July 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Obama made the headlines last week, giving a speech from which a quote has been plucked and repeated, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
This is yet another example of a quote missing the context of the speech around it. We need that context, in order to understand where Obama was coming from:
“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 hardworking 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”
What this shows, that people need to understand about him, is that Obama never built anything, in his own life. He never really accomplished anything, himself. There really was always someone giving him a hand up, a back door to sneak through, et cetera.
Even more than most of the Political Class, he has just been socially promoted throughout life, and has no idea what it is like to create wealth for society with your own hands, his own risk, his own ideas, or any other genuine effort.
Remember, Obama has bragged that he wouldn’t be where he is without Affirmative Action:
“As someone who has undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career, and as someone who may have benefited from the Law Review’s affirmative action policy when I was selected to join the Review last year, I have not personally felt stigmatized.”
He had to worry about being stigmatized, because he didn’t accomplish entry into Harvard or Law Review. Affirmative Action gives people things they haven’t yet earned, robbing them of any opportunity to do so in the first place. So he feels impostor syndrome, but projects it on the rest of us.
Likewise, he didn’t fight his way to the presidency after a hard career, like some politicians. Even the better-informed among his supporters know he was the beneficiary of King-makers in the Chicago Machine and the national Democratic Party. So, even aside from the greater productivity of life in outside of government, he has no experience with creating his own success within government. Powerful men decided to make him their guy…and he want from unknown, to headline speech-giver at a presidential convention already touted as a future president, in one day. And it’s hard to imagine that his Senate seat wasn’t bought for him, the way it was to be sold to his successor.
And he projects that on you and me, on every productive-class American in the private sector.
Not only has he never created a business on his own, Barack Obama never even struggled to land a tough job he had to work hard to keep. Remember that job you hated, but still did well in order to make a living or gain experience? The one you tried so hard to land, based on your own merits? He doesn’t.
He has been socially promoted through life, and that’s all he can imagine for the rest of us. He knows his own intelligence had nothing to do with his success, and he never had a chance to work hard and see what came of that…so how could he imagine that these things matter?
I have accomplished things when I made smart decisions. I’ve failed when I made dumb mistakes. I’ve built things because I worked harder than anyone else, and lost things because I didn’t work hard enough. All of you who have lived outside the political class have, at some point in your life, done these things. Hell, many people in government have, at some point, in a lesser way.
But even the official Obama life story is one of being handed everything by a paternalistic collective.
So how can you expect him to understand anything else?