I did build this.

For those who don’t understand, or think it’s all a matter of context, allow me to explain what is so offensive about Obama’s statements.

What Obama said cuts very deep for a lot of people. It is a very personal attack to tell someone that they only succeeded because somebody else helped them. That’s basically saying that you don’t deserve the success you received, because you didn’t do it yourself. Of course, that’s exactly what Obama wants to say, because in that speech, he’s explicitly making an argument in favor of taking more money from the successful to pay for more government-controlled “investments.”

Obama has made this personal by using his bully pulpit to attack the achievements of every single individual in this country. And we all know he’s wrong, because each of us knows what it took to achieve the success that we have. I didn’t get into a PhD program just riding on somebody else’s coattails. Certainly, I received plenty of help, from my friends, from my family, from my teachers, even from the government. And I know I couldn’t have done it without them, and am eternally grateful for all of that. But it was still my own hard work, focus, and perseverance that made the difference and got me to my goals. As a scientist, I spend every day struggling to elucidate the intricacies of systems that nobody else in the world understands. Every time I make a breakthrough, that is a great personal achievement. And yet, Obama doesn’t think so.

That is why Obama’s statements were so very insulting. That is why Obama’s entire economic philosophy is an insult. Obama believes that success comes in the form of five year plans and Sputnik projects for the glory of a nation. But we are not just cogs in some productivity machine that he runs. We are all individuals, and we all have our own individual goals and achievements. Collective success comes from the contributions of individuals, not the other way around. I don’t want to live in a country where I am a servant to the nation. I want to live in a country that secures the freedom for me to achieve my goals, and lets me help society in the way I feel I am best suited to.


Barack Obama, the Communist

Certainly, everyone has someone to thank for helping them get to where they are. As Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” However, we still give Newton credit for his work. Certainly, others laid the foundation that Newton built off of, but he still pushed mathematics and physics to, at the time, unimaginable heights. Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, and Richard Feynman can claim similar distinctions. For that, we recognize them as geniuses.

We can apply this sentiment to other fields of science as well- Linus Pauling won the Nobel Prize (twice- once in Chemistry, and once in Peace) for his contributions. We don’t offer the Nobel Prize to the people who started the project- we offer it to the person who found the answer and finished it. That’s why Watson and Crick were so excited when they beat Pauling to the finish in elucidating the structure of DNA.

And this sentiment extends to the business world. We give patents and the accompanying profits to the person who actually develops something useful for us, not to the people who tried, but didn’t get quite far enough. We can extend this concept to every human endeavor: People deserve credit for what they offer to society. This is a fundamental aspect of morality, and is the defining feature of Capitalism.

And yet, not everyone agrees. Notably, just last night, President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” He’s taking a page out of the Communist Manifesto by declaring that Society deserves credit for all of your accomplishments, and you don’t. This is consistent with his previous statements that, despite the weak economy, “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.” This also matches the sentiments expressed when he said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

These statements should offend anyone who believes that individuals deserve credit for their own accomplishments. Barack Obama’s rhetoric speaks towards a complete rejection of Capitalism altogether. He will continue to lie and pay lip service to Capitalism when it’s demanded of him. But it’s clear that his view of individual accomplishment is purely a Communist one.