If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive…. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. –President Obama
Really? How the hell would Obama know? He’s worked in either government or the academy or as a community agitator for leftist groups his entire adult life. He has no idea how hard businessmen work to create their businesses. Not only has he never started a business, he has barely worked for one. Neither he, nor his wife, nor his mother, nor his alcoholic bigamist father ever ran a friggin’ thing. True, his grandmother ran a bank, and he was so impressed by this that he defamed her as she lay on her death-bed during his famous race speech a few years ago.
Now, it’s true, we all live in a web of inheritance and obligation. We are gifted by our ancestors with our laws, much of our infrastructure, our national habits, our safety from long-defeated foreign tyrannies, and much else. And, even in this lifetime, we benefit from the sacrifices of our parents, of the men in uniform, of the great discoveries and inventions that present day geniuses usher into existence, and, in many important respects, society is a partnership in which we all live interdependently. And one may even observe, as a believer, that our property and talents and very humanity are a gift, and all of these things are all held in trust to our Creator, who granted us everything ultimately to participate in a divine plan ordered for our benefit.
With all those caveats, none of this obeisance to tradition or family or God is present in Obama’s inhuman assault on individual talent and effort. He denies individual talent and effort. He denies enterprise and singularity and hard work and vision. His God is government, and his talk of human cooperation is really a paean to a sought-after and thoroughly un-American government organized around the goal of wealth redistribution. After all, your business isn’t yours; the government made it possible, so it can take as much or as little as it wants, and if you complain you are simply an ungrateful and arrogant bastard.
The fact that some people are enterprising, risk-taking, and energetic–and others are not–has no bearing on Obama’s vision. We’re to believe in nothing, least of all ourselves and our efforts. We’re to have no respect for the businesses that others create that a far more substantial number of people benefit from. Those that think they’re different (and who have the temerity to think they’re worth more money for their more productive economic activity) are misunderstanding things. We’re just supposed to fade away into a mediocre stew of consumers and passive takers of government services. After all, it is government and its workers that make everything possible and who can take credit for all of the hard work and inventions and risk-taking that small sliver of society, the heroic entrepreneurs, give us. We can now forget Thomas Edison and John Garand and Steve Jobs who gave us the he Light Bulb and the M1 and the iPhone. They’re no more important than the friendly folks you deal with over at the DMV.
This is not American talk. This is not an American political program. This man has no idea of what America is about. This is dangerous, communist talk straight out of the collectivist dreams of Marx, Engels, Rev. Wright, and his old leftist terrorist pal, Bill Ayers.