In Barack Obama's second inaugural address he said many things that were quite shocking, but none more than connecting the Declaration with his own liberal agenda: "...fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedom ultimately requires collective action."
"Collective action" has always been Obama's goal; he just needed a second term to unleash it. At issue is the debate between the notion of equality of outcome and the notion of equality of opportunity. The former is what the Democrat Party is all about at its core. Obama is no centrist, no moderate, he is an unabashed liberal with a free pass to now unleash this collective core agenda on the America taxpayer.
Larry Kudlow pointed out last week that Obama "is arguing counter to the Founding Fathers that the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of equality of results, not the equality of opportunity, and that he will do what he can to use government to make everybody more equal in terms of their income and life work...it completely missed the point of the Founding Fathers some 237 years ago."
Our message should be clear: The Republican Party cares about 100 percent of America, and we are fighting for policies that will help America succeed. It's a hand up not a hand out agenda that has been time tested and proven to work when implemented by conservatives. We need to be the party of prosperity, success, and freedom. It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, what you look like or what your last name is. Because we will be a party for everyone, everywhere. And unlike Democrats, when we pat you on the back for your successes, we won't reach in your back pocket for a bigger cut of that success.
More Kudlow: "Collectivism also means, 'If you've got a business, you didn't build that.' During his second-term inaugural speech, Obama actually said, 'We do not believe in this country that freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.' Were Steve Jobs and Bill Gates lucky? Was Henry Ford lucky? Was Thomas Edison just lucky?" Equality of opportunity is the American ideal, nothing is guaranteed or rigged. Equality of results and income-leveling that Obama envisions, however, is foreign to America, it won't work, and it will ultimately destroy our country.
In today's political environment, I see no greater divide between our two parties than this debate over the proper role of government in the lives of America's taxpayers. If Republicans will be bold and stand for the Founders' definition then we will win over conservative Democrats, Independents, and libertarian-leaning conservatives, which will help us form a winning coalition for 2014 and beyond.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described Obama's inaugural speech as a declaration of the end of a small government era. "The era of liberalism is back," he said. It's up to conservatives to now unite and make this era of liberalism as short and painless as possible.