I know Obama is a deep socialist in the Alinski mold. I know that this makes him utterly unqualified to be president of the United States. I know that if the facts about his beliefs were actually understood he could not possibly win the coming election. I know that Obama does everything he can to hide his actual beliefs in every way he can. And I know he occasionally lets slip what his true beliefs actually are.
His “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” is one of those occasions. It is so revealing that as much as it has been talked about across the net on sites like this, it has barely crossed the divide into the ancestral media. But even so, it has shown a persistence that is quite remarkable. It has not yet fallen away into a memory hole that both the president and his media admirers would like.
James Taranto at the WSJ is, for example, on the case noting just how politically critical understanding this statement of the president’s is:
There’s a website called didntbuildthat.com with a variety of hilarious treatments of the Obama philosophy. Of course, whoever’s running the site didn’t build that. As he acknowledges, Al Gore did. And hey, remember Julia, Barack Obama’s composite girlfriend? At 42, she starts a Web business. Under President Obama, she didn’t build that.
Obama may be God’s gift to comedy, but Romney is right that the philosophical stakes here are serious. The president’s remark was a direct attack on the principle of individual responsibility, the foundation of American freedom. If ‘you didn’t build that,’ then you have no moral claim to it, and those with political power are morally justified in taking it away and using it to buy more political power. ‘I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,’ Obama said in another candid moment, in 2008.
And then there’s Rush Limbaugh.
That sound bite that I just played for you is 49 seconds.
It’s filled with ‘people ought to be ashamed of their success,’ in tone. It’s filled with, ‘You didn’t do anything on your own. You had help! Nobody does anything on their own!’ Everybody knows what this is all about. Obama is basically attempting to buttress life’s losers and say, ‘Hey, stick with me, ’cause I’m with you. You would be successful if it weren’t for these people stealing your labor and not paying you fairly and stealing your business and stealing whatever.’
He’s setting it up so when he finally comes to confiscate all the money that he can from the successful, he’ll have support of people who he’s told that this is moral. It’s only fair because these people didn’t earn anything. They didn’t work hard. Everybody else paved the way, the road for them.
Zombie at PJ Media also looks into the implications of what Obama said:
President Obama’s instantly infamous ‘You didn’t build that’ speech is a major turning point of the 2012 election not because it was a gaffe but because it was an accurate and concise summary of core progressive fiscal dogma. It was also a political blunder of epic proportions because in his speech Obama unintentionally proved the conservatives’ case for limited government.
And the comedian Adam Carolla also had a go picked up by Jim Treacher:
Later, the comedian called the philosophy Obama espoused ‘anti-American’. . . .
‘It is an anti-American — and again I don’t mean that in a terrorist sort kind of way, but this country is sort of built on pull yourself up, start your shit, stake your claim, do your thing, innovation,’ he said. ‘The folks that made it, so-called made, and again I don’t know why we’re obsessed with success, but the folks that have made it had help along the way — not necessarily true in many instances. Yes, you can count being delivered at a hospital that running water, electricity and you can count roads that worked.’
Ultimately, Carolla said, the president is simply attempting to pit the haves against the have-nots.
Even MSNBC includes a mention. It’s only part of the story, its impact effect is not great and they do try to wash away its meaning through an explanation but at least it’s there:
Romney also hammered the president — for a second-straight day — over the president’s comments Friday in which the president said (in part of a larger argument about the importance of education and infrastructure to the success of business): ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’
‘Barack Obama’s attempt to denigrate and diminish the achievement of the individual, diminishes us all,’ Romney said. ‘We all, of course, recognize the power of all of us working together. We’re a united nation. He divides us. He tries to divide America, tear America apart. He tries to diminish those who have been successful in one walk of life or another. It’s simply wrong.’
Most people are not political philosophers. Most people perhaps cannot hear this sentence for what it reveals. But it tells you something about the president who said it and it tells you something about a media that will not report it. These are dangerous times and the stakes are high.