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My Take: An almost chosen nation
In 2009, President Barack Obama was sworn in using the same bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln bible will make an appearance in this inauguration as well.
January 19th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

My Take: An almost chosen nation

Editor's Note: Joseph Loconte, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at the King’s College in New York City and the author of The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt.

By Joseph Loconte, Special to CNN

When Barack Obama is publicly sworn in for the second time as president on Monday, he will use two Bibles. One belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the other to Abraham Lincoln —two of the most religious figures in American political history. Both men saw clearly the moral contradictions that tore at the fabric of American democratic life. Yet both also believed deeply in the exceptional character of the United States and the spiritual significance of its democratic mission.

In a speech to the New Jersey legislature on his inaugural journey to Washington, February 21, 1861, Lincoln reflected on Trenton’s heroic role in America’s fight for independence:

“I recollect thinking then, boy even though I was, that there must have been something more than common that those men struggled for; that something even more than National Independence; that something that held out a great promise to all the people of the world to all time to come.”

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Lincoln never doubted the universal appeal of the nation’s experiment in self-government, a “promise to all people of the world” that would endure across the centuries. Unlike modern liberals, Lincoln was no cultural relativist: He believed firmly in natural and inalienable rights that belonged to all people, from every corner of the globe, by virtue of their common humanity. Despite the cancer of slavery and racism that had infected the body politic, no nation was more devoted to securing those rights than the United States. Indeed, Lincoln insisted that America had a God-given role in advancing this cause in the world:

“I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people, for perpetuating the object of that great struggle.”

Lincoln’s description of America as an “almost chosen people” captured brilliantly the qualified and uncertain character of the nation’s democracy: deeply and grievously flawed, but nonetheless caught up in the righteous purposes of God. Unlike many of his religious contemporaries, Lincoln stopped short of identifying America as the new Israel; no spiritual covenant between God and the United States could be presumed. Lincoln well knew the capacity of religious zeal to poison our politics. Nevertheless, he insisted that America’s commitment to liberty and equality was consistent with the character and intentions of the Almighty.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, shared Lincoln’s political theology. In a way that many liberal and secular-minded Americans would now find offensive, King wielded passages and principles from the Bible like an ax to assault the racist assumptions that degraded the lives of millions of African-Americans. Like Lincoln, he appealed to America’s spiritual legacy in order to renew its democratic mission.

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In “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” King complained that African-Americans had been denied “our constitutional and God-given rights.” He declared that “the goal of America is freedom,” a mandate from heaven itself. Indeed, King saw the hand of God in the political fight to call America back to its founding ideals: “If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail,” he wrote. “We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.”

Modern liberalism scorns the very idea of “the sacred heritage of our nation.” It rejects the view of America as “an almost chosen people,” an exceptional nation devoted to political and religious ideals anchored in a transcendent cause. In this sense, Mr. Obama’s party, the party of liberalism, would not know what to do with a Lincoln or a King.

It is heartening, and symbolically important, that Mr. Obama will be using the Bibles of these two great leaders as he takes the oath of office. It would be more significant, though, if the president found room for their moral vision of the United States in his administration and in his party.

- kramsaycnn

Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Politics

soundoff (752 Responses)
  1. David L.

    Why is the Bible still allowed during this ceremony??? It's 2013. Time to remove that book of ancient fairytales. It is an evil and pervers book no parent should let their child read. If you have ever read it...then you know exactly what I mean. Why is a book of mythology used in this century during such an important event. Time to grow up.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    • Edweird69

      Agreed! And well said. However, the president gets the option of choosing (I do believe), as to where he wants to place the oath upon, or nothing at all. I'm not sure about that though. So, it's a personal choice of his. Please, anyone, correct me if I'm wrong.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:59 am |
    • HateGays

      Why are Abnormal* Fa*gs are trolling??

      January 20, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Hategays – we're looking for a battle of wits. Looks like you're unarmed.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • .

