The Barely Perceptible Difference Between Family And Government
A couple of weeks ago, Pat Sajak wrote an incisive post about why President Obama's anti-entrepreneurial riff was such a damaging defining moment: it confirmed what the electorate already believed.
And yet I'm surprised at how lasting the damage is with this. My apolitical acquaintances are still joking about it and the Obama campaign must be picking up on the problem in their focus groups or polling. I don't think campaigns that are going well do stuff like this:
President Obama sought to directly explain to voters what he meant by a comment about small business that has reverberated through Republican attacks on his re-election.
The new ad, “Always,” which will air in in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada, argues that Republicans were mischaracterizing a comment he’d made that seemed to suggest that small businesses weren’t solely responsible for their own successes.
What I find interesting about this is how ill-equipped the left and their media supporters are when it comes to understanding why this comment resonated with people.
All of my reporter friends keep saying that the comments were taken out of context. It's laughable. The comments actually sound much worse the more context that is provided.
And NBC says that Mitt Romney said the same thing as Obama a few years ago before the Olympics:
[I]n 2002, during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics -- the games in which Romney was lauded for turning around the management -- Romney made a similar argument about Olympians.
"You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power,” said Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right! [pumps fist].”
Are you freaking kidding me?
Does NBC really think that parents, coaches and communities are equivalent to the government? The sad truth is that they obviously do! And that is why they don't even begin to understand the reaction against Obama's comments. The confusion over the difference between Mommy and Daddy and The State does not bode well for our country, though. Our elites seem not to understand how society is ordered, much less the importance of the family and voluntary institutions.