President Obama’s reality:
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.
Are you kidding me? There are scales of effort, intelligence and will. Those who score on the high end of those scales have applied the talents and force of will inherent to their personality and core values that come from their family and faith. If the individual was only enabled by government or the uneducated collective, then the individual cannot be held accountable…….but the collective can. They wouldn’t hear of that of course.
In most cases, they succeeded in spite of the government and the uneducated; they succeeded in spite of the byzantine shamble of regulations and restrictions placed on those who would lift themselves up and succeed….regulations and restrictions placed there by those who don’t value competition and entrepreneurship.
If you are successful, it is far more likely that you subscribe to the spirit – and the responsibility of individual liberty. This is a spirit decidedly not enabled by government, the major parties, and certainly not the uneducated collective.