I know that the following commentary may be a day or so behind the comments made by many others before me, but after thinking about this, I decided that I will have my say. I often not try not to comment on what our various Presidents say. This time however, I think we really need to pay close attention to the statement that our President recently made. In a “stump” speech in Virginia, our President stated; “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that…………somebody else made that happen”. The “someone else” that he was referring to is our government.
Now there has been plenty of rhetoric on both sides of the isle over this statement. Some on the right have stated things like “Obama hates America”. The left of course is trying to defend the President by saying that we all have taken this out of context or that he was not using a teleprompter, so he made a small mistake. Common boys and girls! First of all I would find it hard to believe that the President hates America, however I think defending what he said is equally as naive.
Let’s put this into context for a second. The point that President Obama was attempting to make, was an argument for raising taxes on the wealthy. He was trying to point out that without the government, these wealthy people would not have been successful. One of his supporters even tried to further explain by stating; “Obama wasn’t saying, “You didn’t build your business.” He was saying “You didn’t build the roads and bridges that made it possible to build your business.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I have a bit of a problem with this. Our government is not an all empowering entity that provides “success” to its people. The key word of that last sentence is the word “Our”. I think the President, while attempting to make a political point, forgot who the government actually is. We are a government “Of the People, By the People and For the People”. We are a society of people that elect representatives to help voice and deliver our collective interests.
Let us not forget, we, the people, came first. We, the people, came before the government. We, the people, created the government. We, the people, came together to form “a more perfect union”. The government did not do this, we did.
In context of “roads and bridges………….If it were not for people like Henry Ford who was successful in building the automobile, there may not be any roads or bridges. The government did not create the automobile. Here again, the people came first.
Now, I would like to point out another “minor” detail. Exactly where does the government get the money to pay for the “roads and bridges” and other elements of “our success”? Yep, you guessed it. The money comes from us. Our taxes. The hard earned money of commerce. The financial contributions of the people, is how those “roads and bridges are built.
So as best as I can see, the people that grow their businesses and become successful are indeed those that are responsible for building their businesses. The government is merely a tool of the people. Whatever the government allocates for roads, bridges or any other service it provides, are in reality provided to the people…….from the people.
Let’s never forget that we are a county;
Of the People, By the People and For the People!