Wednesday, July 25, 2012


"One aspirin, two knees, some assembly required."

Obama Joker
I'd like to examine a few recent quotes by President Obama. The first is from a fundraiser (one of those $40 grand a plate jobs) where the president is complaining about being misunderstood:
I have to tell you, I generally have patience with what the other side says about me, that’s a requirement of this job, and if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success.
Now, I feel for the president to some degree, because his quote isn't that a businessman didn't build his own business, only that he got an assist from government with roads and such so he should pay more taxes. But look at that quote, particularly the last line.

president Obama insists he doesn't want to punish success (which, if he doesn't, it would be difficult to imagine how he'd do anything differently if he wanted to), but that he wants to promote it. He probably thinks this sounds good. It doesn't.

The government has no business promoting success in business. This is where the Solyndra thing comes from, the idea that the government has the slightest place in making businesses succeed or fail. Government should not be involved with business success or failure. It should stay entirely out unless the business is doing substantive harm to the public (fraud, for example). Businesses should stand or fall on their own merits.

And that's the basic economic problem here: President Obama just does not seem to comprehend that anything can or should function without government. And that's why his "you didn't build this" line is so problematic, not the idea that businessmen didn't build their own business. Its just proof of what people suspected about him all along. Its a sound bite that puts it simply for voters.

Another quote comes from a Portland, Oregon visit (to a state that will certainly vote for Obama):
Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices.
Now, which is it, Mr President? Will they control their own choices or do they need this organization to depend on? Your daughters will be responsible for themselves, or they desperately need Planned Parenthood to do it for them, which is it?

Honestly the way this man acts about and talks about abortion I'd feel lucky to have survived pregnancy if I were his daughters. He really, really seems to love killing babies. I suspect part of that is just campaign rhetoric - some have said that to single women, abortion is like the third rail, they are so beloved of their ability to vacuum out a baby they freak out and oppose any candidate who isn't enthusiastically in support of the idea.

And I know a lot of younger guys are all for abortion because it makes the ladies like them better, and that's always a bonus. They may not care about it one way or another, they may dislike it, but if this gets them closer to having sex, they're all for it. But it really does seem to go deeper for President Obama. He is truly the most pro-abortion president we've ever had. He loves abortion so much he fought for a bill to make sure aborted babies died if they were born living despite all efforts by the doctor involved.

For a long time now I've despaired that it seems like President Obama could wrap himself in a Soviet flag and make an hour-long speech on the glories of Karl Marx and Mao Tse-Tung and people would shrug. I mean, how much more blatant does the man have to get about wanting to redistribute wealth and ram the nation into socialism? But it finally does seem to be catching up with him, maybe.

*UPDATE: Another quote from Obama recently:
"There were times where I thought about giving up and moving on. But what kept me going day in and day out was the same thing that has sustained the Urban League all these years. The same thing that sustains all of you. And that is the belief that in America, change is always possible. That our union may not be perfect, but it is perfectible.”
Now, putting aside the amusing image of Obama working real, real hard, consider that last line. This is one of the most fundamental flaws of the left. They don't think we need to work hard for a better place, but that we can work hard and create a perfect place. There are few things in this world that have caused more horror, more bloodshed, more loss of life, and more sheer misery than someone who thought they could create the perfect world. Again I can't help but think of Raymond Cockteau from the film Demolition Man here:
Now I'll have carte blanche to create the perfect society. My society. The harmony of an ant colony and the purity of a flawless pearl.
People just need to pay attention to what the guy is saying. He's making it pretty obvious.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Little has changed in the President's rhetoric since he began his campaign for the office back in 2008. It was always there for all to hear paid attention and listened to what was wrapped in his famous "soaring delivery".

His Marxist beliefs and tendencies have been on display from day one. What's changed is the nation's economic environment and general despair that is a direct result of his policies and meddling. THAT makes it real for people and the horror of what he envisions for all is coming into focus for millions of Americans.

That's what's changed from 2008.