“You Didn’t Build That:” Colossal Untruth
With these words, Mr. Obama revealed his conception of how commerce should be done in America. If he has his way, free enterprise in the United States will end. Along with it economic success will end; the capacity of the goodness of America to help feed the world will end; the economic engine that has funded Christian missions will slow, the Constitutionally created system of federalism will end, and a kind of “immense tutelary power” will be elevated taking charge of assuring every persons enjoyments, watching over our fate; absolute, detailed, regular, encouraging people to focus on enjoying themselves while the government looks out for them. This is freedom’s end.
These words, “You didn’t build that,” signal a historically critical moment in the history of the United States, so I will deal with them at length. I hope you find the time to read the entire post. Please feel free to comment.
The words that started the fire
The president made the remarks quoted in the title on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia at a re-election campaign. A great deal has been said about these words, and now Mr. Obama has finally responded. Below, I offer a complete picture of the statements, their context, and their consequences.
To read the entire text of that speech so you have the “context” Mr. Obama demands, I invite you to visit Mr. Obama’s own website from which all quotes below are taken.
The offending paragraph is:
“If you were successful somebody along the way 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, bridges. If you got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
We are told Mr. Obama is one of the world’s great orators. When complimented on a speech he made by Harry Reid, “I have a gift, Harry,” Obama replied. “Thanks” would have been sufficient. That’s what you would have said, but you’re not a messiah.
Why can’t the president construct a simple, rational sentence?
We have it on the authority of Mr. Obama himself that he is a gifted orator. So the question becomes: why can’t Mr. Obama construct a sentence? In his speech, he said, “If you got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Let’s analyze.
First, “you got” doesn’t qualify as oratory, but leaving that aside; when he uses the word “that” – as in “you didn’t build that” he intends us to understand what it is that we didn’t build.
How, then do we know what it is that he is asserting somebody else built? To understand, the rules of grammar require us to go to the antecedent. The antecedent to the word “that,” in Mr. Obama’s extemporaneous utterance, is “a business.” There is no grammar on earth that would justify Mr. Obama saying that when he said the word “that,” he was referring to roads, bridges, teachers and infrastructure that he had mentioned previously.
So let’s look at this for a moment. Clearly, the sentence structure he used requires us to understand that what he meant is if you have a business, you didn’t build it, somebody else did; “somebody else made that happen.”
Perhaps Mr. Obama used the wrong sentence structure and really intended us to understand that a business cannot succeed without roads, bridges, and teachers, but that is not what he said. He was speaking extemporaneously, and when speakers do that sometimes they misspeak – I’ve done it myself many times.
If this was a mistake, he would have corrected it on the spot, or as soon as he realized what he had actually said. But he did not make any correction, and to this very hour has not made any correction.
No; he said nothing for 9 days – although his friends in the media who apparently have the gift to interpret for him when Mr. Obama speaks in tongues – attempted to tell us what he meant rather than what he said.
Mr. Obama Tries to Put Out the Inferno He Ignited
Now, finally, Mr. Obama has come out to address the situation, and his answer is that evil people are “twisting” what he said; “leaving parts out,” “editing,” and “taking him out of context,” it to make it look like he said something he didn’t say. In a painfully familiar response, he has made no mistake at all – it’s somebody else’s fault!
Well – he said what he said. It would have been much better for him if he had reflected on it by saying, “You know, I said that badly, I didn’t make myself clear. Let me explain what I really intended to say.”
But false messiahs don’t say stuff like that because they believe themselves incapable of making mistakes; (This false messiah is surely not the true Messiah; Obama is not the “lowly Nazarene,” declining to be called “good.) they believe that malevolent and dark forces are plotting to destroy their inerrant message of celestial insight; trying to pull down their transcendent self, and Mr. Obama clearly believes himself to be a messiah. “We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.”
Back to the point, Mr. Obama is the only person in the universe to who actually believes Humpty Dumpty’s world is a real place. “’When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’”
Did Mr. Obama mean what he actually said? Did he mean something else, and we are making a mistake if we insist on believing what he really said? Let’s look at it rationally.
Options for Making Sense of the Roanoke Episode:
Mr. Obama made a terrible faux pas in his speech and said that his view is that roads, bridges, and teachers make businesses successful, not the people who build them or work for them – but that’s not what he meant to say.
We know this is not a rational understanding of the case because if it were true Mr. Obama would have said he made a misstatement and the issue would be over, but he denies making a misstatement.
