Obama world

I was surprised last weekend when Obama justified higher taxes to an entrepreneurial-minded citizen: “It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance at success too… I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

  

Let me clarify that I was astonished by the presentation, not the sentiment. Obama is always saying things like that, but sugared-down with flowery feel-good rhetoric – channeling John Lennon as opposed to this professorial paraphrase from the “Communist Manifesto.”

  

He must be feeling quite confident in his poll-numbers to present his socialist credentials in such uncharacteristically unadorned language.

  

In the meantime his running mate, Joe Biden, is so obsessed with what’s going on at kitchen tables throughout America, that he wants to give Big Brother a special seat at each one – all the better to poke his nose into your private affairs.

  

Welcome to the Obama World.  At first you might even be glad you voted for him – until you realize that you’ve just created a snoopy Gladys Kravitz monster, and she’s no longer content to only stand at her window and rubberneck. “Abner! Marv Kowalski just got new Corvette, while the Cruxbergers are still driving that Buick with the fake wood peeling off!  That’s not neighborly!”

  

“You know perfectly well that’s because Fred Cruxberger was out shooting road signs and smashing mailboxes while Marv was studying to be a brain surgeon,” Abner replies. “Now put down the binoculars and mind your own business.”

  

Anyway, if Obama’s views are demonstrable by history, then Henry Ford and Thomas Edison contributed nothing to society, except the famine and misery that must have rose among the masses in levels directly proportionate to their success.

  

Similarly, I’m trying to recall the food shortages and bread lines of the 1980’s when Bill Gates founded Microsoft. In Obama’s view, he raked in so much money that there couldn’t have been any “chance for success” left for those “behind” him. 

  

 

After such horror stories, it’s easy to yearn for the sunlit, pristine Obama World now within our reach; where birds chirp, children frolic, and Americans always “share” their wealth – because if they don’t he will throw them in jail.

  

It could have been compassion for Ford and Edison’s victims that prompted prominent Chicago socialist, Saul Alinsky, to write, “‘The Prince’ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. ‘Rules for Radicals’ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”

  

On the other hand, we have Adam Smith, also known as the father of modern economics, who believed that government should merely be an instrument of law, order, and justice, and taught that state interventions that eliminate a family’s interest in self-betterment lead to poverty and tyranny.

 

I wonder whose book is most likely to be found on Obama’s bedside table, Smith’s “Wealth of Nations” or Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” I’m thinking the latter. Especially since it’s common knowledge that Obama embraced Alinksy’s methodology during his years as a Chicago community organizer.

  

Nevertheless, Smith was right. Facing big problems at the kitchen table leads to fire in the belly that in turn leads to ingenuity and a pioneering spirit that when mixed with liberty becomes the catalyst for the American dream. Oregon was built by hardworking, determined people who were driven by that fire.

  

In Obama World, if elected he says he will “take back America,” and “reclaim the American dream.” I guess he’s referring to the good old days when Americans were forced to be “neighborly” have “empathy,” and politicians were free to “spread the wealth around” as they saw fit.

  

I must have been sick that day in history class.

  

Perhaps it’s in the memoirs of pioneer girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Like when grasshoppers destroyed her family’s wheat crop and the Little House on the Prairie was instantly besieged by an army of left-wing community organizers who registered Ma, Pa, Laura, Mary, Baby Carrie, and Jack the dog to vote for a silver-tongued politician who blamed their neighbors for their misfortune?

  

Actually, no. If you look it up, it turns out Charles Ingalls walked 300 miles in worn-out boots, found work, paid off his debts, and Wilder never mentions anything about him blaming anyone.  

  

 

Senator Obama, that’s the America that needs taking back.

  

Nothing will be built by the lofty, inspirational phrases that Obama routinely swipes from stories of true American sacrifice and pastes into speeches carefully crafted to spread petulance and envy throughout our land.

  

“The journey will be difficult, the road will be long. I face the challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations, but I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people,” he said at the Democratic National Convention.

  

Indeed, it must take prodigious “profound humility” to declare yourself anointed to reach into American’s wallets and confiscate the fruits of their labor because they can’t be trusted to spend it on the things that you think they should.

  

America, wake up! You don’t want Barack Obama and Joe Biden at your kitchen table, oozing virtuous concern while they drone on and on about “empathy gaps” and “fairness issues.” It might sound good at first, especially if you are on the receiving end of the largesse, but you soon find out that Big Brother is the ultimate unwanted guest who won’t leave.

  

And then where will you be if that greedy neighbor who pays for everything and still gets kicked in the teeth, someday decides to quit?

(This post was originally published on the Oregonian web site)

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