One sunny day in January, 2017, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he'd been sitting on a park bench.
He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama." The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here." The old man said, "Okay," and walked away.
The following day the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama." The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here." The man thanked him and again just walked away.
The third day the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."
The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I've told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"
The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."
The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow, Sir."
Want to know why citizens who work for a living dislike
those who vote for a living? This guy hits the nail on the head! In
early January 2014, Bob Lonsberry, a Rochester talk-radio personality on
WHAM 1180 AM, said this in response to Obama's "income inequality
speech": Two Americas.
The Democrats are right, there are two
Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn't. The
America that contributes, and the America that doesn't. It's not the
haves and the have-nots, it's the dos and the don'ts. Some people do
their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, and
contribute to society, while others don't. That's the divide in America.
It's not about income inequality, it's
about civic irresponsibility. It's about a political party that preaches
hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It's
about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.
That's not invective, that's truth, and it's about time someone said it.
The politics of envy was on proud
display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged to spend the
rest of his term to fighting "income inequality." He noted that some
people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes
than others, and he says that's not just.
That's the rationale of thievery! The
other guy has it, you want it, and Obama will take it for you. Vote
Democrat! That's the philosophy that produced Detroit. It's the
electoral philosophy that's destroying America. It conceals a
fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it
ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but betraying them.
The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved
them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victimhood and anger
instead of ability and hope.
The president's premise - that you
reduce income inequality by debasing the successful - seeks to deny the
successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful
the consequences of their choices. Income variations in society are, for
the most part, a result of different choices leading to different
consequences. Those who choose wisely and responsibility have a far
greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and
irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure. Success and
failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. If
you choose to drop out of high school or skip college, you're likely to
have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on
with purposeful education. Have children out of wedlock and your life is
apt to take one course; have them within a stable marriage and life is
apt to take another course.
Most often in life our destination is
determined by the course we take and the choices we make. My doctor, for
example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income
inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but,
our lives have also had an inequality of effort. While my doctor went to
college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and
residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made one choice, I made
another, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays
a lot better than mine.
Does that mean he cheated and Barack
Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we're both free men in
a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.
It's not inequality Barack Obama
intends to take away, it's freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the
freedom to fail.
There is no true option for success if
there's no true option for failure.
The pursuit of happiness means a whole
lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit
brings you more happiness than the other guy.... even if the other guy
sat on his ass and did nothing... even if the other guy made a
lifetime's worth of asinine and shortsighted decisions.
Barack Obama and the Democrats preach
equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of
The simple Law of the Harvest: "As ye
sow, so shall ye reap" is sometimes applied as, "The harder you work,
the more you get." Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve
are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be
rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key
to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He
seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government
besieges the successful and the productive to foster equality through
He and his party speak of "two
Americas" and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to
sap the productivity of the other. America is not divided by the
differences in our outcomes, it's divided by the differences in our
efforts. It's a false philosophy to say one man's success comes
unavoidably as the result of another man's victimization.
What Obama offers is not a solution,
but a separatism. He has fomented division and strife, pitted one set of
Americans against another for his own political benefit. That's what
socialists offer. Marxist class-warfare wrapped up with a bow.
Two Americas, coming closer each day
to proving the truth to Lincoln's maxim that a house divided against
itself cannot stand.
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