"It does not take a majority to prevail ...
but rather an irate, tireless minority,
keen on setting brushfires of
freedom in the minds of men." -
Friday, December 9, 2011
OBAMA THE CLASS WARFARE WARRIOR
Frank Beckman, one of my favorite radio hosts from Detroit has a way of articulating so often how I fell but can't put it into words. Read his article here:
The core belief of every collectivist — whether described as communists, socialists, or Statists — always revolves around the belief that a few are smarter than all others and, as such, capable of determining what creates happiness for everyone.
Any suspicion that President Barack Obama does not deserve one of the above descriptions was dispelled in his speech in Osawatomie, Kan., this week.
Obama deliberately channeled Theodore Roosevelt's appearance in the same Midwestern town a century earlier, when he delivered an address titled: "The New Nationalism."
While badly missing Roosevelt's mark, Obama also revealed himself as a willing class warrior, a Luddite reincarnate, and an uninformed preschool candidate for Econ 101.
When Roosevelt spoke in 1910, he advocated a collective approach to caring for people but he also extolled the virtues of capitalism, the system that has driven America to enjoy the greatest economy in mankind's history. Roosevelt actually quoted Abraham Lincoln extensively in his address and paid special tribute to capitalism.
"Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights … Nor should this lead to a war upon the owners of property. Property is the fruit of labor; … property is desirable; is a positive good in the world," said Lincoln/Roosevelt.
Obama, who has hailed the efforts of the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street movement, had no such praise for the American economic system.
Instead, Obama complained about the wealth gap, ignored personal responsibility in accumulating debt and blamed job losses on technology.
He cited the minimum wage and unemployment benefits for enriching America, but failed to credit the productive elements of the U.S. economy, led by good old-fashioned self interest.
Amazingly, he advocated the basic productive quality of the free enterprise system when he cited Henry Ford as the best example of a benevolent boss because he increased worker pay so employees could buy his cars.
Ford did so out of self interest, not for any altruistic reason and not because government forced him to do so.