      "Hate gays" suffers from low self esteem issues.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • Edweird69

      I always find that those who protest agains gays, have much to hide. Everyone is on to the "I hate f*gs, look how normal I am" mentality. They know it's a big cover-up, as those who are comfortable with their s*xuality, have no need to make such a statement.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • David L.

      Hategays: You sound kinda cute! Let's meet over drinks and talk about how much we hate gays.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • HateGays

      Cant just imagine how you consider yourselves normal.., when in fact you are not...lowl**.life Di..*rt...sub.*humans..nothing but a DI.*RT... A.B*N.O.R.M.A.L....

      January 20, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • End Religion

      homophobes could be gay: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=homophobes-might-be-hidden-homosexuals

      January 20, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • HateGays

      Hey Fa.G.s, just check whats between your legs...use it WISELY....Du**M.B.S

      January 20, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Hategays – ok I just took a look at what's between my legs. It belongs in your azzzz.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • HateGays

      weird69, I said WISELY...in a NORMAL way...hmmm another H.I.V tainted G.A.Y. Brain in action..

      January 20, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Hategays – Actually I double-checked. Your hole is so loose, it would be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway. I think I'll pass, afterall.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • Edweird69

      I think he should place his hand on Osama Bin Laden's death certificate.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • Clint

      A very insecure man is more likely to have extreme prejudice.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  2. Thinkergal

    This sounds like judgemental drivel to me. There are always those who think they know better than the person charged with responsibility how the job should be done.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  3. Dr Matrix

    This author expects religious morality from our president when the religious leaders in the country fail to provide it. The president was elected to lead this country, not to run a tent revival.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • Thinkergal

      Amen, Brother.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Doug

      Many of our presidents have been adulterers, drunkards, liars and cheaters, so being moral has never been a requirement for being president.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Equalizer

      Why use the Bible, he should use a walmart discount coupons to swear in..just sayin.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  4. Farrok

    I really like President Obama, good luck Mr. President and have a second great term. Just respect the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • David L.

      Our founding fathers never intended for the 2nd amendment to include assault rifles and other weapons. They had muskets and bayonettes. What todays NRA represents is a perversion of the 2nd amendment. We need Gun Control NOW! I want strict limits on guns but that will never happen. The NRA needs to slapped down hard...but that will never happen as long as we have a large segment of people in our country that have double digit IQ's and are proud of their ignorance.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • HateGays

      mORON Arok.....musket, ar15 it doesnt matter...it is against tyrannical government..you dumb..

      January 20, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • HateGays

      sorry its for DAVID L.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • David L.

      Hategays: ....and you just proved my point. Thank you for commenting. Be proud of your ignorance.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • End Religion

      Hater, you're not Ted Haggard are you?
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/homophobic-maybe-youre-gay.html?_r=0

      January 20, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • HateGays

      nah,,,Barney Frank..lol

      January 20, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • EB

      Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  5. cat0325

    This is a SECULAR nation governed by SECULAR LAWS. The founders of our country had seen the result of having a government that was intertwined with religion and they did NOT want the same problems for our country. Morality comes from many other places and other religions as well as the Christian religion. There was morality and a knowledge of right and wrong long before Christianity was conceived. Our laws come from many sources – Hammurabi's Code, the Magna Carta and newer sources such as the realization that slavery is wrong and people deserve equal rights and equal protection under the law. WHY do some Christians persist in the belief that only Christianity teaches morals and that unless you are Christian you are immoral? Even the bible teaches that those who do good will be rewarded – regardless of whose name the good is done in. The fact that people have taken the teachings of the bible and twisted them and the message behind the writings into something that encourages hatred, judgment of others and a false sense of moral superiority saddens me and is the reason that people who may have been raised within families that go to church leave the religion in order to find a spirituality that speaks more about love, tolerance and inclusion.

