|President Barack Obama|
"As wonderful as the land is here in the United States, as much as we have been blessed by the bounty of this magnificent continent that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, what makes this place special is not something physical. It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, '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.'"
Except for the obvious grammatical error "each of us ARE endowed," (should be IS), there was a glaring omission from what is otherwise a very patriotic and high-toned statement. Did you catch it?
When one consults the actual document, the Declaration of Independence, from which the President was quoting there is a glaring deletion. This is what the Declaration actually says:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
That could just be a slip of the tongue, or maybe the speech writers are to blame, or maybe it was willfully intentional, because it isn't the first time it's happened. It seems the "bully pulpit" of this President is dedicated to the deletion of God from our public dialogue.
Monday was the third time in a little over a month that President Obama wrote the Creator out of one of our nation's founding documents. He omitted the exact same phrase at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala on September 15th, and again at a September 23rd fundraiser in New York City.
I'm not accusing him of anything, I'm just sayin'. . . is he trying to tell us something?
If you want to revise American history in the hearts and minds of the uneducated among us, there couldn't be a more powerful voice to do it than the President's.