inaugurate: tr.v. 1. To induct into office by a formal ceremony. 2. To cause to begin, especially initially or formally; inaugurate a new immigrant policy. See synonyms at Begin. To open or begin use of formally with a ceremony; dedicate…
(The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, fourth edition)
Nothing was inaugurated today. Today was a continuation of what has gone before. Lest there be any doubt, Obama spoke of the “journey” not being complete, presumably the journey begun on his first inauguration, until a passel of governmental goodies were doled out, from his speech:
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. 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 until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. 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.
It reads like a liberal fantasy. Women are doing better in the workforce than men are nowadays. Gays are already treated equally, even to the point of being able to marry in many jurisdictions. Since the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution makes gay marriages in one state enforceable in others, then the gay cause is won. Perhaps Obama is tacitly acknowledging his utter disdain for the Constitution. Remember, he orders the assassination of US citizens on his own whim, with no due process and no legislative or judicial oversight, approval or review. He is a Mafia don parading (literally, today) around in presidential finery.
But read that last sentence. Nobody–not the government at either the state, federal or local level, and certainly not the parents, can ensure that children are always safe from harm. Can the government pass a law that prevents childhood cancer? I couldn’t protect my son from it, twice. And no one else could have, either. I know his reference is to Sandy Hook, but there is nothing that government at any level could have done to prevent the tragedy. The notion that it could is the nanny-state, baby-bumper fantasy that government is the solution to all of life’s ills run amok.
So the Great Orator has spoken. As always, his words are Sound and Fury signifying nothing.
Tell me again, what is the point of a second inauguration? He’s already president. He was in fact sworn in yesterday–the day required by the Constitution, so maybe he actually knows there is one–but was re-inaugurated today, so he could have his parade and pomp and circumstance on MLK day. But he’s no Martin Luther King. He’s a brazen political operative, ripping the Constitution to shreds, believing himself subject to no law of man or God.
Newsweek ran a cover calling this inauguration the Second Coming. Really. If you’re into such vivid religious imagery, I’d say it’s more like the coming of the anti-Christ.