    Our President seems to actually LIVE the intent behind the teachings in the bible. Love your neighbors, take care of those less fortunate than yourself, render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, judge not lest ye be judged, keep your worship private instead of standing on street corners to shout it to the world in an effort to gain recognition, look to your own faults before you complain about someone else's ... you know – those things that Christ supposedly taught (as opposed to the misogyny and hatred that the Pharisee Saul/Paul taught that makes up over half the New Testament). Those qualities seem to be right in line with Lincoln and MLK Jr.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Exactly. People came to these shores to escape the clutches of people like this who think their version of the myths is the only true one.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Charles Manteghi

      I thank you from the bottom of my heart, if we would see more people of your quality of intelligence in discussions such as this, we would have much better hopes for abetter future for our children and future generations.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • cat0325

      I, personally, am not Christian. Nor am I an atheist, Jewish or Muslim. I am raising my child with knowledge about as many religions as I can teach him about. That includes my own spirituality and beliefs. My child has gone to church with his grandmother, but I stopped him going when his Sunday School teacher or Children's Church leader told him that all other religions are false and people who are not Baptist are bad(among other things that suddenly came out my child's mouth). I did quite a bit of comparative religious study and it is my opinion that ALL religions are essentially the same when it comes to the basic rules for living a good life. The differences come down largely to matters of ritual and procedure as well as mankind's tendency to want to feel morally superior to other people and our quest to find reasons for that superiority. I respect ALL peace-based religions and their core teachings. I despair over what mankind has done to those teachings to twist them to suit venal and base purposes. Just as our experiences color our perceptions of the general world around us, our experiences color our understanding of what connects all of us to each other and the other living things we cohabit the Earth with. That doesn't make my perception right or wrong, or anybody else's perceptions right or wrong .. they are just different.

      January 21, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  6. Equalizer

    CHosen to have a 26 trillion Dollars DEBT in the next four years..

    January 20, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Doug

      It will only happen if the republicans don't get off their asses and do their jobs.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |
    • Equalizer

      and you M.O.R.O,N.S. dont control your spending..

      January 20, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  7. FredKelly

    I don't say this very often in response to CNN articles (particularly "Belief" articles), but bravo! Well said, Dr. Laconte. The liberal drive to secularism is indeed incompatible with Lincoln's and King's faith-centered visions of America. The left drives their 'social justice' agenda with manufactured secular-morality and decidedly non-Christian 'black liberation theology'; but they fight against the traditional faith-centered morality that made America great.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • End Religion

      Use all the code for your hate that you need. You religion is dying. Bye bye!

      January 20, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • HateGays

      Endreligion,,, are you a dirty GAY??

      January 20, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Edweird69

      @HateGays – I am a dirty gay. You big enough to do something about it? Bet I could kick your sorry azzz...

      January 20, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Doug

      " traditional faith-centered morality that made America great."

      Really you think having presidents that were adulterers, drunkards, liars and cheaters is what made America morally great? Then when you factor in how the Christians murdered and stole the land from Native Americans, throw in slavery it just further proves this nation was not founded on great morals.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • End Religion

      @Hater: another opinion piece for you
      http://gizmodo.com/5906144/homophobia-is-totally-gay-as-proven-by-science

      January 20, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • HateGays

      ok, ok, wierd69...bend over Ill just get my horse to give you some lovin...hahahahaha.. A.B.N.O.R.M.A**.L.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • Judith

      Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Hategays – no surprise you would want to introduce an animal into your perverted mentality. No thanks, I'll stick to N*O*RMAL... humans. Get help Mary!

      January 20, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • HateGays

      use your G.A.Y. dad...

      January 20, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Hategays – I've already used your dad. Please tell me, if you really are a breeder, you're sterile. That would be a lot to hope for, however. Last time I checked, it took 2 str8's to make a gay. You have yourself to blame for the very people you pretend to hate. Pretend? Yep...because you are gay.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • HateGays

      I there any TRASH bin where we can throw G.A.Y.S.??? thats where they belong...T.R.A.S.H...!...

