Posted by: reformedmusings | November 10, 2008

Obama – No he can’t

I’ve read a lot of post-election comments, but this one caps them all so far. No He Can’t by Anne Wortham, a self-proclaimed black individualist liberal, reminded me of a conversation that I overheard years ago.

Near the end of the disastrous Carter Administration, I was leaving the gym behind a group of fellow airmen who happened to be black. Apparently they had been talking about Jimmy Carter’s failed “you’re a victim” malaise politics before they I reached the door behind them. One young man was telling the group that he didn’t give a hang about what happened over 100 years ago. He wasn’t there and wasn’t going to let something that happened in the distant past control his life. He said that his success was only limited by how hard he worked, not on events in some distant time and place. I remember thinking to myself that he was a real leader who would go far in the military. Although I never saw him again, I have no doubt that he did.

Obama got to where he is today because of the greatness of America with its opportunities created by freedom and capitalism. To be specific, he exploited those freedoms and economic opportunities while spitting on them and working against them at the same time. The audacity of hypocrisy. Now that he has achieved his success, Obama will virtually ensure that others cannot follow by closing off those same incentives and freedoms. Obama will push the slavery of economic dependence on a socialist government, expanding the programs that has ravaged the poor and black families since 1964, creating an underclass permanently dependent on the government. And yet blacks heavily supported him. Go figure.

I leave you with a few lines from Anne Wortham’s essay on why she cannot join in the celebrations:

I would have to believe that “fairness” is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to “go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

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