I watched and listened in amusement, disdain and horror as the 17th President to achieve reelection took again the oath of office. His discussion of upholding rights for all…WE the People, failing to acknowledge the individual rights we hold (or rather held) in this country; speaking of the collective. And never stating that those rights are natural rights, not something issued or taken away by government.
Constantly referring to our founding documents, as though saying those wise words would make his statements go down easier. Because the speech was about his agenda, not upholding a Constitutional vision for the Nation.
And the camera shots of the audience, obviously fans of the President, alternately staring enraptured and bored, speaking to one another during the National Anthem and the Benediction. No respect. Even one of his daughters was not paying attention and talking to her mom.
In 1951, Eric Hoffer wrote The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements.
The book analyzes and attempts to explain the motives of the various types of personalities that give rise to mass movements; why and how mass movements start, progress and end; and the similarities between them, whether religious, political, radical or reactionary. As examples, the book often refers to Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, Christianity, Protestantism, and Islam. Hoffer believes that mass movements are interchangeable, that adherents will often flip from one movement to another, and that the motivations for mass movements are interchangeable; that religious, nationalist and social movements, whether radical or reactionary, tend to attract the same type of followers, behave in the same way and use the same tactics, even when their stated goals or values differed. (Wikipedia)
I fear most of the persons in the audience were such people. True Believers. Folks who either love the man because he’s Black, or because he’s not George W. Bush. Or because he gives them stuff or money. Or who voted for him as an agent of change, out of white guilt. Hardly thoughtful reasons to vote for a chief executive. Many who now have taken note that the government is more powerful than any previous in American History. Not militarily, but in a domestic police role.
It was especially telling to have Senator Charles Schumer introduce the President. A man who needs no introduction to most of my blog readers. An individual rights bigot and hypocrite. Another True Believer.
The President did as he did last time. Instead of making an historic speech, he made a campaign speech, trying to sound inclusive, but ignoring the individual.
This was not unexpected.