From The People’s Cube.
As Obama’s “you didn’t build that” quote is being probed and analyzed, I’d like to point out that the idea of redistributing other people’s achievements is only a tip of an iceberg; its foundation sinks deep underneath the floating wreckage of American values.
Lest we take Obama’s words out of context and are accused of “swift-quoting,” let’s review the full passage. Speaking at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., on July 13th, Barack Obama said:
“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, when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
A friend with a PhD in mathematics made this comment: “We scientists say that in order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first build the universe — and that takes about four billion years. But that doesn’t mean we can’t build anything new from existing resources. So telling a businessman ‘you didn’t build that’ is pure sophistry. Such phrases have always been a preamble to looting. Coming from the President, it’s chilling.”
Now let’s put on our intellectual scuba gear to explore what lies beneath Obama’s superficial altruistic bragging, which until now has served him as an unsinkable platform.
Apart from the simple untruth that “government created the Internet,” Obama’s words boil down to the old collectivist bromide that the individual is nothing without the society and the state. As one would expect, Obama didn’t come up with it on his own. Standing on the shoulders of his collectivist predecessors, he ineptly restated Mussolini’s motto: “All individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State.” And Benito’s fellow collectivist Adolf Hitler agrees: “Our nation can achieve permanent health only from within on the basis of the principle: The common interest before self-interest.”
If the businessman “didn’t build that,” who did? Apparently, all of us did! And if the credit is equally shared, so must be the reward. Jackpot winners all! No more worries about paying the mortgage or filling the gas tank. This must be what thrilled Obama’s voters during the 2008 election, as his speeches removed old moral barriers protecting other people’s property and made it available to all, establishing a new morality of forced redistribution of wealth, previously known as looting. (continue reading here)