Dobson’s Lament: Obama Is No Reagan

The Council for National Policy is a notoriously secretive organization, so it came as a bit of a surprise to see that Focus on the Family had posted video of the entire speech that James Dobson recently delivered at the group’s annual meeting when he accepted the “Ronald Reagan Lifetime Achievement Award.”

For the majority of the speech, Dobson recounted his personal history in light of the difficulties those who share his right-wing views and values faced in the 1960s and 1970s and contrasted that with the joy they felt with the election of Ronald Reagan.  Toward the end of his remarks, Dobson turned to the current political environment, lamenting that President Obama is opposed to everything that Ronald Reagan stood for, alleged that Obama believes in “peace through appeasement” with the nation’s enemies and compared him to Neville Chamberlain, and declared that the nation is in “greater danger, right now I think, than at any time since the Civil War.”

Dobson closed by laying out the recipe for conservative (and Republican) political success in the coming elections and “save America from national disaster,” warning that efforts to purge the Religious Right from the GOP will lead to disaster and proclaiming that what the movement needs “are political candidates who love conservative principles, who believe in them, who can articulate and defend them to the public, men and women who cherish liberty and are willing to give their very lives for it, and will oppose the evil of liberalism, and will speak with conviction about the institutions of marriage and parenting, and will revere and uphold free enterprise and defend the Constitution.  If American patriots will do this and then bathe their efforts in prayer, as did the Founding Fathers, then they will restore our country to its heritage and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”: