And so he turns liberty into a meaningless word. But it is there that the magic show truly begins. Once liberty is meaningless, how can government preserve it? Only by giving each individual his or her heart's desire. As Obama said, "preserving our individual freedoms," he said, "ultimately requires collective action." This is Orwellian in its reversal of language. Individual freedoms require government to leave us alone, aside from protecting our lives and property rights.
But for Obama, individual freedom cannot exist in the absence of government.
What of those individuals who define liberty in the way the founders defined it? In Obama's Orwellian world, they are anti-liberty, because government is liberty. Obama used the phrase "We, the people" -- the first words of the Constitution -- no less than five times. Each time, substituting "government" would have been more accurate. For example, "We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity." How? Via government redistributionism. "We, the people," said Obama, "will respond to the threat of climate change." How? Through the government.
Government is liberty. Freedom is tyranny. Individualism is collectivism.
And the Constitution is meaningless unless it is being wielded as a club against those who actually value the founding ideology for which it stands.
Welcome to Barack Obama's second term.