The Obama Inaugural Address
Part three in a series on how the Left thinks.

President Obama delivers his inaugural address, January 21, 2013.


Dennis Prager

No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need . . . or build the roads and networks and research labs.

Who, pray tell, has ever said that a single person can train all teachers, build the roads, etc.? 

The point he is making, once again, is that only the government can do all these things.

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; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

This is either a non sequitur or a falsehood. Huge government programs do not increase risk taking, and, yes, they often do make “a nation of takers.” Again, look at Europe. If such programs encouraged entrepreneurial risk-taking, European countries would have the most such risk-takers in the Western world. Instead, Europe has indeed become a continent of takers.

We will respond to the threat of climate change. . . . Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.

“The overwhelming judgment of science.” Just as the Left has changed global warming to “climate change,” the president has now changed scientists to “science.” To differ with the environmentalist Left on the sources of whatever global warming there is, or whether to impede the economic growth of the Western democracies in the name of reducing carbon emissions, is now to deny “science” itself, not merely to differ with some scientists.

Moreover, all three proofs of climate change the president adduces are false.

The Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, who believes that there is global warming and that it is caused primarily by carbon emissions, has written about the president’s claims:

On fires: “Analysis of wildfires around the world shows that since 1950 their numbers have decreased globally by 15%.” 

On drought: “The world has not seen a general increase in drought. A study published in Nature in November shows globally that ‘there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.’”

On storms: “Hurricane activity is at a low not encountered since the 1970s. The U.S. is currently experiencing the longest absence of severe landfall hurricanes in over a century.”