From Creative Minority Report with my emphases and comments:
Well, for all those who said it was just a slip of the tongue last time or that his speechwriters were to blame, Obama just made sure you knew that he meant it the first time. Yup. President Obama just omitted God again from the Declaration of Independence.
As Weasel Zippers said, “No denying it now.”
But while I take notice of what he doesn’t say, what he does say irks me a bit too. Check it out.
Just seven days after he sparked controversy by omitting the word “Creator” when he closely paraphrased the passage from the Declaration of Independence that says all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” [Perhaps the one quote people really know well.] President Barack Obama again omitted the Creator when speaking about the “inalienable rights” that “everybody is endowed with.”
This time the president was speaking at a Sept. 22 fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, and his reference to “inalienable rights” was not as close a paraphrasing of the Declaration as it had been the week before.
“And what was sustaining us was that sense that, that North Star, that sense that, you know what, if we stay true to our values, if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, [But they are dead if they exclude God. They are dead because they rely only on ourselves, on finite humans who, by themselves, cannot create or endow anything. ] and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class, every child able to go as far as their dreams will take them–if we stay true to that, then we’re going to be able to maintain the energy and the focus, the fight, the gumption to get stuff done,” Obama said at the DCCC/DSCC event, according to the transcript posted by the White House.Kinda’ weird for a practicing Christian like him to make such an error twice, huh? One would almost start thinking he was doing it on purpose.
Once you omit the Creator from a discussion about rights the rights are immediately quite alienable. They become merely common beliefs which can change over time.
But for Obama to say that the Declaration of Independence is there to give everyone “a ladder” into the middle class. That’s a pretty fundamental misunderstanding of rights if you ask me. And from a President that’s pretty scary.
Not a surprise, however.