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As Washington sweeps away the parade confetti left behind from President  Obama’s second inaugural, those who still honor the Founders’ vision of America  must hold fast to their conviction that our republic will someday stand once  again as a “shining city on a hill.”

Though the theme of Inauguration Day 2013 was “faith in America’s future,” the United States has seldom chosen a president more determined to separate the  nation from its traditional reverence for faith, family and freedom. The  proposition that individuals “are endowed by their Creator with certain  unalienable rights,” enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, is harder to  see in the vision of Mr. Obama’s America where administrative agencies make  choices for individuals, even down to the details of dictating the design of  everyday household appliances. Key to the transformation in the scope of the  federal government has been the relentless  assault on the U.S. Constitution, the mooring securing the ship of state since  its inception. As a former lecturer on constitutional law, Mr. Obama is well  aware that relentlessly chipping away at the founding document’s meaning will  tear away the country from a past that once recognized the value of  individualism.

The signature achievement of his first term, Obamacare, established the  precedent whereby the White House can force citizens to purchase a service that  had previously been a matter of personal choice. The health  care mandate goes so far as to override the distinct choices of religious  organizations, forcing them to provide contraception and abortion coverage  against their will. This is a clear attempt to undermine the previously  sacrosanct respect for religious freedom in American political culture.

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