The latest Rethuglican butt pimple seems to be President Obama’s recent statement at a Virginia campaign event:
which they take as him disregarding small business owners and other hardworking “Real Amurrcans”.
Taken at face value you might agree. However, there’s such a thing as context. You need to read the totality of what he said, process it and then try to formulate a coherent opinion on it. Oh wait – I’m talking about the filibustering, rights-stripping, hypocritical, time-wasting, no licensing needed gun in every household, hate and fear mongering, super divisive, birth-certificate demanding, non-tax releasing, (not-so) he-man woman hating rethugs here! What was I thinking?
Well, for the rest of you with active brain cells instead of POTUS-induced reactionary Tourette Syndrome (Bah!! Socialist! Kenyan! Antichrist! Renig!! Meep-meep!) I present the full statement as well as a link to a transcript of the complete remarks.
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.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
Now, doesn’t that put things in a different light? It’s like they don’t even listen to what he’s saying because they’re too busy trying to pick out a phrase, a blurb, a comma, a pause or … something that can be used to reinforce their existing negative view and disregard the message. They can’t see the truth forest for the delusional trees.