Obama’s America – and Ours
by Patrick J. Buchanan
July 24, 2012
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Mitt Romney fell on this Obama quote like an NFL lineman on an end zone fumble during the Super Bowl. And understandably so.
For this was no gaffe, said Romney, this is what Obama believes. This is straight out of the catechism. Obama thinks that had not the government created the preconditions, none of us could succeed. We all depend on government. None of us can make it on our own.
Had Obama been channeling Isaac Newton – “If I have seen further than others it is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants” – or John Donne – “No man is an island, entire of itself” – many would have nodded in agreement.
But what Obama seemed to be saying – indeed, was saying – was that, without government, no business can succeed.
Realizing that statement rubs against a deeply ingrained American belief – that the people built the nation – Obama and his acolytes are charging that Romney ripped his words out of context.