Obama Occupies Traditional “Loyalty Day” Proclamation With Leftist Themes
Earlier today the Obama administration released a proclamation that presidents have re-affirmed since 1959 when Congress called for Eisenhower to declare May 1st “Loyalty Day” and set down the American principles that go contrary to the socialist and Marxist goals of the traditional “May Day” celebration.
No doubt the day will be remembered more for the death of Osama and Obama’s declaration than for Loyalty Day.
But a look at his proclamation offers some insights as to his goals for this country, and how they run contrary to our traditional institutions.
The proclamation reads as follows:
Presidential Proclamation — Loyalty Day, 2012
LOYALTY DAY, 2012
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
More than two centuries ago, our Founders laid out a charter that assured the rule of law and the rights of man. Through times of tranquility and the throes of change, the Constitution has always guided our course toward fulfilling that most noble promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve the chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. America has carried on not only for the skill or vision of history’s celebrated figures, but also for the generations who have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents. On Loyalty Day, we reflect on that proud heritage and press on in the long journey toward prosperity for all.
Notice the insistence on “equality” – no one would defend that freedom and the pursuit of happiness, but equality is more of a French value than American. At least as it was understood in the past, America affirms equality of a person before the law, but not equality of outcome – this is a very important distinction. He affirms that “prosperity for all” is our goal, but it’s never been such apart from freedom. Even in the Bible, Christ says that we shall always have the poor among us. The founders would surely have thought prosperity for all was a noble goal, but not if it had to be at the expense of freedom.
Notice also that he mentions “founding documents” in the plural. But he only mentions the Constitution – is he including the Declaration of Independence here, because most leftists deny it simply because it ascribes the source of our rights in “our Creator”. It’s curious he doesn’t name it.
In the years since our Constitution was penned and ratified, Americans have moved our Nation forward by embracing a commitment to each other, to the fundamental principles that unite us, and to the future we share. We weathered the storms of civil war and segregation, of conflicts that spanned continents. We overcame threats from within and without — from the specter of fascism abroad to the bitter injustice of disenfranchisement at home. We upheld the spirit of service at the core of our democracy, and we widened the circle of opportunity not just for a privileged few, but for the ambitious many. Time and again, men and women achieved what seemed impossible by joining imagination to common purpose and necessity to courage. That legacy still burns brightly, and the ideals it embodies remain a light to all the world.
It almost seems like Obama seems to equate the threat of Fascism to that of “disenfranchisement”. Although the injustice of racism and slavery was truly a travesty and a stain on our nation, was it as much of a threat as Nazism? We had an anarchist kill a president, and a communist kill a president, and a major Islamist attack.
How is the “spirit of service” at the core of our democracy apart from the military? Obama tries to embellish and muddy the term to include volunteerism. I’m not sure that’s in the founding documents, or at least the way he envisions them.In this, he is trying to elevate his “service” as a community organizer up to that of those who fought on battlefields to defend our freedoms. How humble and grateful of him.
He also makes sure to toss in there his campaign slogan for 2012, “Forward.”
Countless Americans demonstrate that same dedication to country today. It endures in the hearts of all who put their lives on the line to defend the land they love, just as it moves millions to improve their communities through volunteerism and civic participation. Their actions help ensure prosperity for this generation and those yet to come, and they honor the immutable truths enshrined in our Nation’s founding texts. On Loyalty Day, we rededicate ourselves to the common good, to the cornerstones of liberty, equality, and justice, and to the unending pursuit of a more perfect Union.
This is where he makes the final motion to try to equate dying for your country with… community organizing. Obama has tried since the beginning of his term to keep pushing the citizenry to be less private individuals and more a domestic army for the state. Michelle told supporters they’d have to work for Obama more than ever, saying, “Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.” He called for, “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military. It’s odd also that he talks about immutable truths, when he has previously written that the founders were against absolute truth. And there’s that pesky “equality” again.
In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2012, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
He finishes making an oblique reference to the Declaration. I added emphasis to certain portions.
WHEREAS loyalty to the United States of America, its democratic traditions and institutions, and the liberties embodied in our Constitution is essential to the preservation of our freedoms in a world threatened by totalitarianism; and
No mention of volunteerism or equality – but the real threat of totalitarianism and how the entire world was threatened by it, and how the value of liberty is absolutely opposed to the imposition of a totalitarian state.
WHEREAS it is fitting and proper that we reaffirm by special observance our loyalty to our country and our gratitude for the precious heritage of freedom and liberty under law; and
Oh look again, liberty, freedom… no “equality” – but Obama was declaring it an essential pillar of Americanism. I guess he’s just smarter than Dwight Eisenhower.
WHEREAS the Congress, by a joint resolution of July 18, 1958 (72 Stat. 369), has designated May 1 of each year as Loyalty Day, and has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon the people of the United States, and upon all patriotic, civic, educational, and other interested organizations, to observe Friday, May 1, 1959, as Loyalty Day, in schools and other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies in which all of our people may join in the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and the renewal of their dedication to the concepts of the freedom and dignity of man.
I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on that day.
Freedom and dignity, not equality. No mention of volunteerism being the same as military service. I wonder if Eisenhower actually having been a soldier kept him from making ridiculous statements about the importance of community organizing. Eisenhower was facing the real and growing threat of Soviet aggression – Obama is trying to propel America into some odd vision of militant civic organization.
In those few things where he gives lip service to real traditional American values, his actions undermine the rhetoric.
Eisenhower and Obama both mention the rule of law, but does anyone imagine that Dwight would suffer the idiocy of an Occupy Wall Street movement, much less support it? The same is true for Trayvon Martin case – Obama benefited by the race-baiting and division stirred up, instead of trying to calm the situation and reinforce the rule of law.
Obama has shown that he thinks equality of outcome is a value worth sacrificing all others to. In praising Sonya Sotomayor as a smart Latina that would rule better than a white man, rather than depending on her judgement according to judicial precedence, he puts aside the rule of law. In encouraging wealth redistribution and punishing the successful, he sacrifices liberty for the sake of equality – even going so far as admitting it won’t actually help the debt or deficit. In seeking after socialized healthcare, again he denies our liberty to pick and choose what’s best for us, and imposes an unconstitutional law for the sake of equality.
Obama shows what his agenda really is, and this proclamation is a small but telling reflection of what Obama’s values are, in contrast to America’s values.