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President Obama to Trump: A contrast in commencement addresses

Written By | May 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2017 — In his first post-presidency commencement address (he gave 16 as president), President Obama told Arizona State University’s graduating class of 2009:

“It may be tempting to fall back on the formulas for success that have been pedaled so frequently in recent years … you chase after the big money and you figure out how big your corner office is; you worry about whether you have a fancy enough title or a fancy enough car. That’s the message that’s sent each and every day, or has been in our culture for far too long—that through material possessions, through a ruthless competition pursued only on your own behalf—that’s how you will measure success.”

President Obama delivers his first commencement address at Arizona State University in 2009.

Obama seemed to be railing against materialism, but as a man of the left, he was anything but anti-materialistic.

As president, Obama lavishly spent $7.917 trillion, 68 percent of the federal debt accumulated from the time of George Washington to that of George W. Bush.

The political left isn’t anti-money; they aren’t a pack of San Francisco hippies. They love money as the ultimate expression of existence. According to Joseph Stalin,

“If the material world represents objective reality, it follows that the material life of society, its being, is also primary, and its spiritual life is secondary, derivative, and that the material life of society is an objective reality existing independently of the will of men, while the spiritual life of society is a reflection of this objective reality, a reflection of being.”

Money serves as a shorthand for the left’s “objective reality,” hence it’s only natural they would want to control money as a means of controlling its “derivative,” people.

Obama and a Democratically-controlled Congress spent vast amounts of other people’s money in their quest to control them. They passed an expensive and unworkable takeover of the U.S. health care system to squeeze them further.

Almost a decade later, those mere “reflections” of “objective reality,” people, have rejected Democrats and their version of dialectical materialism.

In a sermon delivered in 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. said dialectical materialism declared “idealism is wrong when it talks about the ultimate reality of mind and spirit … that the whole of human history moved on, driven by economic forces.”

He reminded his congregation that as Christians, “we believe that history is moved not by economic forces but by spiritual forces. We believe that there is a God in this universe, a God who loves his children, and a God who works through history for the salvation of man.”

President Trump delivers his first commencement address at Liberty University.

Saturday, in the first commencement address of his presidency, Donald Trump told Liberty University’s graduating class of 2017:

“When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times, because in America we don’t worship government we worship God. That is why our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say, ‘So help me God,’ as they take the oath of office … The story of America is the story of an adventure that began with deep faith, big dreams and humble beginnings.”

Ideological materialists who obsess over other people’s money forget that the American ideals of equality and individual liberty can’t be seen, measured or weighed, yet they allow a free and independent people to earn “big money,” work their way up to that “corner office” and afford a “fancy enough car.”

And some even become President of the United States.

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Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.