Some stark contrasts

Monday we celebrate the 240th anniversary of this nation’s declaration of Independence from England. As I ordinarily do on Saturday mornings, I decided to take a look at the transcript for Barack Obama’s Weekly Address. It’s Independence Day weekend, after all. I was actually quite curious how America’s President would talk about it. I also went over to the Reagan Library’s website and pulled up President Reagan’s address from thirty years ago. It reveals some stark contrasts to say the least.

Be prepared; it will depress you.

Here is Barack Obama’s July 4th Weekend Weekly Address in its entirety:

Hi everybody, and Happy Fourth of July weekend. On Monday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will celebrate the Fourth like most of you – in the backyard. We’ll hang out with family and friends, throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, and watch the fireworks show.
 
Of course, we’re fortunate enough to have the South Lawn as our backyard. So we’re also going to fill it with hundreds of our troops, our veterans, and their families. Over the past seven and a half years, it’s become one of my favorite traditions. We get to celebrate our freedoms while doing what we can to honor all those who serve and sacrifice to make that freedom possible.
 
And I know that honoring our service members, our veterans, and their families is something that so many Americans try to do every day, without fanfare, or expectation of anything in return.
 
For the past five years, Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden have tried to follow the example of so many of those Americans with their Joining Forces initiative. They’ve rallied businesses to hire more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses, and helped reduce veteran homelessness. And just this week, Michelle and Jill announced a breakthrough on a concern they’ve heard again and again from the military spouses they spend so much time with – and that’s the issue of professional licensing.
 
This is something that most Americans aren’t familiar with. But for military families, it’s a big challenge. Here’s why. Our troops are often transferred from base to base. It’s part of the job. And because their families serve with them, that means their spouses move ten times more often than the rest of us. Ten times more often. That’s tough on a career. And more than one in three of these spouses works in a profession that requires a professional license or certification. Nurses. Childcare providers. Accountants. Social workers. And lots of other jobs.
 
And until recently, when these spouses were asked to move across state lines, they often needed to re-certify for a job they’re already qualified for. A nurse with years of experience might have to take entry-level classes, or pay a fee, or wait months for paperwork to be processed before he or she could get back to work on the job they love and that lets them support their families.
 
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It didn’t make any sense. So we changed it. When Michelle and Jill took up this cause five years ago, only three states had taken action on military spouse licensing. But they rallied governors and state legislatures to action. And this week, we reached a milestone. Today, all fifty states have acted to streamline many of these licensing issues. This is a big step forward, but we’re not done yet. We’re going to keep working with states to make licensing simpler for more jobs and reach more qualified workers. But we can finally say to so many of our military families – when you move, you’ll no longer be forced to put the career you love on hold just because you and your families have chosen to serve this country.
 
That’s what this is about – serving our men and women in uniform as well as they have served us. But you don’t have to be a governor or a First Lady to make a difference. So this holiday weekend, take a look at JoiningForces.gov to find out how you can serve the troops, veterans, and military families in your community.
 
And to all our brave men and women in uniform – you represent the best of who we are as a nation. On this day and every day, we thank you.
 
Thanks everybody. Have a great Fourth of July.

Now, here is Ronald Reagan’s address from July 3, 1986:

Like all great holidays, the Fourth of July brings to mind the traditional ways we celebrate: dazzling fireworks displays light the skies; march music fills the air; parades with flags and floats and blaring bands brighten the broad avenues of our cities and the main streets of our small towns; families get together with friends and neighbors for picnics and barbecues; patriotic songs stir the heart. These are the images — glad, bright, and touching — that we have come to associate with the Fourth of July from the time we were children.
 
It is altogether fitting that we should celebrate this day with great joy, because it is the birthday of our beloved country. It is especially fitting that it should be celebrated as a family holiday and a community holiday, because it commemorates our solemn bonding together as a new nation — the American Family.
 
It is a day not only for celebration but also for reflection — a day to ponder what it was that forged 13 diverse colonies into an unbreakable union that has endured and grown and prospered for more than two centuries. What was the secret that emboldened a loose confederation of some two and a half million settlers on the Eastern rimland of the New World to challenge the might of the most powerful colonial empire on earth?
 
Quite simply, it was the courage and the vision of our Founding Fathers. They seized the unique historical moment Providence had placed within their grasp. Determined to protect and guarantee fundamental human rights, they felt called upon to bring our nation into being.
 
In order to give that new nation shape and direction they drew freely on the riches of the Judeo-Christian tradition with its central affirmation that God, not chance, rules in the affairs of men, and that each of us has an inviolable dignity because we have been fashioned in the image and likeness of our Creator. The Founding Fathers established a nation under God, ruled not by arbitrary decrees of kings or the whims of entrenched elites but by the consent of the governed. Theirs was the vision of a striving, God-fearing, self-reliant people living in the sunlight of justice and breathing the bracing air of liberty.
 
As the years unrolled, generations of Americans painted that vision across the broad canvass of the continent. It has always been the secret of our progress, our power, and our prosperity. Whenever we have allowed it to fade we have done so at our peril. Whenever it has burned bright we have amazed the world with our inventiveness, our daring, our achievements, and our magnanimity.
 
Through the years, America’s promise of liberty and justice for all served as a magnet, drawing to our shores millions of people yearning to breathe the heady air of freedom. They flocked here from every continent, bringing with them the riches of their customs and their cultures; precious strands of every color, tone, and texture, to be woven into the rich tapestry of America.
 
