The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):

  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”

Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Obama's left-wing orientation

Recently, President Barack Obama was quoted as saying:

If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. 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.

When I read this quote, I pretty much thought along the lines of “Nothing much new here, a typical observation from a socialist.” And so I didn't think it worth even commenting on. But Tom Bowler, who runs the “Libertarian Leanings” blog, apparently thought it worthy of a major discussion. After presenting the above quote, he continues:

It should come as no surprise that business leaders disagree, and they wasted no time punching back.

David Chavern, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that the basic idea behind Obama’s comments, and other similar sentiments expressed by allies, ‘is really objectionable and offensive.’

'The problem with the Obama administration’s view, he wrote in a blog post, was that ‘it only looks at the good outcomes’ rather than what went before.

Mr Chavern wrote: ‘Success is apparently a collective effort — but where was that "collective" during the periods of risk-taking and failure? The vast majority of businesses fail. Period.

He added: 'Every day millions of people put their lives, savings, houses and families on the line and work 20 hours a day just to grab their small slice of the American dream. Where is the collective when all of this is going on? And if the collective is really responsible for success, how come everyone isn’t successful?

Also commenting on Obama's remarks was the president of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Dan Danne.

What a disappointment to hear President Obama's revealing comments challenging the significance of America's entrepreneurs.

Mr. Danne added: 'His unfortunate remarks over the weekend show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs.'

Is anybody still wondering why the economy is struggling after three and a half years of Obama? For three and a half years Barack Obama has been trying to milk businesses for all they're worth, and we're seeing his results in every aenemic jobs report that comes out. November can't come soon enough.

My only feeling about such comments is surprise that anyone was surprised by Obama's taking the position he did. His principal mentor in his pre-college days, Frank Marshall Davis, was known to be a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. I was aware of this four years ago, when Barack Obama was merely a Senator seeking the Presidency. (Although just recently, a new book came out emphasizing this, but the information was available at least four years ago.)

There are people who seem to be deluded into thinking that Barack Obama is a centrist or moderate. they object to people characterizing him as a socialist. And yet, there is so much evidence that Obama is a Marxist that I cannot imagine any reason to think otherwise.

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