Yesterday, President Obama set forth an overarching agenda for his second term.  This agenda was clearly a hard left turn from the promised middle ground.  He addressed “climate change,” immigration reform, and “homosexual rights.”  Obama, using many historical points of reference, suitcased this grand vision in traditional American values.  Such statements as: "What makes us exceptional, what makes us America, is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago,” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” were an attempt to make a connection between these issues and the struggle for freedom and equality.

Though the president was short on details, he was long on picturing the struggles he intended to take on in his second term in an emotional light.  He called on those who did not believe in climate change to look at the evidence stating: “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.”  Promising: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,”

He did the same concerning the need to make immigration reform a main priority.  He said, “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity,” and, “until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”  I think Fahrenthold’s analysis of the Address correctly summarizes the president’s intent.  Fahrenthold wrote, “On immigration reform, Obama did not make specific new proposals. But he mentioned the topic, along with gay rights, among a series of struggles that sought to translate the Founders’ ambitions into modern times.”

We should not be surprised that the president mistakenly placed the struggle for acceptance by sexual deviants in the same category as the Civil Rights movement.  President Obama seems to not see any issue clearly, but this grouping of the Civil Rights and women’s suffrage on the same level was meant to grant political and social capital to a movement that has no real merit.  There is no way that we can say that being born African American is on the same level as being homosexual.

In the end, we have to ask how we got into this position.  We once again have to point to ourselves as the culprits.  We have allowed our emotions rather than the Bible or plain reason to be a guide for what is right or wrong.  I have explained in Obama Has Chosen Progressive Policy Over Progress why the president has chosen this tact.

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