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

The president continued:

That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.

Finally God is mentioned — on behalf of solar panels and windmills! The god of the Left is the god of environmentalism.

We the people still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

The president’s favorite American — the Straw Man. Who exactly believes in “perpetual war”? Perhaps the president confuses perpetual strength with perpetual war.

Had he not been a leftist, he would have said: “We the people still believe that enduring security and lasting peace require perpetual American strength.”

But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war.

Whatever peace we have won has been won as a result of war and/or being militarily prepared for war. But acknowledging that would mean abandoning leftist doctrine.

We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully –- not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.

“Not because we are naïve”? The entire sentence is an ode to the Left’s naïveté regarding evil.

Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.

The president didn’t say what would create more security in children than anything else — a father in their lives. Why didn’t he? Because the Left doesn’t talk about the need for fathers. Such talk is deemed sexist, anti-women, anti-single-mothers, and anti-same-sex-marriage.

But the Left does talk utopian. In what universe are children “always safe from harm”? The answer is in the utopian imagination of the Left, which then passes law after law and uproots centuries of values in order to create their utopia.

Being true to our founding documents . . . does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way.

That’s more left-wing ideology: Liberty means what you want it to mean. As do marriage, art, family, truth, and good and evil.

We cannot . . . substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.

No conservative could agree more with that. They are, after all, two of the most prominent features of left-wing political life.

Let us . . . carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

The president began his address citing Creator-given rights, but never mentioned either the Creator or Creator-given rights in what followed. So, too, he ended his address with a call to freedom that had nothing to do with anything he said preceding it. The address was about climate change, same-sex marriage, equal pay for women, and mostly, expanding the power of the state — not freedom.

The speech was not inspiring. But it did have one important value: It illuminated how the Left thinks.

— This analysis of the president’s inaugural address is Dennis Prager’s third column this year in an ongoing series, “How the Left Thinks.” Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His most recent book is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted