From the January 2009 Idaho Observer:


If only it were true

Obama’s inaugural speech was strongly spoken and flawlessly delivered as he assumed the office of president during one of this nation’s darkest hours. History has demonstrated that political speeches are intended to ilicit emotional responses from masses of people—not appeal to their intellects. While we all hope for relief from perpetual war, an ever-worsening economy and increasingly oppressive government, Obama has promised no such relief. Time will tell, but the "Obama plan" appears to be part of the "Biden plan" that is intended to cause a dramatic acceleration of our present problems.

By The Idaho Observer

Perhaps no other event in world history has garnered so much enraptured attention as the inauguration of Barack Obama. In addition to the estimated 1.4 million people assembled on the Capitol Mall, people gathered in venues around the country and around the world to witness the event. As a refreshing change from his predecessor, Obama eloquently delivered his first oration with apparent sincerity and a message of hope and challenge and possibilities. Millions, if not billions of people stood enchanted, many to tears, that we would awaken from the nightmare of our times to a new day.

As beautiful and full of promise as it may have been, we must hearken back to other speeches by other politicians, such as annual "State of the Union" addresses—essentially cheerleading sessions—almost none of which ever come true. As the afterglow of the inauguration fades and the dream of hope and change awakens to reality, what will we see?

Excerpts from Obama’s

inaugural address

Excerpted below are some of the highlights of Obama’s inaugural speech that might well fulfill humanity’s hopes and dreams—if only it were true…

"Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.

"The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents…

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met…

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics…

"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness…

"This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat; of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed…

"Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity to courage. What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them; that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply…

"As for our common defense, we reject as false, the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake…

"And so, to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more…

"And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace…

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist…

"Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old…

"These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

"What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and the promise of citizenship…

"In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by nine campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood.

"At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.’

"America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words; with hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come; let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

"Thank you. God bless you.

"And God bless the United States of America."

His right-hand-man

Beside Obama, as he spoke this eloquent testament of our past and our promise, was the new vice-President Joe Biden. Biden, a long entrenched politico in the D.C. establishment, has also spoken to America’s future.

Over three days in 1992 (June 29-July 1), then Senator Biden (D-DE) delivered speeches before the United States Senate. He titled them: "The Threshold of the New World Order: The Wilsonian Vision and American Foreign Policy in the 1990s and Beyond." and "American Agenda for the New World Order." Almost two decades has passed since these speeches. Pay careful attention to how much of these proposals by the new president’s right-hand-man have come to pass. Pay even closer attention to what is yet to be achieved as the nation is mesmerized in this inaugural moment.

On the first day of his pro-NWO speeches in 1992, Biden addressed the Senate president:

"Mr. President, I will this week, on three separate occasions, seek the indulgence of the Senate to speak for the better part of an hour on each occasion. The reason is that I believe we are on the threshold of a new world order, and the present administration is not sure what the order is. But I would like to suggest how we might begin to reorganize our foreign policy in order to realize the full potential embodied in the phrase `new world order.’

"...I shall urge that we revive the concept of a new world order, rescue the phrase from cynicism, and invest in it a vision that should become the organizing principle of American foreign policy in the 1990’s and into the next century…

" setting an American agenda for a new world order, we must begin with a profound alteration in traditional thought—in the habit of thinking embodied in the terms ‘political,’ ‘military’ and ‘economic.’

"Central to this vision of renewal, I submit, is a clear conception of a new world order, though not because foreign policy is our preeminent concern—domestic renewal must be the highest American priority…

"Those in the Truman years who sought to resume Wilson’s work, the work of building a true world order, brought historic statesmanship to the task—the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary fund, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Marshall plan, the World Health Organization and a host of other worthy U.N. agencies, the Fulbright Exchange Program, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization the Organization of American States and later the European community—became their monuments.
Our challenge demands that we conceive a new world order that encompasses, and builds upon, the concept of collective security

"Politically, we must learn to gauge our national policies in their effect on global cooperation, and to evaluate our national leaders in their capacity to engender that cooperation.

"Whereas, our goal over 40 years was to check and repel, our aim now must be to include and integrate. If successfully accomplished, the integration of these states into the community of democratic nations would establish solid bedrock on which to build the new world order

"The central and agreed premise is that the great engine of transformation must be private initiative, and that our goal must be to foster the conditions and institutions necessary…

"In this task, there has been unanimity among western governments to rely primarily on the multilateral financial institutions. Led by the International Monetary Fund, and including the World Bank

"There is also consensus that the United States and others should supplement multilateral aid with direct assistance…which can be cost-effective in building democratic institutions, and accelerating privatization through such fundamentals as the establishment of legal codes governing business practice, taxation, and property ownership

"In the military realm, our agenda for a new world order is twofold:
To impose strict worldwide constraints on the transfer of weapons of mass destruction and to regularize the kind of collective military action the United Nations achieved ad hoc against Saddam Hussein…

"Of all the world’s multinational institutions—a veritable alphabet soup—only NATO has the ability to bring coordinated, multinational military force to bear

"Instead of tiptoeing toward a revised mandate, NATO should make a great leap forward by adopting peacekeeping outside NATO territory as a formal alliance mission

"A more pressing need, on which we should act without awaiting the negotiation of membership change, is to further empower the [United Nations] Security Council through the standing availability of military forces

"Our simultaneous task, in continuing to open markets, is to complete work on a regional trade pac—the North American Free-Trade Agreement—that would create our own common market with Canada and Mexico

"And then, the final and most expansive part of our agenda: the launching of a worldwide economic-environmental revolution...I will introduce the Environmental Aid and Trade Act—legislation designed to establish this priority in the organizational structure, and actions, of every Federal agency involved in U.S. trade and aid: the Department of Commerce, the Agency for International Development, the Trade and Development program, the Export-Import Bank, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

"Our task in achieving a sustainable prosperity for mankind requires a revolution in human thought—and deed. We need, first, a worldwide consensus on a revolutionary new direction, a consensus of which America must be a part; and the world must then act on that consensus, with America in the lead

"Taken together, the five legislative measures I am offering to support America’s new world order agenda can, I am confident, be an asset to an activist President."

[emphasis added]

Just wait, you’ll see!

Does Obama’s inaugural address touch upon his right-hand-man’s "New World Order?" Not even a mention. But perhaps it’s there anyway, in a different form. "New age" and "new era" may become the reformed, but none-the-less effective terms to, as Biden puts it, "rescue the phrase from cynicism, and invest in it a vision…"

Did Obama euphemistically "invest a vision" without mentioning "New World Order?" consider these excerpts from his inaugural address:

"Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age

"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America…

"And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age

"…that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace…".

Will Obama follow his newly taken oath? Will he preserve, protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic? Will he continue the reckless abandonment of the Constitution and its mandates? Obama answers:

"…that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply…

"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works…"

The future before us is, as always, uncertain. A wave of hope is washing across the sea of humanity. Will it come to rest upon a beach on the Isle of Paradise? Or will it crash upon the rocks of the New World Order, rescued from cynicism and euphemized as the "new age" by the messiah.

To the mesmerized millions high on hope, the subtleties and innuendos contained in Obama’s inaugural speech do not exist. Also nonexistent are the historical and political realities that speak much louder than emotionally-supercharged political rhetoric in shaping world events.

Several Obamatons we met on inauguration day were celebrating and realized we were not celebrating, too. When they asked why we were not celebrating, we gently attempted to explain but their emotional state precluded them from hearing anything we said or even countering our concerns. But with a confident smile, one nice, happy lady (who should have been old enough to know better) said, "Just wait, you’ll see."