Obama flies his true color: red
What else can you make of this speech by Obama:
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.
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
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.
Why Obama is wrong
Obama forgets, if he ever knew, that successful people do what they do with the voluntary consent of every person with whom they deal. That includes the voluntary consent of those who hire him when he starts, the voluntary consent of those who work for him today, and the voluntary consent of any people who buy his product or service.
The examples that Obama gave, in the only world that he knows, are
government services. (And some of them are not always government
services at that.) He cites teachers, road builders, bridge builders,
and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that gave us what
became the Internet.
As to the Internet: the Department of Defense needed to have its
computers keep talking to one another even after a devastating attack
from the air or from space. They developed a new networking method that
civilians could use just as easily. The Internet is a by-product of one
of the three proper functions of government, and grew out of the
government’s basic mission. That mission is to manage force and to apply it to protect people’s rights.
Furthermore, when a person sets out to start a business, he, or someone close to him, has already paid
the teacher, the road and bridge builder, and the technicians at DARPA
who built the Internet. And anything else that the government “gave” the
people, whether as a proper function of government or not.
Obama’s treatment of fire fighting has two basic flaws. First, Obama
would have people believe that everything the government now does, the
private economy could never do. Second, he ignores this fundamental fact
about fire fighting. Every person already does keep his own fire service,
if he owns, controls, or manages a large enough piece of property that
could catch fire. Even an ordinary householder follows a few elementary
fire safety rules. (Or he should.) If every householder had a fire
extinguisher, and knew how to use it, that might stop a lot of fires
from even starting. Any building of any size, definitely has a way to
fight fires. True, fire fighting does not rely completely on one
person’s effort to stop a fire before it starts, or put it out before it
spreads. But neither do most people in a community do nothing
to stop fires from starting, or to bring fires under control when they
start. Otherwise, a city might burn in the ultimate Cloward-Piven disaster. Call it “The Heat of the Tinderboxes: Toward a Total Managed Community.”
Which is what Obama wants.
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