Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

Socialism III – Nailing Success to a Cross

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

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See below for update to post originally dated July, 20, 2012

Yes, President Obama may have actually done this in a recent campaign speech which I think will go down in history as one of the most anti-American campaign speeches ever written.  Unlike Christ, though, if we let Success die on a cross it won’t return on the third day.  In is address President Obama makes the following points:

  • America can’t cut anymore spending so we must raise taxes
  • The wealthy should pay those tax increases because they didn’t really earn their money.
  • No one is successful on their own initiative, drive and intelligence
  • Individual people don’t create the environment for success, government does.
  • Anyone and everyone who is successful, owes a debt to our government collective.
  • Our government will collect wealth from those who are successful and then redistribute it to those who they deem as needy and deserving.

The idea of the government centered nation that President Obama talks about isn’t a new idea by any means, it is exactly the same message that famous communist organizer Karl Marx promoted back in the 1800’s.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

It is however, a new idea for a sitting  US president to openly and vigorously promote government controlled collectivism as if it were the American Way.  Government controlled collectivism isn’t the American Way, never has been the American Way, and it is a pretty horrific thought to think that our President thinks that it is the American Way.

The American Way of Life is individualistic, dynamic, pragmatic. It affirms the supreme value and dignity of the individual; it stresses incessant activity on his part, for he is never to rest but is always to be striving to “get ahead”; it defines an ethic of self-reliance, merit, and character, and judges by achievement: “deeds, not creeds” are what count. The American Way of Life is humanitarian, “forward looking,” optimistic.

Will Herberg, Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology (1960)

Our government has never been the center of the American Way, nor the American Dream.  The very idea of America, is the idea of individual liberty, that is individuals pursuing life, liberty and happiness.  People have flocked tot the land of opportunity so that they may have the opportunity to flourish on their own merit, not for the opportunity to have government tell them what they can and can’t do.  People flock from socialist nations, not to them.  When was the last time you heard of refugees fleeing to the Peoples Republic of China or to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea?  People come to our land of opportunity because they have the opportunity to become successful, but if our government leaders eliminate the opportunity to become successful or simply demonize those who have succeeded, then America is just another hunk of dirt to live on.

President Obama’s perception of America is completely bassackwards.  Here’s some of his own words from that ridiculous campaign speech of his.

-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 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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.

ABC News – Did Obama Say, ‘If You’ve Got a Business, You Didn’t Build That’?

Most media, both mainstream and independent, seems to have focused on a single phrase,  “If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”   Even though it is ripped out of context, I can’t manage to blame them because it really is a pretty catchy phrase.  I know that I can’t read it without having the MC Hammer song “Can’t Touch This” run through my head. DaDaDaDa..DaDa..DaDa…didn’t build that.   But it really isn’t that phrase alone that bothers me, because anyone who succeeds knows that others were involved and that they have others to thank.

What bothers me the most is his backwards thinking that has individual success as the product of government instead of good government as the product of successful individuals.  Whether through taxes or charity, when people are successful at whatever level, they can and do give back to our nation.  From that individual success roads are made, schools are built and public servants are paid, but government cannot make us successful.   Government can burden us to the point where success is unlikely, but government can’t make someone successful.   If you grew up in America like I did then we all drove the same roads, paid the same taxes, followed the same rules and went to the same schools, yet we didn’t all succeed to the same level.

Success is the realm of the individual ingenuity, drive and perseverance.  When we teach our children that they must look to government for success rather than inside themselves, we have devalued the human spirit and set our nation on a road to ruin.   When someone succeeds in our nation I want us to look at them as a role model not a demon.  I want to look at entrepreneurs, inventors, industrious people, and leaders as heroes.  I want them to receive recognition, wealth and accolades.   And unlike our President, when I see successful people at whatever level of success,  I want to know what sets them apart, what makes them special, extraordinary and what makes them tick. I want to know that given equal opportunity, what makes them successful where others have failed.

We  owe much to those who have figured out how to succeed.  Ingenious, industrious, driven people figure out every day how to become successful.  Some do it with government help, some in spite of government help, and even more others who pull it off without any government help at all.  Some do it for money.  Some do it for fame.  Some succeed because it fills some need inside them to be the best they can be.  Perhaps it is the remnant of a prehistoric survival instinct?   I don’t know, but I do know that it is a trait that should be fostered, not bred out of our society.

And being bred out of our society is exactly what will happen if we all take President Obama’s advice to heart.   Imagine one of the President’s children coming home and showing Dad a great test score.  Then imagine how much enthusiasm they will feel towards future success after Dad tells them they aren’t that smart, that they couldn’t have done that on their own, that without help they would certainly fail and then has them sit down to write out thank you notes to the butcher the baker and the candlestick maker.  And I’m not saying that all the other don’t deserve recognition, but if you don’t recognize and reward the individual effort it took to get the great test score then don’t hold you breath waiting for more good test scores.

When we make success a crime and nail it to a cross for all to jeer at and poke with sharp sticks, who among us will want to succeed?  And when nobody succeeds, we fail.