Mr. Obama’s brain works differently than everyone else’s so he gets to make up the rules of grammar as he goes and the rest of us are just too slow to keep up with him. As a consequence only evil people insist on believing what he actually says instead of what he later says he actually meant.
This is the Humpty Dumpty defense and it won’t work because no sane person believes it.
Mr. Obama actually isn’t a gifted orator at all and he can’t construct a coherent sentence in the absence of a Teleprompter – even if he is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. His own belief that he is a gifted orator is false and is fueled by narcissism and hubris, not reality. When Mr. Obama is not tightly controlled by handlers telling him exactly want to say, he truly speaks what he believes and there is no doubt that he believes government projects create business success rather than the people who start and manage them.
This is the only explanation that is possible for rational people. Clearly Mr. Obama is blaming others for purposely misunderstanding and misquoting him, and editing him to make it appear that what he said is exactly what he said!
An Accident on its Way to Happen
President Obama has been seen as cold, not so much cool – which is hurting him in the polls; and so his campaign has decided to warm him up a bit by letting him speak extemporaneously without a Teleprompter.
Clearly Mr. Obama is an orator only when he is speaking somebody else’s thoughts typed out for him on the Teleprompter. If the Teleprompter makes a mistake, it becomes Obama’s mistake because he isn’t very coherent when it doesn’t work flawlessly. (see below)
The unfortunate but inescapable truth is that Mr. Obama really doesn’t know very much; and when other people are not telling him what to say through the Teleprompter, he makes foolish statements.
In evidence of others using Mr. Obama as a ventriloquist’s dummy, I offer the following examples
1. He denies being a socialist, but off the Teleprompter he told Joe the Plumber that he (Obama) thought it was a good idea to spread the wealth around – which is of course what socialists do.
2. In a speech he referred to German death camps as “Polish death camps,” insulting a loyal ally to the United States.
3. Before he had any information about the incident, he made stupid public judgments about Dr. Henry Gates and Sgt. Crowley.
4. Mr. Obama said that he had campaigned in 57 states and thought he had one more to go apparently operating under the belief that there are 58 states and 58 stars on the U.S. flag.
5. In a Teleprompter snafu, Mr. Obama is completely confused about what to say…and thanks himself.
6. Mr. Obama says he’s a “bad bowler,” “just like the Special Olympics,” demeaning intellectually challenged individuals.
7. Mr. Obama apparently does not understand that we have a Marine Corps – pronounced “core.” He made reference to a Navy “corpse-man. Twice in the same speech.”
9. Obama begins a speech with one minute of silence because the Teleprompter hadn’t told him what to say.
10. He referred to the “Malvinas” islands (Falkland Islands) off the coast of Argentina in the Pacific Ocean as the “Maldives” islands which are in Asia in the Indian Ocean.
11. In a speech Mr. Obama referred to his “sons,” twice! Of course the only children he has we know of for sure are his two daughters. Getting mixed up about the number and gender of your own children and taking the truth from the Teleprompter rather than your own mind is breathtaking.
12. In Portland, Oregon Mr. Obama gives public thanks to a major gay porn producer who was also a bundler for Mr. Obama’s election.
13. Mr. Obama announced that 10,000 people died in a Kansas tornado when the toll was actually only 12.
14. Obama says private sector “is doing fine” when we have the longest sustained high unemployment since the 1930’s.
15. Obama apparently thinks there is an “Austrian” language.
16. Obama thinks the U.S. built the “intercontinental railroad.” Perhaps this is part of the infrastructure that he believes makes private businesses succeed.
17. Obama claims that Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. What?
18. Obama says his health care law would bring “greater choice, competition, savings, and inefficiencies” to the nation’s health care system.
Clearly Mr. Obama – off the Teleprompter – said that people who built businesses didn’t build them, and that somebody else did. This is critical to understand if you cherish anything about what the people of this country have accomplished over the last couple of centuries. You must think hard about this as we approach the coming presidential election in November.
Is Infrastructure and Public Education Required for the Success of Business?
“From Jamestown in 1607 to Yorktown in 1781, there was no federal government. There was no United States. Yet generations of colonists had built forts, cleared lands, created farms, established workshops. Americans fed, clothed and housed themselves, creating one of the highest standards of living on earth for 3 million people.
How could the U.S. government have built the roads and bridges if the U.S. government did not exist before 1789? There were no public schools until the 19th century. Colleges were the creations of religious denominations. The Pell grant had not yet been invented.