      January 20, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Terri

      It takes a lot of energy to hate, what a waste.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:48 am |
  8. chiro2010

    Great day... Where someone can be re-elected by doing a bad job (at best) while running up the debt at a record pace (all the while blaming the guy before him). Heck... I was in the military... One of the 1st things you learn there is taking responsibility for your own actions. Apparently that doesn't apply to the Commander In Chief.

    Yes... Yes... Great day where someone gets voted in office by the biggest manipulation of a vote that ever came down the pike. As long as your part of the segment that looks like him, or are somehow likely to get freebies... Or want to make sure Romney didn't reform your bogus rights... Well then... It's all good.

    Thanks to all the stupid people out there. All the people out there that think about nobody but themselves. Yeah... Forget our future... That's not important at all. Good call people... Good call.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Charles Manteghi

      Wasn't it the military that was purchasing $2.00 hammers for $200.00 not too long ago? I am sure the reasons for it could't be so kosher. Shouldn't we blame those sorts of things for todays economical problems we are facing today?

      January 20, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  9. John Diomitron

    Why America why? As Israel went, so shall America for she followed the same path. Before that fate occurs, a prophet shall be sent to this nation for the LORD God does nothing in secret. He is holy, righteous, and just...AND HE DOES NOT CHANGE! His judgment shall stand and be executed!

    ELIJAH THE PROPHET RETURNS AS THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND! (see video on Youtube)

    REPENT!

    January 20, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • End Religion

      Your god and his only be-rotten son Jeebus never existed. Get a grip.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • HateGays

      then EndGays instead...

      January 20, 2013 at 10:00 am |
    • David L.

      John Diomitron: You Sir are... KOO KOO for Coco Puffs! You are someone we need to protect our kids from. What century are you living in? You obviously know next to nothing of the origin of your primitive belief system.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • John Diomitron

      Do you not hear the warnings (trumpets, booms, strange sounds, etc. as they have been called by some) coming from the sky here in America and across the world? Heed them and repent! (NOTE: Satan has his own servants who will hoax the real sounds to deceive others that this is not happening. Do you really think Satan wants people to think time is short? NO! But it is his time that is short.)

      Amos 3:6-8 – "If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? Surely the LORD God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The LORD God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?"

      I, John, must prophesy!

      January 20, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • End Religion

      @Hater: more info for you. It's OK, come on out of the closet li'l guy.
      http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-big-questions/201106/homophobic-men-most-aroused-gay-male-porn

      January 20, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • HateGays

      Sorry John, these D.I.R.T.S uses different TRUMPETs....

      January 20, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  10. Muslim

    You should be using a Quran my brother muslim..

    January 20, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      He's not muslim! Where do you idiots making this claim get your info from-FAUX news?

      January 20, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • GoodMuslim

      and where can you find a Christian that INSULTS the Bible like him...?.. He must be one of us...a dear brother..

      January 20, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      And how did he insult the bible?

      January 20, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • GoodMuslim

      Check youtube.... Nobody insults a Quran and still be a muslim..

      January 20, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • Charles Manteghi

      A real Muslim would not make such a suggestion.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:48 am |
  11. Dan

    10.3 TRILLION Dollar National Debt. . . Jan2008, Obama begins first term as LEADER of the nation. . .

    16.1 TRILLION Dollar National Debt. . . Dec2012, Obama ends first term as LEADER of the nation. . .

    16.4 TRILLION Dollar National Debt. . . Jan2013, Obama begins second term as LEADER of the nation. . .

    26 TRILLION Dollar National Debt at current rate of growth. . . Dec2016, Obama ends second term as LEADER of nation. . .

    January 20, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Edweird69

      Without taking that money, our country would have collapsed already. It wasn't an option! Why is this hard to grasp? When Clinton left office, our country was in great shape. W is the one who put this country where it is, Obama's trying to keep it afloat. Expect it to fail, as there is no known cure. And, Romney had no cure in mind either.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • Equalizer

      Enjoy your 2013 tax INCREASE wierdo...!

