Lacey Smith

The difference between me and Obama

In Current Events, Politics on July 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Recently, President Obama gave a speech that really has ticked off a large group of people – American entrepreneurs and businessmen and much of the conservative world.

He made the following statement:

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” (Via Washington Times).

Of course, this attitude is not new. This is coming from the man whose campaign slogan was “Yes We Can”.

Now, you probably won’t hear the rest of Pres. Obama’s remarks on any media outlet, and while it does not advance my agenda, it’s important. He said:

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.

On one level, the President is right. No one makes it on their own. We all had a hand up. But this is a common denominator. So what makes some people more successful than others? To quote the president “…we succeed because of our individual initiative…”

These statements put into words what the president’s actions have repeatedly shown us.

The president does not put his faith in the very same people who gave him his job.

If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen…

He didn’t say, “You didn’t build that on your own” or “Somebody else helped make that happen.”

Love it or hate it, the president said exactly what he meant.

Somebody else made that happen.

That’s the difference between me and our president. I believe in the individual.

Throughout the history of the world there have only been two options: liberty and slavery. Liberty always rests on the individual.

It’s not a “somebody else did that” mentality. It’s always “I did that” or “I will do that.”

Who cared for their poor neighbor before government welfare?

Who educated our children before public schools?

Who organized fighting fires, built roads and funded innovation before the government got involved?

That would be me. And you. And your neighbor.

It’s individual. And Americans always met that challenge.

Our president believes in the government. I do not. I believe in the individual.

If you are successful, it’s not because of the government. It’s in spite of the government. You are successful because of you.

And we would all be better off if the government would quit trying to help us and just get out of our way.

Individualism is one of the essential principles of America.

I believe in that. Obama doesn’t. That’s the difference between the president and me.

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