Was government indispensable to Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin, Robert Fulton’s invention of the steam boat, Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, Guglielmo Marconi’s invention of the radio and Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb, and just about everything else?
Did Wilbur and Orville Wright learn how to build bicycles in a CETA program? Were the feds responsible for the flight at Kitty Hawk?” (see here)
Every developed and semi-developed country in the world has roads and bridges and public education. Roads and bridges existed in all cultures on every continent throughout history, yet the citizens of those countries are not well off. Bridges and roads exist in Sudan, and Mali, and North Korea, and Iran; but businesses are not successful in those places. By Mr. Obama’s logic they must be successful because all it takes is roads, bridges, and teachers.
Roads and bridges are not only used by successful business owners, they are used by miscreants, thieves, and ne’er-do-wells, and “occupiers.” Organized criminals use the bridges and streets, the homeless use them, but all of these are not successful business owners.
Mr. Obama painfully and publicly demonstrates he has no idea whatsoever about what it takes to build a business. There is no doubt that he thinks businesses that make money owe their success to the government, and thus lays the groundwork to extract more and more money from businesses through higher taxes in order for him to redistribute it to the people he believes are responsible for that success.
Question: If the bridge or the street or the teacher makes a person successful why isn’t everyone who uses them wealthy? How does such an inane thought process propel one through Harvard Law?
Question: Why is it impossible for Mr. Obama to give the risk takers, the entrepreneurs; those who work very long hours without demanding overtime; those who delay gratification in order to achieve over the long haul – why does he adamantly refuse to give these people any credit for their success?
Question: Why does he accuse them of not paying their fair share?
Question: Why does he call businesses vampires?
The answer is clear – he thinks business income is ill-gotten, that businesses have not been fair; that they are not paying their fair share of taxes, that they return nothing to society, that someone else really built their business and deserves to share in its profits. Worse, he thinks that he is the true messiah to make the paths straight, make justice roll down, to heal the earth, and make the seas begin to recede. and here
Mr. Obama Says we Distort, and Demands Context
Today Mr. Obama comes out with an ad – which someone else wrote for him to read – demanding context for the statement which he says evil people are twisting. Mr. Obama demands we consider context for his statement, “You didn’t build that.”
Mr. Obama is going full steam into complete propaganda mode. He is publicly making the “big lie” that was invented by Hitler. In his book “Mein Kampf” Hitler accused the Jews of telling a “big lie” about why Germany lost WWI. I am not accusing Mr. Obama of being a Nazi or an admirer of Hitler. He is merely using a technique Mr. Hitler invented and used so effectively in the years following WWI and 1945; and Mr. Obama has been using it since he first ran for president, “Yes we can.”
Hitler wrote, “…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily more corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in a little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.” Now you think about that.
Mr. Obama demands that we believe he said what he clearly did not say. He demands that we believe something else. He is making the “big lie” about what he actually believes, and what he said. He is telling the “colossal untruth.”
Okay, here we go. All these quotes are from the very same rally on the same date in Roanoke, Virginia, and are taken directly from Mr. Obama’s White House website.
“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.”
The success of a business has nothing to do with being smart. But if there are so many smart people, why do we have the highest number of people on welfare in American history? Why don’t they build a business – they have access to bridges, they use the roads, they went to public schools?
“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.”
Yeah? If there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there, why don’t they own a successful business? They drive over the same bridges, walk on the same roads, went to the same public schools.
“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.”
This is a big lie all by itself. The government didn’t create the Internet, and did so much to gum it up that private businesses cut any connection with the government so they could build the Internet. Most certainly the government did not create the Internet so people “could make money off the Internet.”
“Just like we came together in 2008, we know that we’ve got to keep working, we got to keep moving forward in 2012. And we knew back then that it wasn’t going to be easy. These problems we’re facing, they didn’t happen overnight, and they’re not going to be solved overnight. We understood it might take more than one year or one term or even one President.”
Well now, that isn’t what he said at all when he wanted our vote. Remember, this is from Mr. Obama’s website; I’m giving you the context he demands. In February 2009, Mr. Obama told Matt Lauer of NBC News on the “Today” show, “And a year from now I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress, but there’s still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” If he understood from the beginning that it would take more than four years – as he said in Roanoke July 12, 2012 – why did he say to the country that if he failed, he would be a one term president on “Today” in February 2009?