      January 20, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Doug

      The reason for the debt is we aren't taking in what we need to pay the bills, that started with Bush idiot. The budget was balanced before he took office.

      At the close of the federal government's 2011 fiscal year (September 30, 2011), the federal government had roughly:

      • $7.3 trillion ($7,319,000,000,000) in liabilities such as federal employee retirement and veterans benefits.

      • $18.8 trillion ($18,800,000,000,000) in unfunded obligations for current Social Security participants above and beyond projected revenues from their payroll and benefit taxes, certain transfers from the general fund of the U.S. Treasury, and assets of the Social Security trust fund.

      • $24.4 trillion ($24,400,000,000,000) in obligations for current Medicare participants above and beyond projected revenues from their payroll taxes, benefit taxes, premium payments, and assets of the Medicare trust fund.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Equal – your taxes didn't go up! The 2% break you got, expired. It was NOT an increase. You have to pay into Social Security. It is a law. It is your future. Are you thick?

      January 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  12. chiro2010

    Want to take this opportunity to thank all of you morons for re-electing this clown. Bravo morons... Bravo...

    January 20, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • Doug

      The one that is a moron is you with that stupid comment.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • Really?

      @chiro2010 Wow that's the best you have to say. Brilliant!

      January 20, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • Edweird69

      So what the Repugs have done? Let the economy collapse? Do you really think elitist Romney, or any other REpug would have made things better? Really? I was open-minded, and didn't hear one plan to help the middle class. Not one.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • End Religion

      Me too! You're right that Obama is doing a wonderful job.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • Parfin Woodell

      You are welcome.
      We will do the same in 2016.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  13. this essay

    is garbage.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  14. Kyle T

    Wow, this author has some pretty ridiculous assumptions about modern liberals. He says that modern liberals don't believe that all humans have natural and inalienable rights? That's a crock of something unpleasant. It is liberals who are to this day fighting for the equal rights of people such as gay people. It was conservative to oppose ending slavery. It was conservative to oppose giving women the right to vote. It was conservative to support racial segregation. It was conservative to support the ban on interracial marriage. It is conservatives who oppose granting gays their equal rights.

    He assumes liberals would find King's use of religion offensive; King was a PRIVATE citizen. He was not acting as the US government. Private citizens can be as religious and preach as much as they like; it's the entire point of freedom of speech and religion. What many modern liberals and secularists oppose is when people acting in the capacity of the government of us all beat us over the head with his/her personal religion. There's a HUGE difference there.

    I think this just goes to show how easy some PhD's are to obtain.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • akis lak

      ahh phd's are not an indication of having a good opinion. you can have a phd and still utter nonsenses. but you utter nonsesnses in a formal way so that they look meaningful. but still remain nonsenses. this is the age of functionalism. it does not matter what you say but how you say it.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • Rob

      Aw yes. Another brainwashedunquestioning follower of the Divider n Chief .

      January 20, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • Saraswati

      I know both "liberals" and "conservatives" who don't believe in natural rights. The concept is a quasi-religious one and as such will have more to do with your critical thinking skills than political stances.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  15. Andrew

    If ever I've seen an article lacking a point, this is it. A brief summary of what you've written here would go something like this: 1) Abraham Lincoln was pretty religious! 2) But not, you know, nutty about it. 3) Martin Luther King believed in God too! 4) Including in this passage I quote, but mostly as kind of a punctuation mark rather than a subject. 5) LIBERALS BAD. I'm pretty sure that if a student of yours were to hand in something like this, it would be returned in a sea of red ink; I know that would be true if one of mine did.

