Dateline: Monticello, Virginia, October 22, 2010: Thomas Jefferson has stopped rolling in his grave because President Barack Obama has finally restored the word “Creator” into the Declaration of Independence.
Our self-proclaimed “Christian” president, when quoting the Declaration of Independence at a campaign rally on Friday, October 22, in Los Angeles, finally (after three unsuccessful attempts) got up the courage to insert the word “Creator” — as in “…endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That is what the Founding Fathers would have called “manning up,” which now prompts three 21st century revolutionary questions:
- Why did President Obama finally program the word “Creator” into this teleprompter the fourth time around?
- Why did he omit the word “Creator” in the first place?
- Does any of this matter?
Before these questions can be answered we need to establish the factual record.
Wednesday, September 15: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala, Washington, D.C.
President Obama, when quoting the Declaration, omits “Creator” for the first time:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Here’s the White House video and transcript.
After the September 15 speech, Fox News reported the White House said that “President Obama went off script and ad libbed when he made that mistake.”
Wednesday, September 22: Democratic Congressional Committee Speech in New York
President Obama omitted the word “Creator” when loosely quoting the Declaration:
…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, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity … .
Here’s the White House transcript of the speech.
Monday, October 18: Democratic Congressional Committee Speech in Maryland
Once again President Obama omits the word “Creator” when quoting:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, when asked why the president did not use the words “endowed by their Creator” in his Monday speech, told reporters: “I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”
Obviously what was first reported as “a mistake” on September 20 was deliberate after the third omission of the word “Creator” on October 18. Surely President Obama, who taught constitutional law, understands that “inalienable rights endowed from their Creator” as stated in the Declaration of Independence was so revolutionary a concept that the history of mankind remains forever changed, and he knows the word “Creator” is the key component of that concept.
So now that you are up to speed on the historic showdown of Obama vs. The Creator let’s try to answer the questions posed at the beginning:
Why did President Obama finally program the word “Creator” into his teleprompter?
Since there has been no official explanation from the White House, I would like to speculate.
- When it was brought to the president’s attention that the White House switchboards were jammed with thousands of complaints about the omission, Obama was strongly advised that dissing the Creator, the Founding Fathers, and Glenn Beck listeners, all at the same time, was the triple threat of doom to his presidency.
- Obama decided that since he is a Christian he had better acknowledge the Creator since he plans on asking for some help from the Creator on November 2.
- Obama “went off script and ad libbed” when he restored the word “Creator” on October 22, thus making another mistake. So watch for the “Creator” word game to start up again when Obama quotes the Declaration non-stop during the 2012 campaign season.
Why did he omit the word “Creator” in the first place?
Again no official explanation other than Robert Gibbs saying on October 19: “The president believes in the Declaration of Independence.” (Which we all find comforting.)
So I would like to offer some plausible explanations:
- Obama knew the Creator was busy blow-torching the glaciers and would not notice.
- For Obama to say the word “Creator” means acknowledging there is a Being greater than he. Some of his critics think this is the root cause of the omissions. After all, this is the man who said upon his nomination in June 2008 that he was certain this was the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. Obviously there is an intense rivalry going on here.
- Political correctness: for if Obama states that our rights are “endowed by the Creator” he offends those who believe our rights are only endowed by the government.
- Obama was concerned the ACLU would file a lawsuit if he uttered the word “Creator.” After all, there was that pesky issue of church and state. On Monday, October 18, after Obama omitted “Creator” from his speech for the third time, and the White House reporters were asking about the omission, Obama was concerned the wing nuts might cause a ruckus. So he asked his attorney general to check on this “Creator” business with the ACLU. Sure enough, the ACLU told Eric Holder that it was illegal, or at least in bad taste, for Obama to read the Declaration with that offensive “Creator” word. However, since Jefferson wrote it before the ACLU was established, and because there were way too many copies floating around, they would give Obama a pass in exchange for an ultra liberal Supreme Court justice pick next time around.
Which explains why three days later, on Friday, October 22, Obama restored that problematic “Creator” word to the Declaration.
Why does any of this matter?
My 5th grade history teacher taught us that up until the writing of the Declaration of Independence the rights of citizens were granted by the king. But our Founding Fathers declared that our rights as citizens of this new nation were granted to us from our Creator and that was a totally revolutionary concept. After recalling my 5th grade history, I find it truly astonishing that our president can omit that revolutionary Creator concept three times and then restore it without any official explanation. Where are the Congressional hearings?
For without the word “Creator,” one has to ask Obama: From whom are these certain inalienable rights endowed? The government? A king? An emperor? Allah? Buddha? Aqua-Buddha? Congress? Democrats?
You can not have a receiver without a giver.
So according to our president our rights were endowed by a mystery benefactor on September 15, September 22, and October 18.
Then miraculously on October 22, the mystery was resolved when Obama restored that controversial “Creator” word to our founding document.
We can all rest easier knowing President Obama now acknowledges where our rights as citizens come from, so neither he nor the government he leads can ever take those rights away.
Update: As this article was going to print, it was reported that since Friday, October 22, Obama has quoted the Creator in the Declaration of Independence four times in four speeches.
Obviously our president thinks he needs a major intervention on November 2.
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October 26, 2010 – by Myra Adams