Obama Anti-Entrepreneur Speech Harmful to Children
“– 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.”
The audience actually applauded as the president of the United States mocked the very concept of individual initiative, hard work and achievement that since our founding has driven America’s world-beating prosperity. But in this remarkable speech he did something even more alarming: he undermined us as parents by ridiculing the spirit of personal responsibility we try to instill in our children every single day of our lives. Don’t we constantly tell our kids that they can achieve anything they desire in life if they’re willing to devote the time, talent and sweat to make it happen? If instead we told them what Obama believes, our message would be, “it doesn’t matter if you get good grades; being smart won’t bring you success. Working hard won’t lead to rewards, so why put out all that effort?”
The Obama world view is the exact opposite of what we are trying to teach our kids so they will enjoy a happy and prosperous future as productive American citizens. He went on to say “if you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” citing a great teacher, those who created our American system, and “somebody (who) invested in roads and bridges.”
Well, duh. Obviously, some of us had great teachers who helped us – but they helped us develop our own individual gifts and skills, which we used to become successful. Obviously, our American system of free enterprise and free markets, which Obama’s policies are crippling, has propelled the success of this nation. And commerce obviously couldn’t happen without roads and bridges. But the taxes of we the people pay the teachers, and fund the roads and bridges. If it weren’t for us and the businesses we create, “government” would have no money at all to spend – on anything. So Obama’s argument is self-contradictory, because the very government “help” he claims drives business success is itself a product of individuals’ business success and resulting taxes.
And then his big finish:
“If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
How insulting to those who have risked their savings and poured countless hours of labor and sweat into a business venture, their own personal dream. Also it’s preposterous, of course. But here is the president of our country again promoting an ideology very dangerous for our children. If they carried Obama-think to its obvious conclusion, they would say to themselves: why should I even try to start a business if success has nothing to do with my smarts or hard work? I think I’ll just sit on this couch until the “somebody else who makes it happen” comes along.
Obama is here attempting to disconnect effort from reward, and that’s precisely what he is trying to do with his dangerous persecution of the very businesses that literally create the prosperity of our nation and us all.
Did you notice that he never mentioned the people most of us would put first on the list of those who contributed to our success — our parents? And there’s a good reason why. We parents are irrelevant. This president believes that government should be the parent, the sugar daddy, the enabler. This is evident in his online cartoon woman, Julia, who relies on the federal trough every step of her life. (See my blog post on this site, “Meet Julia, Obama’s Kept Woman.”) And of course, if you owe the government your success you also owe the government more of your tax money — that’s where Obama’s going here.
In the late 1800’s, my great-grandfather started a business in an ornate brick five-story building in a Chicago residential neighborhood. I have a photo of the building; like many of that era, the store is on the first floor and the next three stories are apartments with curtains fluttering in the bay windows. At the very top was “Overbeck’s Hall,” a huge space rented out for dances and parties. Painted in large, perfect capital letters down the side of the building are the words: JOHN H. OVERBECK PAINTING & DECORATING WALLPAPER GLASS PAINTS OILS VARNISHES BRUSHES All four sons worked in the business, either on the sales floor or out in the neighborhoods, painting interiors and exteriors. That the business prospered had nothing to do with the public street out front, or any great teachers they had – I’m not sure any of them graduated from high school. It was because the Overbecks were, as my grandmother used to say, “go-getters.” They had that old fashioned virtue called gumption. They actually thought that because they were smart, worked hard, and served their customers well, they would be successful. And they were right.
Joy Overbeck blogs about happier things at her quirky God site www.godsayshi.org – please visit and leave a comment!