Obama’s latest gaffe just won’t die.
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
… is just the ultimate perversion of the old viewpoint (and it IS just a viewpoint): “No man is an island.” It’s not a truism, it’s just a point of view. As proof, consider the opposing viewpoint: “Everyone dies alone.”
What? … Where?
Many are playing the “out of context” card, as if the Bo Dizzle was talking about, say, solar power when he slipped that “you didn’t do that” stuff into his remarks. So…. here is a bit more context:
[L]ook, 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.
Now, to complete the context, you have to be able to picture the sounds of the audience, since they seemed to think they were at a good, old-fashioned come-to-Jesus revival meeting, with appreciative souls calling out “yeah!” whenever the Bo D made a comment they liked. Which explains why so much of the Bo’s comments were in duplicate…..
And, by the way, there was even more of that kind of trash being talked in this speech; hence, today’s post on the theory behind the words, “… you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
One point of view: No man is an island – everyone is connected to everyone else. We are born being cared for by other people; we receive the benefits of the accumulated wealth as we grow and learn, and then we are expected to go out into the world and not only provide for ourselves, but also to provide for others, as we were provided for. That’s fine, as a generalized statement of the way the world works.
But socialists ( ~ little “s”) take this a bunch of steps further. This becomes the rationalizations for chaining everyone to everyone else for all of eternity, losing all sense of our individuality to those around us. Hence the eternal claim that no one can take credit for what they do, because the combined “social capital” of everyone who ever existed has also contributed.
This is a bonkers theory, but since it’s only a theory, it is permitted equal standing with all other theories, including those theories that do make sense. Which brings us to: We all die alone. Seriously, we might be surrounded by dozens of loving people, but once the world goes dark, we are alone, and as bereft as the moment we are born.
This is also not an excuse to push away every single person we meet throughout the long years of our existence, but even if we did that, we would not be harming any other person on the planet… only our own self. We would not be taking over, as if by right (based on our theory!), controlling, and harming every other person on the planet with our ridiculous point of view.
But our friendly social-ists keep working to put the whole world under their big tent…. so they can hide from their desperate feelings of unworthiness and loneliness that dog their every step in this life. Sad, little people they are.
Even more context (courtesy of whitehouse.gov!):
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.
Hmmm…. seems like he still means the same thing…!
Here it is, in audio! (65 seconds) So you can hear for yourself his smarmy, revival-meeting lyricism.
And, for 57 seconds of amusement, see this… : )
Someone I recently read commented that everyone gets the benefits of those roads, those teachers, all that “social capital”…. so why isn’t everyone Bill Gates? Steve Jobs? Why doesn’t everyone have a successful business?
And… a quick lolpic!