Recently there was a YouTube video clip commenting about the 20 second speech clip by President Obama in which he was calling for a new world order and that people were too small minded essentially to govern themselves.
It became relatively clear when the clip was "fact checked" that the president’s remarks were taken out of context.
The Tampa Bay Times rated the video clip as a "pants on fire" meaning that the clip was a lie or a distortion.
However, when I read the president’s actual remarks from which the "edit" was done, I found the President’s entire speech to be a lie when you compare his actions to his words.
While one may contend that the video clip was edited to take the president out of context, perhaps the edit reflects what this president is actually doing to this nation versus what he is saying.
The following is the actual text of the president’s remarks. The highlighted portions represent the edited portions used in the YouTube clip.
"Leaders and dignitaries of the European Union; representatives of our NATO Alliance; distinguished guests: We meet here at a moment of testing for Europe and the United States, and for the international order that we have worked for generations to build.
Throughout human history, societies have grappled with fundamental questions of how to organize themselves, the proper relationship between the individual and the state, the best means to resolve inevitable conflicts between states. And it was here in Europe, through centuries of struggle — through war and Enlightenment, repression and revolution — that a particular set of ideals began to emerge: The belief that through conscience and free will, each of us has the right to live as we choose. The belief that power is derived from the consent of the governed, and that laws and institutions should be established to protect that understanding. And those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men — and women — are created equal.
But those ideals have also been tested — here in Europe and around the world. Those ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign. Often, this alternative vision roots itself in the notion that by virtue of race or faith or ethnicity, some are inherently superior to others, and that individual identity must be defined by "us" versus "them," or that national greatness must flow not by what a people stand for, but by what they are against."
In President Obama’s two terms of office he has put into place significant structural changes to our economy and our society without the benefit of open and free dialogue and has disregarded virtually every constitutional safeguard to protect our people from an imperial presidency.
For instance, this President, without any bipartisan support, pushed an unread "Affordable Care Act" on an unsuspecting American public. He apparently knows more than the health care professionals.
When he decides that the Affordable Care Act has flaws, is not politically expedient for him, or does not support his agenda, he makes unilateral changes to the bill without the benefit of Congress. He apparently knows more than our founding fathers.
When he is not satisfied with the constitutionally mandated Senate approval process for executive nominations to public office, he appoints a political appointee using a deceptive, and later found unconstitutional, recess appointment. He apparently knows more than the Senate.
He unilaterally finds that it is important to trade one American soldier, potentially a deserter, for five known terrorists who mean harm to the United States at a time when the world is becoming increasingly destabilized with terror groups such ISIS. He apparently knows more than House of Representatives and our military.
When he is unable to get his way with immigration by constitutionally mandated processes, he proposes signing an executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants. He apparently knows more than the governors of the border states.
When there is a problem of a police shooting in Ferguson Missouri, the president intercedes with comments which seem to imply that the police are guilty without seeing any of the evidence. Apparently this President knows more than the district attorney and due process.
The YouTube video about the president was obviously doctored and has been rated pants on fire. Unfortunately after reading the president’s actual speech I contend that his speech should be rated pants on fire. In reality, the video reflects what he is doing rather than what he is saying.
Mr. President we rate your entire presidency "pants on fire"! Then again, he probably does not care. His actions show that he believes that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.
Col. Frank Ryan, CPA, USMCR (Ret) and served in Iraq and briefly in Afghanistan and specializes in corporate restructuring and lectures on ethics for the state CPA societies. He has served on numerous boards of publicly traded and non-profit organizations. He can be reached at [email protected] and twitter at @fryan1951.