Do You Get It?
By: Patti Bankson
Thereâ€™s no doubt that Barack Obamaâ€™s win in the 2008 presidential election made history, giving America its first black president. Thereâ€™s also no doubt, that â€œChange We Can Believe Inâ€ was a winning campaign slogan. But there were some doubts: what, exactly, did he intend to Change, and from what, into what? Mostly, could we afford to believe him?
Campaigning, Obama clearly said, â€œMcCain just doesnâ€™t get itâ€. Ironically, our current circumstances tell us that clearly, he doesnâ€™t get it, either… doesnâ€™t get free-market, capitalistic economic principles… doesnâ€™t get the stupidity of encouraging people with jobs to bite the hands of those who provide them… doesnâ€™t get that making it so difficult, complicated and expensive to do business here that companies take their jobs and go elsewhere, leaving us with what Obama wants us to believe is less than 10% unemployment. If, and wherever, thatâ€™s true, residents of Rhode Island at 12.3% unemployment, California: 12.4%, Michigan: 13.6% and Nevada: 14% would be happy to move there.
He doesnâ€™t get that â€œreformâ€ means fixing just the broken parts of something, leaving the rest alone… that the only result of throwing money at a problem is an increase in our debt level, which is already over the moon! … that his actions affect Joe, the Plumber and Winnie the Waitress… that punishing success and financially supporting failure doesnâ€™t make sense, or help anybody. He doesnâ€™t get that Socialism has already been tried and proven to be a complete failure. He doesnâ€™t get that Robin Hood didnâ€™t steal from the rich to give to the poor… he took back from the ruling classes the money theyâ€™d taken from the poor through onerous over-taxation. Motivation aside, stealing is stealing and is wrong. Period. So, hey, Congress… stop it, already!
He doesnâ€™t get that weâ€™re not stupid, deaf or blind… that we donâ€™t want a monarchy, or a dictatorship… that we wonâ€™t sit back and let him, or anyone else, turn the #1 country in the world, into just one more 3rd world country.
Letâ€™s not forget why weâ€™re #1: because we have a Constitution that gives us the freedom to choose the kind of life we want to live, and the liberty to make our own decisions as to whatâ€™s best for ourselves and our families.
Iâ€™d like to suggest that every citizen… particularly leaders and aspiring leaders… read the Constitution. And read The Declaration of Independence, which says, in part: â€œWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. â€“ That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.â€
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