Today marked President Obama’s second inauguration, or America’s Nightmare Part 2, as Fox News is calling it. Surprisingly, the Kenyan Socialist didn’t use the time to declare how he’ll be sending Joe Biden to your homes to confiscate your guns and force you to listen to the Vice President sing Etta James. In an effort to boost marriage equality and tolerance, President Obama, instead, used a significant portion of his inaugural speech to decry the historical struggles of gays in America, while highlighting the need for equality. Perhaps a heartfelt “thank you” to the LGBT community for their support in 2012, as well as a clear sign that gays are Americans who pay taxes (sorry, Santorum, they also vote now, too) like everyone else, President Obama will certainly make bitter conservatives even angrier (spearfishing out of barrel anyone?). The fact remains that no president has ever addressed LGBT struggles so openly and with such emotional candor. It’s safe to assume that if Captain Capitalist successfully
bought won the election, we would be hearing a speech about the horrible struggles of your average billionaire, who can only afford one car elevator per household.
Here are President Obama’s key remarks on the struggles and rights of the LGBT community:
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm. (Think Progress)
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