Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Socialist Agenda

I recently posted an article about Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's socialistic views on business creation in the United States. I believe, as do many others, that Warren's views are dangerous and contradict the principals upon which this country were founded. 

Since then, President Obama echoed Warren's sentiments in the now infamous "You didn't build that" speech. 

Obama's speech was eerily similar to Warren's:

Obama's quote:

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.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.
Warren's quote:

“I hear all this, you know, Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody.You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
Both are, to use Warren's favorite expression, hammering home the point that it is government that is central to anyone's success. Socialists think that without a central power, the proletariat is incapable of creating businesses and living life without government intervention.

Warren's opponent, Senator Scott Brown rebuts both with a powerful video:

Senator Brown asks the question, how did we get from past presidents pointing out how important small business is to America to the current president's socialistic views that it is government that is central to success and not the individual?

Senator Brown's video opens with a quote from President John F. Kennedy from a campaign speech he made in 1960:
I believe in an America where the free enterprise system flourishes for all other systems to see and admire - where no businessman lacks either competition or credit - and where no monopoly, no racketeer, no government bureaucracy can put him out of business that he built up with his own initiative. Speech by Senator John F. Kennedy, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, PA October 31, 1960
President Kennedy had quite a different view of business than his contemporary, President Obama, although if he made those remarks today and he was a Republican, he would have been branded as a sexist because he said "business that he built" in the last sentence. Things were different back in 1960.

Here's another quote from JFK from that same speech:
I believe in an America where every man, or woman, who wants to work can find work - a full week's work for a full week's pay; where every man or woman of talent can use those talents; where the waste of idle men and idle machines, of steel mills half shut down, and coal mines boarded up, of chronic recessions and slumps, can be limited; where a growing economy provides new jobs and new markets for a growing nation, without inflating the consumer's prices beyond the reach of their budgets and their families.
Note there is nothing in that passage about the government's role in "fixing" these problems.

And finally:
Finally, I believe in an America with a government of men devoted solely to the public interests - men of ability and dedication, free from conflict or corruption or other commitment - a responsible government that is efficient and economical, with a balanced budget over the years of the cycle, reducing its debt in prosperous times - a government willing to entrust the people with the facts that they have - not a businessman's government, with business in the saddle, as the late Secretary McKay described this administration of which he was a member - not a labor government, not a farmer's government, not a government of one section of the country or another, but a government of, for and by the people.
You mean a government that is not influenced by special interest groups, lobbyists, unions or big business?


More quotes from past presidents:
"It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits."  - John F. Kennedy Address to Economic Club of New York, 12/14/62
"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."  - Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."  - George Washington
"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people." - Andrew Johnson
"The business of America is business." - Calvin Coolidge 
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." - Gerald R. Ford
"We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth."  - Ronald Reagan
"It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens." - Grover Cleveland
"Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little."  - Warren Harding
Some more Ronald Reagan quotes:
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
-- Quote by Ronald Reagan at the National Conference of the Building and Construction Trades, AFL-CIO (March 30, 1981)
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
-- Quote by Ronald Reagan
Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
-- Quote by Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address (January 20, 1981)
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
-- Quote by Ronald Reagan during his gubernatorial campaign (1965)
Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
-- Quote by Ronald Reagan, Address to the Nation on the Fiscal Year 1983 Federal Budget (April 29, 1982)

Now compare all those quotes to Obama's:
"Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
Sooo, if it wasn't for the "government" the "internet" would never exist? Okay, Mr. President. Obviously you've been taking lessons from someone other than your predecessors. (That story is for another time...)

You can make the claim that the founders of this nation fought the British Empire to avoid being a sovereign state subject to the rule of a monarchy. Things may have been different had someone other than King George III been on the throne, throughout history there have been both benevolent and malevolent monarchs. But the King chose to squeeze the colonies and they rebelled. (Oh those Tea Partiers...)

I believe they fought for freedom from a system of "government" that exists to be propped up by its subjects. In those times, the British crown was an empire with absolute rule unlike the ceremonial role it plays today. I believe our forefathers fought instead to establish a government that exists to serve its people and to allow them to flourish and prosper by controlling their own individual fates.

The concept is simple: governments should not exist to be served by its citizens, citizens should be served by their government but governments should not exist to support its citizens as President Cleveland stated. That should be left up to the citizenry. There are plenty of passionate people in every society that are more than willing to help those in need. It should not be the responsibility of any government to provide for those less fortunate. Governments inevitably fail in these undertakings, this is where socialism fails.

The fallacy of socialism is to 'level the playing field' so everyone has an equal share. This never works in any situation. Equity should not be taken from one to another just so everyone can benefit. The concept of a free society is to build and grow without being required to pay unnecessary tribute to a government or monarchy. You reap what you sow.

The message that socialists try to convey but fail is when they say nobody does anything on their own. Where they fail is to recognize that infrastructure exists for the common good, not to take credit for anyone's success. Yes, we pay taxes to maintain and create a common infrastructure we all use to our benefit. How you use that infrastructure is up to the individual.
From the movie Braveheart (1995):  
William Wallace: "There's a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it." 
This is what pols like Obama and Warren do not understand; they think the people exist to provide them with power and position. Both have used the system to advance themselves into positions where it appears they both are grossly unqualified.

Thankfully we have politicians like Scott Brown who understand what made this country great.

1 comment:

  1. Great article! I really believe Scott Brown is this generation's JFK. As a former democrat (now Independant) he gives me hope for a better America, except he doesn't have to keep shoving it down my throat like some other candidates we know *cough*Obama*Cough*