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Updated 9/16/12

I had to add in this YouTube that I think was created a month or so after President Obama’s original you didn’t build it quote because the video is essentially acting out what I described in the second to last paragraph of this post.

Is this the direction we should be heading?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

 

stairing“Hu Xia was seven months pregnant with her second child when officials in Shangche township, located in Hubei province, told her she must pay a fine or undergo an abortion.

Unable to meet the financial penalty, officials at People’s Hospital gave her unborn child an injection on June 19. The child died two days later.

China’s South Metropolis Daily reported that government spokespeople said the woman acted of her own volition. But according to news reports, the mother lay motionless in bed, staring at the ceiling days after the “voluntary” procedure.”

www.lifesitenews.com

She was over 7-months pregnant.  Does anyone think she cares if the penalty was a fee or a tax?

Ensuring that nobody in our nation is denied medical care is one thing, but the setting out in the direction we are headed with President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is quite another thing.  His plan heads us towards a grim socialist future not unlike present day China.  We need to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, before it gets started and that isn’t going to happen unless President Obama is voted out of the White House.

The Fast and Furious scandal is turning into President Obama’s Watergate – Telegraph Blogs

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Fast and furious hasn’t been discussed a lot in the mainstream media, which is why the facts can seem so preposterous when you read them for the first time. But the story is slowly unraveling and the public is catching up with the madness.

via The Fast and Furious scandal is turning into President Obama’s Watergate – Telegraph Blogs.

I found this to be a pretty good synopsis of the whole Eric Holder, President Obama, Fast and Furious scandal so I wanted to share it.  My two cents on this issue begins with it being so difficult for me to believe that both our Attorney General and President could be this stupid that I can only conclude that they had ulterior motives.  And my two cents ends with wondering why so many are calling this a partisan issue because only Republican’s are calling for a deeper investigation, when the real partisan issue is why are Democrats not calling for further investigation in to a situation that has already cost one Border Patrol agent his life.

The DREAM act is Not The Issue

Monday, June 18th, 2012

What President Obama recently did by essentially authorizing the DREAM Act through an Executive order is not really the issue.  The issue is how he went about authorizing the Dream Act, not that he actually authorized it.  He usurped the authority of our Congressional representatives with his Executive order. 

Issuing Executive Orders is something President Obama has done on a regular basis since he was elected. These Executive Orders are issued by him unilaterally either because he cannot persuade Congress to agree to a particular course of action or because the Constitution of the United States prohibits him from doing whatever it is he wants to do and he feels it necessary to bypass, ignore or override it to implement his agenda.

Canada Free Press

We elect representatives to look at all sides of the immigration issue and work on legislation that best represents the will of US citizens and with a wave of his pen President Obama instructs the Justice Department to do his bidding rather than ours.

Imagine if you would, a city council in the midst of dealing with speeding issues along one of their busiest corridors.  Then imagine the mayor deciding, before council has reached a solution,  that the best way to deal with the speeding issue is to instruct the city police to not enforce any speed limits because, “after all people shouldn’t be slowed from getting where they obviously need to go.”  Our legislators are working through the complexities of our immigration issues just as the elected city council work through the complexities of roads and traffic loading and it is just as wrong for the mayor to bypass the council as it is in this case, for President Obama to bypass our legislators.  

Not enforcing speed limit laws is not much different than not enforcing immigration laws.  As I’ve said so many times in the past, a government that picks and chooses which laws they enforce, is just as guilty as a criminal who picks and chooses which laws they will follow.  In my opinion, President Obama is just as guilty of violating immigration laws as the parents who smuggled their kids into our nation in the first place.   And in cases such as this, where President Obama has bypassed Congress, I would say that his crimes are premeditated.

"We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won’t act, I will," Obama told students at the University of Colorado-Denver. "We’re going to look every single day to figure out what we can do without Congress."

USAToday

But, because it’s for the children, I don’t think that President Obama will be called to the carpet for his transgression, even if it’s not right and it is most probably a campaign ploy to boost his popularity with the Hispanic demographic.   And I’ll have to admit that it was a well played political move on his part because now anyone who opposes how he went about enacting the Dream Act will be labeled as opposing the DREAM Act itself and therefore must be racist. 

The fact of the so called DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is that it has had varying support from both Democrats and Republicans over the the last decade, yet didn’t ever pass completely.  This lack of passage is because many Americans and their elected officials, unlike President Obama, think that we must control our borders in conjunction with offering legal status to those who have already crossed our border illegally.   That’s where I stand; enforce existing immigration laws to reduce or stem the flow of illegal aliens into our nation, then use the DREAM Act and other means to positively integrate the new comers to our society.

Water is in itself a good thing.  Water is much desired if comes out of a faucet or bottle, but when water falls from your living room ceiling, the same “good thing” water is a problem, not a blessing.   Most of us would opt to fix the roof and then decide how best to deal with a wet living room.  But what we have in the White House is a politician named Barack Obama who is using his Executive power to actually order Americans to not call a roofer, but rather he is asking us to go out and purchase more buckets.  

What we have in Barack Obama is a politician, not a leader.