    You've completely failed to connect either of the men you've quoted to some kind of super-special Christian morality (As you've cherry picked, so could I with god-laced anti-American quotes from all manner of famous Americans) and you've completely failed to offer any kind of proof that modern liberalism somehow rejects God or, even more pressingly, 'wouldn't know what to do' with either Lincoln or King. The notion that the modern Democratic Party is anti-religion is as paranoid a concocted fantasy as the one that it is anti-gun. Liberals just don't tend to be as loud, arrogant, or inflexible on these issues as Conservatives do.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • Charles Manteghi

      If I see The word God written with a "g" and not a "G" in a paper, I would give it some red ink.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Edweird69

      @Charles – The verb is perhaps the most important part of the sentence. A verb or compound verb asserts something about the subject of the sentence and express actions, events, or states of being. The verb or compound verb is the critical element of the predicate of a sentence. It is not capitalized.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Andrew

      Charles Manteghi: boy, way to cut right to the heart of the issue there.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  16. Slidetbone91

    If Obama wants to be a great leader of the United States, he would practice what he preaches. All great leaders had the ability to unite the various factions within their government or armies for a common cause. He preaches bipartisanship but has yet to reach across party lines. He pledges fiscal responsibility yet continues to spend like he won the lottery. He does not lead through mentoring and coaching instead dictating what will happen without the consent of his government. People may not realize t but we are slowly losing our freedoms. As with each mandated bill he has passed, we are giving up more and more of our freedoms. If you choose to not have health care you pay a tax. Your taxes now pay for the irresponsibility of others in contraceptive care regardless of your moral beliefs. He has state that he would not raise taxes yet we are all paying more in payroll deductions. Sure everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of the success of the stock market but that does not pay our bills. I a reminded of how the left accused the right of laundered monetary success when the stock market went high. Today the left is praising Obama for success because of the same situation. It is truly sad that this country is so shallow to believe the string of lies that has come out of this administration.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      You are not paying more in payroll deductions. He lowered them when he got into office and now that temporary lowering has gone and they have reverted back to their original level they were when he got in.
      And sorry but the claim of no bipartisanship is false as well. Obama offered cuts in spending in return for raises in taxes for the rich and was shot down by the GOP each time. Whether you like it or not it was not Obama that was not being bipartisan there.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Rob

      Excellently said

      January 20, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • MarkInPDX

      This entire diatribe assumes that the other side of the aisle is willing to compromise, when the truth is that we can sum up the teapublicans in one word: No.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  17. Mike Texoma

    Mr. Loconte speaks of "modern liberalism" from the vantage point of someone who knows nothing about it.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  18. Jar

    Chosen nation with sixteen trillion Dollar debt !

    January 20, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • Charles Manteghi

      My Dear President Obama: Thanks God for your reelection, this nation would have been long gone down the drain if it was not for you and your heroic programs starting four years ago with what you were left to work with from previous administration and a very hopeless condition we were in at the beginning of your first term.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  19. William

    Considering the death rate of young blacks killing each other, the school dropout rates, broken families, incarceration rates of black men, how many are languishing on welfare and the crime statistics i think using Lincolns bible and MLKs is just showmanship. What difference is it when you take your bread from a Southern Dem slave masters hand or the one in DC? Blacks fill our ghettos and are only useful every 4 years than its back to the projects with them until the DNC machine needs them again. MLK and Lincoln both wanted independent and educated blacks who did not need help from any white man. Knowing that your human Rights come from no man or government and you are in control of your own destiny is freedom. They went from being abused to being used. No amount of props used during this inauguration or grandiose statues on the Mall will change that.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      To compare welfare to the slavery of the past is an insult to those poor souls that were bought sold whipped and killed in true slavery and is a sign of an ignorant mind.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Charles Manteghi

      Think not what your Government can do for you, think what you can do for your Government.

      January 20, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  20. cindy lou who

    tim...the truth hurts doesnt it

    January 20, 2013 at 9:20 am |
    • ed

      The truth is nothing good can come out of a lazy knows nothing done nothing but destroy a nation built by hard work and blod.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Timothy

      No, cindy you're just a piece of garbage that needs to be thrown away from this great nation.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      We will let you know whether it does Cindy when we see some.

      January 20, 2013 at 9:33 am |
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