Obama’s 7 ‘Creator’ omissions (Part 1)
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas before us, we are reminded once again of the integrated ways in which our Creator has had a role in our culture from the beginning. But will it stay that way?
As far back as the Declaration of Independence, our founders affirmed together, “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.”
Almost 235 years later, however, some media caught how President Barack Obama twice omitted the words “by their Creator” when reciting the declaration in speeches over the past several weeks.
But I discovered actually seven presidential “Creator” omissions in just the past few months!
• On Oct. 21 at a rally for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle:
“None of us would be here if it weren’t for that extraordinary leap of faith that had been taken. Thirteen colonies deciding to start a revolution based on an idea that had never been tried before — a government of and by and for the people, a government based on the simple proposition that all men are created equal, that we’re endowed with certain inalienable rights.”
• On Oct. 18 at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in Rockville, Md.:
“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.’”
• On Oct. 17 at a reception for Gov. Ted Strickland in Chagrin Fall, Ohio:
“The idea of America has never been easy.
The notion of 13 colonies coming together and overthrowing the greatest empire in the world and then drafting a document that says, ‘We fi nd these truths to be selfevident,that all men are createdequal, endowed with certain inalienablerights’ — that’s hard.”• On Sept. 22 at a DemocraticCongressional Campaign Committee/DSCC dinner in NewYork:“And what was sustaining uswas that sense that… if we staytrue to our values, if we believethat all people are created equaland everybody is endowedwith certain inalienable rightsand we’re going to make thosewords live and we’re going togive everybody opportunity, everybodya ladder into the middleclass….”• On Sept. 15 at the CongressionalHispanic Caucus Institute’s33rd Annual Awards Galain Washington:“Over the centuries, whateventually bound us together— what made us all Americans— was not a matter of blood; itwasn’t a matter of birth. It wasfaith and fi delity to the sharedvalues that we all hold so dear.We hold these truths to be selfevident,that all men are createdequal, endowed with certaininalienable rights: life and libertyand the pursuit of happiness.”• On Sept. 11 at the PentagonMemorial in Arlington, Va.:“For our cause is just. Ourspirit is strong. Our resolve isunwavering. Like generationsbefore us, let us come togethertoday and all days to affi rm certaininalienable rights, to affi rmlife and liberty and the pursuit ofhappiness.”• On Sept. 10 at the president’snews conference at theWhite House:“With respect to the mosquein New York, I think I’ve beenpretty clear on my position here,and that is that this countrystands for the proposition thatall men and women are createdequal, that they have certaininalienable rights; one of thoseinalienable rights is to practicetheir religion freely.”Thank God that PresidentObama got it right July 4 fromthe White House’s Blue Roombalcony: “And here in a stillyoungcentury, let us renew ourcommitment to stand with thosearound the world who, like us,still believe in that simple yetrevolutionary notion that we areall endowed by our Creator withcertain unalienable rights.”When Les Kinsolving, World-NetDaily’s correspondent at theWhite House, asked press secretaryRobert Gibbs why Obamahad omitted “by their Creator,”Gibbs’ only explanation was,“I haven’t seen the comments,Lester, but I can assure you thepresident believes in the Declarationof Independence.”Is that a reasonable excuseand explanation to you? Isomitting “by their Creator” fromdirect quotes of the declarationin several speeches a permissible,benign act of the presidentof the United States?To me, it is not only what aman includes but also what heomits that tells you everythingabout him. As Leo F. Buscagliaonce said, “Things omitted areoften more deadly than errorscommitted.”Even more apropos words thepresident might heed came from20th-century American novelistWilliam Faulkner, who said,“Tomorrow night is nothingbut one long sleepless wrestlewith yesterday’s omissions andregrets.”Next week, I will not onlydiscuss another signifi cantCreator omission overlookedby mainstream media but alsoinform you about how you canjoin people like my wife, Gena,and me — including CharlieDaniels, Stephen Baldwin andTony Dorsett — in ensuring thatfuture presidents and generationsare not avoidant or ashamed ofthe Creator, in whom our founderstrusted in the dawn of ourrepublic.