He declared that, by almost every measure, America is a better stronger place today than when his presidency began.
Most of the Obama speech sounded like a meandering, twisted journey through the land of make-believe, with occasional stops along the way to describe an alternate reality and to credit himself, his party, and his supporters for circumstances that clearly do not exist. He brought some of his personal experiences into focus and described his impressions of America and what he thinks still needs to be changed.
Barack Obama outlined three threats to our democracy as: “when we retreat into our own bubbles,” “when we accept economic inequality,” and “racism.” His remarks hearkened back to his first-year complaints of “bitter people who cling to guns and religion” who judge those who are not like them. He also set the stage for his coming efforts to join with Democrats to obstruct president-elect Donald Trump’s advisors and policies.
The outgoing president also appealed to his audience to “take the challenge of climate change.” He touted his administration’s efforts to battle the unproven and dubious political theory that mankind is adversely impacting the earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, but his remarks were short on specific policy changes that had any effect here or abroad.
In language typical of the liberal party, Mr. Obama decried corporate heads, successful business people and the wealthy for taking unfair advantage of others. In this way, he reinforced the outrageous claim of former Democrat President, Bill Clinton, who complained in his own term, that some had “profited unfairly.” However, it is not a legitimate function of the United States government to redistribute the assets of others who earned them legally, or to determine a fairness standard of income equity in the land of the free.
Overall, Obama’s farewell speech would not have been merely adequate if it had been truthful and honest. Instead, it read much like a laundry list of radical liberal proposals to specious problems and professions of improvements that were not realized by the American people.
While Mr. Obama is entitled to his own opinion, he’s not entitled to invent his own facts. He referred to America as a democracy 19 times, despite the fact that we are not a democracy but rather, a representative republic, and that he and his party have imposed their extremist policies upon America against solid democratic opposition by the majority of the people.
Obamacare was passed along strict partisan lines. The timeless social foundation of marriage was defined by an unscrupulous Supreme Court that determined to create new rights that are not written in the Constitution. The rest of the Obama regime’s actions were done unilaterally, without any effort to build consensus, and can, therefore, be easily reversed by his successor, Donald Trump, with nothing more than a signature.
Contrary to Obama’s claims, the recession, which was created by reckless and fiscally irresponsible mortgage lending policies enacted by Democrats, is not over. More people have left the workforce, and there is not higher employment. More people are on food stamps than eight years ago, our laws have been ignored and Iran has been given the funds and a roadmap to building nuclear weapons with which they will threaten the free world.
Because of Democrat over-reach, the best healthcare system in the world has been reduced to a bloated over-regulated monstrosity that is ineffective, fails to provide adequate care for most people, and is unaffordable. Race relations in America have retrogressed fifty years in the past eight and acts of terrorism have become rampant.
The past two terms of Barack Obama’s tenure have demonstrated to every United States citizen, the danger and misery that results when we allow our government to be taken over by radical left-wing policy-makers who have no respect for the people, their freedom, or the limits of the office of president.
At the end of his historical revision, Mr. Obama thanked his wife, and his two daughters (although only the younger, Sasha, could be seen), Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s wife, Jill. Ending his speech, Obama said that he was leaving the stage more optimistic about this country than he was when he started.
Certainly, those of us who elected Donald J. Trump as Obama’s replacement are more optimistic as well, and we can take a moment to celebrate his departure with resounding joy. Thanks be to God.
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