The Sarasota Herald-Tribune is enthralled by the inauguration speech of President Obama. In their editorial, "Obama's presidential address: Inaugural speech reflected the times and challenges", they take quotes from it to make political points.
However, the very first thing they mention is President Obama is an African American. Gee, I thought we were in a post-racial America. That we judge a person based upon his character not his skin color.
Of course they follow up on this with Obama's quote, "our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness."
"It is, indeed. But as Obama learned as he came to terms with his multicultural identity -- and as the history of our nation has demonstrated -- sewing a quilt from patches can be a difficult chore." says the Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board.
President Obama does not have a multicultural identity. He is a product of the largesse and greatness of America. He is successful because he used the gifts given him by God in a society that rewards hard work. He is fortunate he is an American because had he lived in Africa his life would have been much different. President Obama does deserve credit but not for "coming to terms with his multicultural identity". He deserves credit for overcoming the negatives of growing up in a dysfunctional home, with dysfunctional parents. Thank God for his white grandparents.
America is made up of whole cloth. America is strong because we are a melting pot. Different people from different places come here to become Americans. When they are sworn in they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, as did President Obama. It is the ideal and idea of the American Republic that draws millions to our borders.
America is monocultural. We are one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all. E Pluribus Unum - out of many one.
Individual freedom comes from our founding fathers who gave us a Republic. We are not a democracy, we are a Republic. We are a nation of laws, not of men. Our founding fathers feared more than anything the idea we would some day become a democracy. That is why they wrote the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. For as history shows and they knew, democracies lead to oligarchies, which lead to dictatorships.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board quotes from President Obama's speech, "We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake."
The editorial board and President Obama have misinterpreted what our fore fathers intended. They intended we be safe first and foremost. Remember the colonies were under British rule and the British army and other mercenaries were here to enforce British law. Britain at that time was an oligarchy with a king. Our citizens were not safe from the whims of King George.
Freedom from government oppression was our founding father's greatest desire. Liberty was the ideal. Safety of our citizens was the way to that ideal. The Constitution granted the President of the United States one responsibility over all others - the safety of our nation. Our fore fathers required Congress raise an Army and Navy and establish post offices. Nothing else. The Constitution makes the President Commander-in-Chief. They did this to "protect and defend the Constitution". That is the oath that President Obama took. Defend the Constitution.
For you see without our Constitution there is no safety, without safety nothing else is possible. Just ask Israel.
Dr. Rich Swier is editor of Red County- Sarasota