It had been just over 100 days since Bart Stupak exposed the myth of the pro-life Democrat (he sold it for a lie), Speaker Pelosi pushed through the single largest legislative joke ever foisted on a supposedly free people, President Obama broke another campaign promise…the one where he “would not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days”…by signing Obamacare into law just two days later, and future Secretary of State John Kerry made a killing in the big-Pharma (1) market based on his insider knowledge of the legislation that they needed to pass so that We The People could find out what was in it.
Well, that’s how I will always remember it anyway.
(OK, I shouldn’t dwell on campaign promises. In the grand scheme of things, that one is a rather insignificant little lie…especially not now that “liar” is about the best thing that can be said of the occupant of the office that once boasted the unofficial title “Leader of the Free World”. I would be surprised if even 25% of the MSNBC staff could get that one out with a straight face these days. But, I digress.)
Anyway, I thought this may be a good day to look back to when things only looked hopeless:
Four Score and Four Years Hence: The Optimism of Much Sturdier American Generations Fades Toward Black…?
(Ntrepid Redstate Diary, July 5th, 2010)
With the busy holiday weekend there was no “normal” or “schedule” to my Sunday morning but eventually I did get around to my habitual Drudge-Instapundit-Powerline-Redstate progression to get a feel for what was going on in the world. It was at that third stop (3) that Mr. Johnson directed me once again to the Calvin Coolidge speech marking the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (4). This time I printed it for a more proper read.
Packed with wisdom, warning, and optimism, I suspect the good Mr. Coolidge couldn’t even imagine a perfect storm of voter ignorance and apathy that could result in our current federal leadership triumvirate:
“Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken. Whatever perils appear, whatever dangers threaten, the Nation remains secure in the knowledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide an adequate defense and protection.” (Emphasis added)
Assurance? Confidence? Secure? Adequate? Not so much in 2010.
He provides some historic perspective…and we should fully expect the dismissive arrogance from
Lindsey Grahamour current aristocracy:
“But the preponderance of all those who occupied a position which took on the aspect of aristocracy did not approve of the Revolution and held toward it an attitude either of neutrality or open hostility…The American Revolution represented the informed and mature convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty-loving, God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed the courage to dare to maintain them.”
In looking back, he seems to be describing the more recent movement as seen through anything but the MSM’s narrow band make-the-inside-the-beltway-creatures-feel-better narrative filter:
“It was well advised. It had about it nothing of the lawless and disordered nature of a riotous insurrection. It was maintained on a plane which rises above the ordinary conception of rebellion. It was in no sense a radical movement but took on the dignity of a resistance to illegal usurpations.”
It is worth the time to read the entire speech.
Looking over the much underlined pages of his text this morning and other “printed” presidential addresses in my trusty notebook, the thought strikes me of how remarkably unremarkable in a historical context the prepared remarks have been to-date from President Obama. Beyond his now tired substance-less style, I suspect tomorrow’s historians aren’t going to have much to work with. Long after the spin of a friendly media [loses] momentum and the cold, hard perspective of time focuses, history will most likely not be very kind to America’s first occupant of the Office of the President Elect.
Barack Obama has a long way to go to catch up to Calvin Coolidge.
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That was before the Tea Party election of 2010. Now, in hindsight, that part about the “aristocracy” and their attitude of “open hostility” toward the revolution might just have a little more meat on the bone. I cannot help but wonder how much of the greater Ruling Class weren’t so much in the dark about the administration and the IRS and/or weren’t so disappointed that the Tea Party’s “resistance to illegal usurpations” was largely silenced during the 2012 election cycle.
That was also long before Chief Justice Roberts bent over backwards…signaling stronger allegiances…to seal the fate of freedom in American.
As we sit here today…fundamentally transformed…anyone that “remains secure in the knowledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide an adequate defense and protection” is probably foolish enough to have voted for Mr. Obama…twice.
Enjoy our Independence Day…while we are still allowed to do so.
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