Brion McClanahan

During his 4th of July message to the United States, Barack Obama engaged in another round of historical revisionism. Many have probably not heard the speech—as of Tuesday, July 7 only 48,000 people had watched on YouTube—but the message Obama attempted to sell was a clear distortion of the founding principles of the United States. Uneducated or undereducated Americans, the products of liberal, politically correct “instruction” in most public schools, probably would not be able to challenge his slick, deceitful incorporation of the founding generation into a speech about big government. Obama was most certainly counting on it. This makes his descent into demagoguery much more problematic. If Americans cannot separate truth from fiction, and in particular recognize that the founding principles offer a clear refutation of the Obama agenda, then the United States will continue on the fast track to national socialism.

The tone of the speech was a militaristic call to action, as to suggest the men who bled for independence would somehow accept national healthcare, unprecedented fiscal irresponsibility, and the destruction of property rights through “cap and trade.” Obama seems to forget or conveniently ignore that most members of the founding generation favored limited government, and in particular a small, almost powerless, federal government. King George III would be envious of the powers Obama has arrogated to himself since his inauguration in January. The founding generation declared their independence from the king because he was not respecting their rights as Englishman, not to create something new in a time of “change,” as Obama suggested with the following: “They forget that we as a people did not get here by standing pat in a time of change. We didn’t get here by doing what was easy. That’s not how a cluster of thirteen colonies became the United States of America.” Certainly, winning independence was a difficult process, in many ways a miracle as George Washington suggested, but equating the noble cause of independence and a quest for the preservation of the God given rights of Englishmen with a push for unlimited central authority is a laughable yet frightening departure from elementary logic.


Brion McClanahan

Brion McClanahan is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers.