Barry O’s recent insult to small business owners, ”If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” will likely haunt him the way this previous Obama insult did…“It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion…” Conservative media has already labeled the moment his ‘you didn’t build that speech’.
Much hay is being made already. I suspected this would occur the moment I heard it. In context the remark is softened to be sure. It’s still a telling moment. The reveal here is in his working assumption. His world view. In Obama’s world the people work for the government. All of them. If you’re a success financially you owe the government which allowed you to become successful. In Obama’s mind the benefit derived from any personal initiative must logically flow to the government. The tell is at the end. Somebody else made that happen. This sentence is as insulting and nasty a public remark as I’ve ever heard an American President make about people in his own country.
Un-American is overused. But it’s the correct modifier here. In practice we’ve passed this moment (Civics isn’t even taught in many schools any longer.) but most Americans still see the rightful place of the government as working for the people. Not the reverse. The government exists because the people allow it to…not the reverse.
As a New Dealer who has come to the conclusion that the New Deal is dead. (Hey, it had a good run!) it’s fascinating to think about Obama’s angry world view. It did not emerge directly from FDR. It is the voice of FDR’s angry, ungrateful grandchildren. FDR and LBJ said “We won’t allow the elderly to starve” and “We won’t allow the indigent, children and elderly to go without medical care or food” These initiatives have been mishandled and corrupted but the impulse remains civilizing. Obama’s impulse is far nastier. With the gutting of welfare reform, the promotion of food stamps and revealing moments like the one noted above Obama is reversing a Clinton era talking point: We want to give you a hand out, not a hand up. Alas, someone has to pay for it. Obama views entrepreneurs as a trust fund he gets to raid to buy votes. The tragedy of America now is that many, many millions also view other people’s success as something they are entitled to.
However, many millions more still bitterly cling to the notion that pluck and drive are in the American DNA. If someone builds it, that someone deserves the wealth it brings. No one, especially not the government, has a right to get in the way of the pursuits of happiness. Whether or not this is true anymore in reality is beside the point. Many assume it is.
Like his off the cuff remark blaming the Cambridge cop for Louis Gates’ petulance, this off teleprompter remark will haunt him going forward. The sound bite is damning. After a week of putting and keeping Romney on defense, Obama handed him the ball. Obama’s politically inept remark promotes Romney’s narrative up for him.
As always, the media will do what it can to minimize the damage. But the GOP and its off shoots have plenty of money this year. Expect You didn’t build that ads including but not limited to: Independent contractors, Mom and Pop hardware stores, inventors of all stripes, landscapers, restauranteurs, and lemonade stands.
- Is Obama Ripping Off the Mask? (americanthinker.com)