And still they come, drawn by the promise of liberty under law, guided still by the beacon light of liberty whose most majestic symbol — newly refurbished this year — is the Lady with the Lamp who stands in New York harbor. Her high-held torch beams forth the same message that the Liberty bell rang out more than 200 years ago, the message of Leviticus:
 
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
 
As we celebrate this day, let us draw closer to all of our fellow citizens in common purpose guided by a common vision. Let all Americans like one grateful family honor our Founding Fathers and all who have worked and fought and died to keep their dream alive. Let us renew our commitment to the message and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence:
 
“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 — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . ”
 
Let us sing again the great patriotic songs:
God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her,
Through the night, with a light from above.
Let the words ring out loud with conviction and with joy:
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
 
To all my fellow Americans — Happy Fourth of July!

So much has changed in thirty years, has it not?

We once had a President who embraced our nation’s founding, its traditions and history. We once had a President who held up high the torch of Liberty.

And today, we have a guy who brags about having a spacious backyard like the South Lawn and uses his Independence Day address as an infomercial to promote one of his wife’s initiatives.

Even on what should be a holiday honoring this nation’s founding, Barack Obama has to hawk a government program.

He refers to himself or Michelle or what they are doing almost twenty times.

Ronald Reagan referred to himself a total of zero times. In fact, the only time the word “I” appears in his address is when he is quoting the song “God Bless America” (“land that I love”). Instead he talks about all Americans :

“we have amazed the world with our inventiveness, our daring, our achievements, and our magnanimity.”

And

As we celebrate this day, let us draw closer to all of our fellow citizens in common purpose guided by a common vision. Let all Americans like one grateful family honor our Founding Fathers and all who have worked and fought and died to keep their dream alive. Let us renew our commitment to the message and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence:

The contrasts are stark, aren’t they?

Where Ronald Reagan saw us as one nation under God, indivisible, Barack Obama sees himself.

Where Ronald Reagan believed that he was not set apart from us, but one of us, Barack Obama sees himself as Our Leader — the man who instructs, lectures, scolds and dictates.

While Ronald Reagan used his Independence Day address to turn the focus on the American People and our history, Barack Obama uses his to talk up a Government initiative.

The reason is self-evident. For Barack Obama, the Government is the country. For him, we are not a nation with a Government. We are a Government with a nation. For Barack Obama, Government is the epicenter — not the people, not the individual, and certainly not our history and founding.

I know what you’re thinking, “Well, at least he talked about our troops.”

Barack Obama is good at talking about our troops. What he’s not good at is commanding our troops — honoring them in the way he commands them.

Like every other group of people Obama utilizes for his purposes, “our troops” are a prop to serve his purposes. As Obama himself once famously said while visiting troops in South Korea, “You guys make a pretty good photo-op!”

Ronald Reagan’s address was America-centered.

Barack Obama talked about himself, Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden. His speech was Agenda-centered.

Everything Obama says — no matter the national holiday — is Agenda-centered.

The reason is obvious.

Ronald Reagan was an unabashed patriot. He loved this country. He loved our history and founding. He believed in the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence. He sought, not to amass power for the government, but to place power in the hands of the individual.

Barack Obama believes that patriotism is unseemly — something only those who are bitterly clinging to their guns and to God would exhibit. He doesn’t love this country; he loves the Government. He is embarrassed by our history and founding. He believes the Declaration of Independence is just “a really good story.” He seeks to amass power for the Government and strip individuals of their sovereignty, their Liberty and their right to live as free Americans.

Do you really expect a man who believes that “racism is in our DNA” to utter words of honor or praise for this nation’s founding even on the 240th anniversary of our Independence? I’d say he’d sooner admit that terrorism has everything to do with Islam than to do something as unseemly as that.

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2 thoughts on “Some stark contrasts

  • July 2, 2016 at 9:15 am
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    He did say “throw some dogs” on the grill, didn’t he?

  • July 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    Once again Dianny you bring up excellent points and comparisons. You are spot on as usual. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK! Unfortunately, your beacon of truth isn’t stong enough. You need more megawattage! I wish that more people could read and understand your OUTSTANDING POSTS. You have a natural, God given knack for speaking the simple truths. You are not alone, there are many good Americans who are defending freedom in thier own way all around the nation. They too have a watttage issue. The average American is literally tuned out, and just not willing to receive the messages that are all around them on a daily basis. Instead they are tuned to thier trusted MSM news sources. They are listening to serpents. They are lulled into a deadly slumber by stories of fantastic super heroes, celebrities and stars. The hour of destruction is upon them, the enemies are inside the wire, and most Americans don’t even know thier freedoms are at risk. They are beguiled, they clap like seals for a few meager pieces of moldy bread. You are right as rain! There have been many fundamental changes enacted or completed since Ronald Reagan’s 1986 address. The Progressive Agenda marches on, and is all but complete. This is not the same Nation as it was then. The people have lost the “We” and are concentrated on the “Me!” The Me, Me, Me message is everywhere. We the People hear your words, we love the tune that you and others like you play. We know the dangerous waters that surround us. We see the eminant fall of this Nation. You are a beacon of truth and light. Your message is real!

    How can we increase your signal strength? How can we wake the flock up? I am convinced that God will bless America again when America Blesses God, and turns from the evil ways that are destroying our Nation.

    America needs to make a course correction of 180 degrees ASAP! Unfortunately a ship of this size takes a long time to turn. It may already be to late. The warnings have been issued and some have heard them. But, the rocks are very close and we are still traveling way to fast to totally avoid them. REVERSE ENGINES AND STEER RIGHT! I hope it isn’t to late. Happy 4th of July America!

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