“We created a lot of millionaires.”
Here he is attempting to make the case for his position that the success of business doesn’t rest on smarts, hard work, creativity, risk-taking, and persistence; but rather on people who had nothing to do with it. Believing this, he resorts to the economy during the Clinton administration to make the case for raising taxes on the people who benefit from their business but didn’t build it. He wants to extract more money from the business the owner didn’t build so it can go to the people who “actually built it.” This is further confirmation that he meant what he clearly said, “You didn’t build that.” There can be no doubt. If you doubt, you believe the “colossal untruth.”
In addition, he firmly believes that “we” created a lot of millionaires; that is to say the government creates millionaires. (This may be true when Democrats rule because they use your money to make their friends rich.) When the government involves itself intimately in regulating businesses and taxing them heavily, and giving them your tax dollars, it creates millionaires. Government creates business success. Obama wants context? This is it. This is why I say he is telling the “colossal untruth:” he is telling people he believes in the same America they believe in, but he does not; that he wants the same America they want, but he does not. His own words betray him. And if you believe his ‘colossal untruth” you shall be damned.
You MUST bring yourself to the point where you can believe that someone is capable of telling the big lie. You must believe what Hitler said: you “would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” Yet you see it being done in front of your eyes. If you don’t believe, you are one of those Hitler described as “in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie.” Don’t be a primitive simpleton; don’t be that guy.
“So if we spend trillions of dollars on more tax cuts mostly for the wealthy, that that’s somehow going to create jobs, even if we have to pay for it by gutting education and gutting job-training programs and gutting transportation projects, and maybe even seeing middle-class folks have a higher tax burden.”
Here he repeats another colossal untruth; in fact several of them in one paragraph. He is attempting to make the case for extracting more money from businesses in order to give business income to the people he sees as actually having created the success of the business.
We have to take their money or we will gut public education (which is one of my favorite oxymorons), job-training programs (see here and here for how well they work), and transportation projects (like the California high-speed train to nowhere).
Note the big lie that the government is spending money when people keep some of what they earned! This is more evidence that his statement, “You didn’t build that,” means exactly what it means. The money you have left after paying taxes is considered a government expense. Can you grasp what he is saying here?
Not only does he believe the government has a prior claim on the money you owe in taxes, he believes the government has a prior claim on everything every person and every business earns, and to the degree you get to keep some of it, that is a government “expense.” Your take-home income is money the government “spends.” But he wants you to believe that you share his view of America – he “distorts the truth infamously.”
Consider what hasn’t been built because of government interference, delay, denial, and confiscatory taxes. (I highly you suggest you read Frederic Bastiat’s essay, “What is Seen and What is not Seen.” You could read his short book “The Law” with great profit as well.)
Roads, bridges, and highways are funded by taxes on commerce – the institution Mr. Obama thinks non-business people built; the institutions he reprobates; the institutions he accuses of not paying their fair share. Perhaps it’s time Mr. Obama understood how wealth is created.
Mr. Obama’s Concept of How Business Should Operate
Mr. Obama’s concept of successful businesses and job creation is clearly understood by observing the approach he has been using to create energy independence in the United States.
It is a record of serial corruption granting tax dollars – extracted from individuals and businesses on pain of prison for non-compliance – to crony, corrupt companies that cannot create a product people want to purchase, and cannot make a profit without government subsidies, and whose only value is that the owners of said companies gave Mr. Obama millions to get elected.
If you want to know Mr. Obama’s concept of a successful business, think about Solyndra, Abound Solar, Fisker, Amonix, Ener1, Beacon Power, Tesla Motors, Smith Electric Vehicles, Iberdrola Renewables, Vestas Wind Systems, A 123 Systems, First Solar, and Sun Power, among others. Check out his attempt to create energy efficiencies in people’s homes. Spending about $5 million for each “job” created. Think about Government Motors, and Cash for Clunkers among others.
Every single one of these companies and hundreds of others exist solely because of big government grants and loans – they have no market for what they produce, they are not engaged in commerce, they are not capitalistic, and they are not “free enterprise.” When Mr. Obama says he is for’ free enterprise’, this is what he means – crony, corrupt, government-subsidized non competitive criminal enterprises enabled by government corruption to operate to the disadvantage of real businesses. This is Mr. Obama’s idea of how business is done. He wanted context. This is it.
Think about it when you vote this fall. Send other people to this post, or at least tell them the danger of the “colossal untruth.”
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