US Constitution Project, Inc.

Our goal:
Inform every American of the threat of progressivism to our Constitution and sovereignty.

 


 

Presidents - Washington to Obama

Washington's Inauguration - April 30, 1789

Read Washington's Inaugural Address of the same date. No audio equipment was available.

John F. Kennedy Inaugural Speech

(Full-screen option is available on videos on this page.)

 

As you listen to the JFK inaugural speech, please make note these three comments and compare #3 to Obama's ideal - #4:

  1. '. . . the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.'
  2. 'The world is very different now . . .'
  3. 'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.'
  4. Compare JFK's admonition to Barack Obama's 'Life of Julia', 50 years later wherein this imaginary female did nothing for her country, but relied on the government from time to time from childhood to old age.

Over the decades, people were sometimes unaware of which philosophy their candidate held. JFK wanted us to know exactly where he stood:

  1. The Declaration of Independence identifies our natural rights and our Constitution guarantees each citizen a number of specific rights, progressives believe that only governments can grant rights. JFK came down solidly on the side of the Founders.
  2. Woodrow Wilson's excuse for dismissing the constitution was that the world is different now than it was when the constitution was written. JFK dismissed Wilson's excuse.
  3. JFK's third quotation was a promotion of patriotism and personal responsibility.

Ronald Reagan's 'A Time for Choosing' Speech

On behalf of Barry Goldwater - October 27, 1964

 

Presidents who disdained the US Constitution,
but nevertheless took the oath of office to uphold it.
Woodrow Wilson - then

Before becoming the twenty-eighth president of the US, he was a professor, president of Princeton University and Governor of New Jersey. A copy of the book The New Freedom, an edited collection of his campaign speeches, is available on this web site. You can read his opinions about the constitution commencing at this point, or the entire book, The New Freedom, if you wish. Specifically, (a) he belittled the concept of natural law; e.g. individual rights, and (b) he disagreed with the constitution's checks and balances.

Barack Obama - now

Space In this radio interview in 2001, Obama criticizes the supreme court, stating that "It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution", and complains that "generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf." Compare that to JFK's 'ask not what your country can do for you'.