Barack Obama’s socialist rhetoric has hit a new low, a terrifying new low, and has compelled me to rant. The following is an excerpt from a recent speech at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia:
…There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — 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. 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. (Applause.) 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. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires…
Ok. You’re right Mr. President, I did not get to where I am today without the help of others. I was fortunate to grow up in a supportive family, have solid role models, and attend half-way decent schools. I understand that many Americans are faced with greater challenges than myself. We can agree that life isn’t fair. Some Americans may have more opportunities than others, but every American has the opportunity to live a successful life, unaided by the US government. Professional and financial success is about seizing opportunity and always making the best of your situation. There are countless examples of “fortunate” Americans who waste opportunities and “less fortunate” Americans who seize opportunities. Entrepreneurs and successful business people not only take advantage of opportunity as it presents itself, they also create opportunity for others to take advantage of. When the government takes the fruits of the “fortunate” and redistributes it to the “less fortunate” they prevent the creation of more opportunity. Hand-outs DO NOT create opportunity, hand-outs destroy opportunity.
Obviously, this is pure pandering politics, and I’m sure the “poor me” population at this pathetic political rally loved it. It’s truly sad. Until those who believe this non-sense wise-up and take responsibility for themselves, they will continue to be “unfortunate.”