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Obama’s Rhetoric

July 21, 2012
Thomas Sowell

Barack Obama’s great rhetorical gifts include the ability to make the absurd sound not only plausible, but inspiring and profound.

His latest verbal triumph was to say on July 13th, “if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.” As an example, “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Let’s stop and think, even though the whole purpose of much political rhetoric is to keep us from thinking, and stir our emotions instead.

Even if we were to assume, just for the sake of argument, that 90 percent of what a successful person has achieved was due to the government, what follows from that? That politicians will make better decisions than individual citizens, that politicians will spend the wealth of the country better than those who created it? That doesn’t follow logically – and certainly not empirically.

Does anyone doubt that most people owe a lot to the parents who raised them? But what follows from that? That they should never become adults who make their own decisions?

And now… the rest of the story. …..

One Comment leave one →
  1. Robert Eugene Baker permalink
    July 21, 2012 1:49 pm

    This type of verbage is positive proof he is not American! No Patriotic American would even think to say such a thing. While he was supposedly studying the Constitution, he overloked the history books. It is no mystery to me why the fall of the education endeavored to eliminate the study of history. Maybe they failed to think ignorance is no excuse. Also the elimination of God.s picture or word did not remove Him. He is watching close.

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