But Wait! I Didn’t Know Obama was a Patriot!
February 7, 2011
In the wake of the illustrious State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama, only one thing remains clear about the character of this president – deception.
It has been known all along – from the time he won the primaries until the day he got elected president – that Obama will say anything in order to win the votes of the American people, regardless of whether or not he truly believes in them. Though we as conservatives have gotten used to this façade, Obama reached new levels of deception during his most recent speech while he was spitting out “American Dream” rhetoric as if he actually believed in it. The following major aspects of the speech have done nothing but reinforced the lack of credibility this man has.
With the economy as the most prominent thing on Americans’ minds, Obama had the audacity to claim that, “The economy is growing again.” What he failed to address, or even mention, was the recently released unemployment rate of 9.4%, which is a number that most Americans know is bad. Instead of acknowledging that there’s still a problem, he covered up the negativity with a claim that essentially everything will be okay. As the president of the United States, he should’ve, at the very least, brought up the fact that we are still struggling. Sincerity goes further than simply telling us what sounds good. The fact that Obama failed to confirm our speculations that the economy isn’t exactly booming concludes the assumption that he possesses no integrity.
One of the most hypocritical statements made by Obama during the speech included his claim that the government needs to be more responsible with its spending. While that is true, Obama never took personal responsibility for his administration’s astronomical, record-breaking spending throughout the past two years. Subsequent to divulging his intentions to spend less, Obama revealed his plans to “invest” in various things like biomedical research, information technology, clean energy, and electric vehicles. In Obama language, invest simply means spend, which means there will be no change in the fiscal behavior of the government. In simpler terms: one more lie.
It is known that patriotism has never been a campaign theme for Barack Obama, nor has he ever even expressed the importance of having it. Suddenly, however, patriotism was incorporated into the first half of his speech while he was spitting out lines like, “No workers are more productive than ours” and “No country has more successful companies, or grants more patents to inventors and entrepreneurs.” Many of Obama’s past speeches were laced with contempt regarding America’s economic system and simply the way we do things. Pride has never been anything to consider. Now, all of a sudden, beginning the third year of his term, Obama made the decision to acknowledge the fact that we are the best country in the world. Why now? It’s most likely a response to his declining approval ratings and the entire evolution of the Tea Party. Bottom line, though, he believes nothing of what he says. He’s still a socialist at heart, and his socialism was masked by impure patriotism; a blatant mockery of the American people.
While the entire State of the Union was filled with happiness and hope, the speech proved that Obama is nothing more than a body of lies. You could say that he’s suffering from an ideological identity crisis, getting his feet wet in conservatism or you could say that he’s improved his masquerade as an American and is doing nothing more than contributing to the ongoing deception of the American people. Since we know Obama will never become a conservative, or even a centrist, our greatest responsibility is to continue to recognize the many falsehoods that are being thrown at us. Obama won’t know what hit him.
Brittany Shann is a 21 year-old senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey studying Communication Arts with a Writing concentration. A life-long conservative, she hopes to study Rhetoric and Political Communication in graduate school.