It is in great dangers that we see great courage.
- Jean Francois Regnard, French Comic Dramatist (1655-1709)
I feel sort of sad for people who have their hearts so invested into Barack Obama’s presidency that they can’t break free and see the truth when the truth is undeniable and feel compelled to keep trying to defend the president’s statements when they’re indefensible.
In a rare moment off the teleprompter, we got a glimpse of the true Obama when he made the infamous “you didn’t build that” insult against the business owners and job creators of America. Here’s a typical attempt by a typical O-bot trying to defend Obama’s comment:
source: Chauna Lawson
(You ever notice how the Obama-lover feels compelled to make at least one Fox News reference in every comment they post on the Internet?)
What Obama said was:
If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
I’m sorry, but there’s no way to misinterpret that, and yet, realizing what a devastating glimpse his words were into the real, unscripted Obama, the Obama campaign tried to fight back by creating a commercial in which they claim the quote was taken out of context.
Like the good parrots they are, the Obama supporters mindlessly began repeating it: *squawk* out of context *squawk* out of context.
The funny thing is, when you look at the context of the full quote, Obama’s comments are even more insulting!
Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there.
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. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
Here we have the president of the United States mocking the people who have succeeded in America by telling us how he’s always struck by people who think they were successful because they were so smart and because they worked so hard!
Can this guy be any more condescending towards the people who built the businesses that made America the wealthiest nation on Earth? Far be it for any of you to pat yourselves on the back! Put it in context and his comments are even more insulting.
Moving back to the “you didn’t build that” part, I cannot believe the Obama supporters can say it with a straight face when they try to tell us that Obama was referring to “roads and bridges” when he said “you didn’t build that.”
Seriously? Wasn’t this guy supposed to be like, the smartest president ever or something? Wasn’t he supposed to be the editor of the Harvard Law Review? Do you really think the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is going to refer to “bridges and roads” as “that?” If he was referring to “bridges and roads” he would have said “you didn’t build those.”
Barack Obama’s argument is that all the things which allowed successful people to prosper were created by the government, but has he ever stopped to consider who paid for these things? Those roads and bridges weren’t paid for by a magic government fairy waving it’s magical fairy wand – who the hell do you think paid for this unbelievable American system that we have?
(I’ll give you a hint – it wasn’t the 47% of America who don’t pay taxes.)
Those roads and bridges were created by the blood, sweat and tears of the people who built the businesses which paid the taxes which funded those projects. Every single dime that funded our infrastructure was either paid for by the businesses and business owners of America or from the taxes on the income from the jobs those business owners created.
A lot of people theorize that Obama’s problem is that back side of a paycheck is the only side he’s ever signed, but all my life, I’ve either worked for someone else or worked independently, so I’ve never employed anyone or signed the front of a paycheck either and yet I have no problem admitting who the wealth creators are in America.
Why is it so hard for Obama to admit that everything that’s great about America was either created by or paid for by the private sector and that it’s the people who sign the front of the paychecks who have had by far the greatest share in making America the wealthiest nation on Earth?
Obama’s comments about the business leaders of America are so offensive it would be like if I were to look at the millionaire professional athletes in America living their lifestyles of the rich and famous with their incomes up in the top of the 1% and respond bitterly by saying, “They didn’t earn that, they were born with those abilities, someone gave them those genes.”
How bitter and petty would I have to be to suggest there isn’t anything special about the tiny fraction of Americans who manage to make it as professional athletes? What kind of jerk would anyone have to be to look at these great athletes who were smart enough to avoid the all pitfalls along the way and who worked hard enough to earn their spot in the 1% and try to minimize their accomplishments by saying, “There are a lot of smart people out there, there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there?”
What kind of asshole would try to deny the greatness of our professional athletes and the fact that they are indeed special? And yet it’s no more offensive than denying the greatness of the business people who sign the front of those athletes’ paychecks and who create the leagues and the stadiums and the arenas that made those athletes’ careers possible in the first place.
Sure, professional athletes were also blessed with God-given talent just the same as some successful business owners have had opportunities many of us never had, but there are almost as many rags to riches stories in the business world as there are in the world of pro sports.
How disappointing it is to see the same man who once spoke so endearingly of the UNITED States of America become a president who goes around the country downplaying the intelligence and work ethic of those people who built the businesses which made this country great.
Barack Obama sold himself as a uniter, but he is a divider the likes of which we’ve never seen. Even worse, these comments reveal the true Barack Obama, the Barack Obama who speaks lovingly in his memoirs of his mentor “Frank,” who turns out to be the card-carrying communist Frank Marshall Davis.
In Barack Obama’s world, all good things start with government. Listen, they already tried that. There’s a reason they had to build a wall and put up sniper towers to keep the people of East Germany from fleeing to the West. Why Barack Obama would try to drag us back over that wall to a world where everything begins with government is beyond me.