President Obama took the Oath of Office for his final time today in a ceremonial procedure in front of a watchful nation, laying out a fiercely progressive vision for his second term in office, embracing the liberal causes of climate change, gay equality, and gun control before an audience of hundreds of thousands of Americans, politicians and government officials.
President Obama threw in a head-fake to conservatives at the beginning of his speech, saying that “we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone,” before saying that the American government must lead the way on clean energy and gun control, and that freedom isn’t particularly worthwhile without collectivism.
“Preserving our individual liberties,” the President said, “ultimately requires collective action.”
President Obama defended big government welfare programs as enhancing American freedom, saying that things like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security “do not make us a nation of takers” but “free us to take the risks that make this country great.”
In a surprising turn, the President aggressively laid out the issue he thinks might be the most important facing the country right now: global warming.