“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me,” said President Barack Hussein Obama, “because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t – look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.” The date was July, 13, 2012, and Glorious Leader Obama was on the campaign trail in Roanoke, Va. His Oneness felt so emphatically that individual effort is meaningless – that you absolutely cannot have achieved success on your own – that he repeated himself. He went on, “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.”
The crowd of useful idiots and slack-jawed proles in the audience reacted to this declaration like a hamster pressing a bar for a food pellet: They applauded. Of course my effort makes no difference to my success! Only by sucking at the teat of redistributed government wealth can I possibly attain my goals! But Obama wasn’t finished.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” Obama proclaimed. Completely ignoring the fact that, while human effort within society obviously is built on the efforts of others, those others are paid for their work and do what they do for fair compensation, President Zero declared, “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.”
The preceding statement has been used to excuse what Obama said next. The quote that echoed so loudly with the American people has been repeated so often it is now its own Internet meme. For Obama, who has steadfastly denied that he is a socialist (going so far, through his surrogates, as to redefine accusations of Marxism as some new form of racism), what followed was a damning admission. It was, in fact, nothing less than naked confirmation of what Obama’s critics have alleged for the last four years: President Obama hates individual effort, hates the ideals of liberty on which the United States is based and despises individual achievers. He believes only the collective determines success and that your work, your struggle, your effort is nothing compared to the largesse of the state.
“If you’ve got a business,” Obama sneered, “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.”
Obama’s somewhat jaundiced rewriting of the Internet’s history is much less important than the fundamental point he was making. Obama believes all success comes from powerful, centralized government. He dismisses the individual. He has nothing but contempt for success. This contempt is evident in the earlier portion of the quote, in which he derides those who have built businesses as believing, wrongly, that they are “smart.” In Obama’s world, it is arrogance to believe your success in life is based on your own talents, your own abilities and your own labor. No, it must be that a teacher (duly compensated for teaching you) taught you to read, or that a road (built with taxes taken from your business and your household) allowed you to carry your goods to market, or that highwaymen and brigands didn’t hijack those goods because law-enforcement agents of the state (paid, again, through your taxes) deterred them.
Sniveling libs and statists have defended – dishonestly – Obama’s insult to small and large business owners alike. They have claimed he was referring to infrastructure (those roads and bridges) when he told businessmen, “You didn’t build that.” They have claimed that nefarious conservatives and Obama-haters have taken Obama’s words “out of context” and thus misconstrued them. This is ridiculous. It is so ridiculous, in fact, that images of Obama telling people they haven’t accomplished what they clearly did are now a running gag online. As Mark Finkelstein of Newsbusters points out, the “full context” for the quote only makes it worse. The lines of Obama’s speech preceding the infamous “you didn’t build that” line “make [it] irretrievably clear that he was indeed disparaging the achievements of entrepreneurs.”
Obama’s disdain for innovators and achievers isn’t even original. His comments were a retread of Communist-loving Elizabeth Warren’s earlier claim: “Nobody got rich on their own. Nobody. People worked hard, they buil[t] a business, God bless, but they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build.” It’s that emphatic “Nobody,” period, that cements Warren’s hatred for producers. And she’s not tried to walk back her Marxist prattle since she first vomited it on the American people. Quite the contrary; she’s proud of what she said.
The often maligned philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand once wrote an overwrought, preachy tome called “Atlas Shrugged.” In its many pages, Rand bellows her philosophy of capitalism, rational self-interest and limited government. What’s eerie, however, is just how right she was. In “Atlas,” Rand’s collectivist, statist, Marxist villains deride individual effort while paying lip service to American ideals. They hamstring American businesses with onerous legislation while demanding American producers “give back” more of their labor. They opine about “fairness” while treating society’s most useful citizens as criminals and miscreants, raising the idle, the country’s useless eaters, its mewling, entitled “occupiers,” to faux nobility.
In their words, in their stated philosophies, in their increasingly bold proclamations of what they truly believe, Obama and the Democrats have revealed the villainy in their souls. This isn’t fiction. This is the reality of the socialist liberals who hate what you have built … and who will take it from you by force.