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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:04 AM

12 Ways Obama Smacked Down the Tea Party and the Right in Inauguration Speech

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/12-ways-obama-smacked-down-tea-party-and-right-inauguration-speech



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1. Reminding the nation who won the Civil War. On the eve of Obama’s second inauguration, civil rights leader Julian Bond addressed a crowd of progressives gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Peace Ball convened by the activist restauranter Andy Shallal, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, and a host of progressive entities. Bond spelled out the statistics of Obama’s 2012 victory for the crowd, noting that Mitt Romney’s voters were almost entirely white, and that the only states won by the Republican presidential candidate belonged to the old Confederacy.

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2. Reminding the nation of the history of the civil rights movement. The significance of the president’s first musical selection could easily be dismissed, had it not been for the fact of how it was bookended: on the front end, the invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of the slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, and afterward by the president’s own speech, in which he acknowledged the nation’s history of slavery. From the invocation by Evers-Williams:

One hundred-fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the March on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors, which has allowed us to move from a nation of unborn hopes and a history of disenfranchised votes, to today’s expression of a more perfect union.

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3. Reclaiming the founding documents for liberalism. The president didn’t waste any time plucking the heartstrings of the Tea Party movement, citing both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in the opening paragraph of his inaugural address. It was from the latter that he got the most mileage, beginning with his recitation of the Declaration’s opening strains:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Reply 12 Ways Obama Smacked Down the Tea Party and the Right in Inauguration Speech (Original post)
xchrom Jan 2013 OP
malaise Jan 2013 #1
xchrom Jan 2013 #2
malaise Jan 2013 #3
xchrom Jan 2013 #4
Berlum Jan 2013 #5
GTurck Jan 2013 #6
longship Jan 2013 #11
GTurck Jan 2013 #12
ProSense Jan 2013 #7
ewagner Jan 2013 #8
Hekate Jan 2013 #9
Jim Lane Jan 2013 #10

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:09 AM

1. He tore them and ReTHUGS a new one

and threw some jabs directly at specific people.

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:25 AM

2. you mean scalia's chapeau wasn't the Moment Du Jour? nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:26 AM

3. Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

What was that about?

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Response to malaise (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:34 AM

4. bad taste?

now this is a Hat

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:44 AM

5. Rightlandia - great coinage

Republicans have psychically vacated America for their own ugly fear-and-hate engorged Homeland which is anchored in the darkest nether regions of the soul: Rightlandia.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:46 AM

6. That hat...

is one I have seen on St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church. He lived in the 15th century so the hat says alot about Scalia's thinking.

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Response to GTurck (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:40 AM

11. Funny, Aquinas was from 13th century.

Thomas Aquinas lived three centuries before Thomas More, who lived in the sixteenth century and was beheaded during King Henry VIII rule.

Here's his portraiture -- yes, with the hat.

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Response to longship (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:36 AM

12. Right....

I was trying to write from memory but it failed.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:52 AM

7. Here's a really good piece

on the topic but with a broader perspective.

President of the Whole Country
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022237431


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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:10 AM

8. Nobody knew this better than Boehner...

...did you see him at the luncheon...he was defeated. He was lost. It was as if he saw the masses assembled, witnessed their joy and realized he is representing a losing cause...

When I saw him walk in to the luncheon, his gait, his posture, his demeanor....all reeked of defeat.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:13 AM

9. Read the whole article -- I think they heard what I heard -- it's Progressive, it's Liberal

It's Great.

With its elegant rendering of the liberal agenda before the eyes of the American people, President Barack Obama's second inaugural address was music to the ears of many a progressive. But to the ears of Tea Partiers and the Republican right, this inauguration speech, as well as the ceremony that surrounded it, was war -- not just a war of words, but a war of prayer, a war of poetry and even, perhaps, a war of song.

Driving the message home were the hands of the Fates, who conspired to see the second inauguration of the nation’s first African American president fall on Martin Luther King Day, the national holiday whose very creation was opposed by so many who still today comprise the Republican Party’s right wing.

Here we recount a dozen ways in which the president brought his fight to the right, in no uncertain terms, at his second inauguration.


1. Reminding the nation who won the Civil War.
2. Reminding the nation of the history of the civil rights movement.
3. Reclaiming the founding documents for liberalism.
4. Throwing right-wing rhetoric right back at ‘em.
5. Actually, you really didn’t build that.
6. Tearing von Mises to pieces.
7. Calling out the climate-change deniers with a call to action.
8. Spanish is the loving tongue, amigos.
9. Making the moral, patriotic case for the social safety net and against poverty.
10. Asserting the moral imperative of gay rights.
11. Calling for equal pay for women.
12. Shining a light on voter suppression.


And finally, the clarion call to Progressives to get off their butts and get doing. And he called us CITIZENS, not consumers.

The author of this article really did hear what I heard.

Hekate




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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:34 AM

10. Historical howler

Bond spelled out the statistics of Obama’s 2012 victory for the crowd, noting that Mitt Romney’s voters were almost entirely white, and that the only states won by the Republican presidential candidate belonged to the old Confederacy.


I always think of the Confederacy as "the South" so i didn't realize that Alaska (which was owned by Russia at the time) belonged to the Confederacy.

Arizona is southern in the sense that it borders Mexico, not Canada (or Russia), but even so, there was no First Arizona regiment fighting with Lee. Arizona wasn't even a state then.

Border states like Kentucky and Missouri famously did not join the Confederacy. West Virginia was formed from six counties in Virginia precisely because those counties did not want to leave the Union.

You couldn't even try to save Bond by saying it was just a slip of the tongue and he'd meant to say that all the states of the Confederacy went for Romney, because Obama carried (again) Florida and Virginia.

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