Saturday, August 29, 2009

Obama’s Eulogy for Senator Kennedy: Bending History for Socialist Agenda

Gateway Pundit reports that the Dems are shamelessly politicizing Senator Kennedy's memorial service, "Of Course ... Dems Push For Obamacare at Teddy Kennedy's Funeral Mass (Video).

I'm actually intrigued with President Obama's eulogy. It's a solemn occasion, and the president struck the appropriate tone. But he too pushed the buttons of sympathy, and wasn't against redefining America's founding values in support of the Democrats' socialist agenda:

Through his own suffering, Ted Kennedy became more alive to the plight and suffering of others — the sick child who could not see a doctor; the young soldier sent to battle without armor; the citizen denied her rights because of what she looks like or who she loves or where she comes from. The landmark laws that he championed -- the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, immigration reform, children’s health care, the Family and Medical Leave Act –all have a running thread. Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections. It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow.
The "dream of our founding" has always been about guaranteeing individuals the freedom to live out the true meaning of our heritage: That every person was "created equal" in the eyes of God and endowed by Him with certain unalienable rights, among these, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nowhere in our founding documents does the word "equality" appear, and never was the notion of equality of result the goal of our founding. (It's not until after the civil war, after the defeat of slavery, that the 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution to guarantee the equal protection of the laws - and that was to remove racial classifications, not to guarantee equal outcomes across society.)

As Dennis Prager wrote in June, "
Understanding the Politics of the Left":
The left has its first president -- with the possible exception of Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- and for the first time controls the Democratic Party and both houses of Congress. In the name of compassion for the sick and the poor and in the name of preventing worldwide environmental catastrophe, it is attempting to remake America.
Yep, we see that, at the Kennedy memorial, in President Obama's nuanced but unmistakable push to foster the notion that giving "voice to those not heard" and "adding a rung to the ladder of opportunity" were the "dreams of our founding."

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