The Collectivist Makes His Case: “You’re On Your Own” Economics Doesn’t Work

The President had quite the impressive schedule today – four fund-raisers in the North East, according to Keith Koffler.

Via RCP, here’s Obama speaking at a fund-raiser at one of his favorite types of venues; a college in Vermont:

“You know, each of us is only here because somebody somewhere felt responsibility, yes to their families, but also to their fellow citizens. Also to our country’s future. That’s the American story. The American story is not just about what we do on our own. Yes, we’re rugged individualists, we expect personally responsibility and everybody out there has got to work hard and carry their weight,” President Obama said at a fundraiser with college students at the University of Vermont.

“We also have always understood that we wouldn’t win the race for new jobs and businesses, and middle class security if we were just applying some ‘you’re on your own economics,'” Obama said.

“It’s been tried in our history and it hasn’t worked,” Obama said. “It didn’t work when we tried it in the decade before the Great Depression. It didn’t work when we tried it in the last decade. We just tried this. What they’re peddling has been tried — it did not work!”

Back in 2008, I directed attention to this December 1995 Chicago Reader interview of then candidate for IL State Senate, Barack Obama. I found his attack on individualism  to be quite alarming. Sadly, when you read his words from 1995 and compare them to what he is saying, today, you find that his collectivist philosophy has remained remarkably consistent over the years.

“In America,” Obama says, “we have this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.”

Out of appreciation for the fact the most Americans have this “bias” for rugged individualism, Obama still pays  lip service to it, today,  to even left-wing college crowds. But the song remains the same – individual actions are not sufficient.

Incidentally, in 1995, the Community organizer in him was interested in politicizing  more black churches:

In an interview after the class, Obama again spoke of the need to organize and mobilize the economic power and moral fervor of black churches. He also argued that as a state senator he might help bring this about faster than as a community organizer or civil rights lawyer.

His opinion of “the bitter clingers” has remained the same:

“The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it’s always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.

There was much speculation in 2008 over whether or not, Obama went to Louis Farrakhan’s  Million Man March earlier that year.. He did, of course.

Obama took time off from attending campaign coffees to attend October’s Million Man March in Washington, D.C. His experiences there only reinforced his reasons for jumping into politics.

“What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize each other and affirm our rightful place in the society,” he said. “There was a profound sense that African-American men were ready to make a commitment to bring about change in our communities and lives.

“But what was lacking among march organizers was a positive agenda, a coherent agenda for change. Without this agenda a lot of this energy is going to dissipate. Just as holding hands and singing ‘We shall overcome’ is not going to do it, exhorting youth to have pride in their race, give up drugs and crime, is not going to do it if we can’t find jobs and futures for the 50 percent of black youth who are unemployed, underemployed, and full of bitterness and rage.

“Exhortations are not enough, nor are the notions that we can create a black economy within America that is hermetically sealed from the rest of the economy and seriously tackle the major issues confronting us,” Obama said.

He did the same thing then that he continues to do today – demonize the “mean, cruel” Republicans:

We must deal with the forces that are depressing wages, lopping off people’s benefits right and left, and creating an earnings gap between CEOs and the lowest-paid worker that has risen in the last 20 years from a ratio of 10 to 1 to one of better than 100 to 1.

“This doesn’t suggest that the need to look inward emphasized by the march isn’t important, and that these African-American tribal affinities aren’t legitimate. These are mean, cruel times, exemplified by a ‘lock ‘em up, take no prisoners’ mentality that dominates the Republican-led Congress. Historically, African-Americans have turned inward and towards black nationalism whenever they have a sense, as we do now, that the mainstream has rebuffed us, and that white Americans couldn’t care less about the profound problems African-Americans are facing.”

A Community Organizer’s job isn’t to unite and solve problems, it is to divide and conquer.


Yes, Obama Had a No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Week – But There’s No Reason To Celebrate, Yet

Lisa Benson cartoon via Townhall

The week of March 25 may go down in history as the worst week of the Obama regime’s first term.

Via Hyscience,  Charles Hurt in The Washington Times sums up the President’s no good, horrible, very bad week.

So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it.

Add to that  the Dem Senate Voted Down His Attempt To Raise Taxes On Oil Companies. And the White House sponsored Media Matters intimidation campaign  to take down Rush also backfired badly: Rush Limbaugh Ratings Up 60% Since Fluke Controversy. And now the two top Republicans investigating Fast and Furious, Issa and Grassley are demanding that the President make a former aide available for testimony to see how far the scandal reached in the White House, (Uh-oh!)  Oh, he also lost Peggy Noonan, this week.

Ouch. Did anything go right for Captain Oblivious? No. But as Hurt says, you won’t see any trace of embarrassment in the face of Mr. Obama.

He has mastered the high political art of shamelessness, wearing it smugly and cockily. Kind of like a hoodie.

But for those  tempted to bask in Obama’s many failures, Kyle Becker of Conservative News Daily offers a word of caution:

With such a Promethean task set before us, how could a conservative dare to celebrate? Or better yet to ask, why start sniffing cigars? If there is anything we unhinged right-wingers know, it is that the GOP has a talent for botching a sure thing. Our party is the geeky kid in high school who couldn’t get a prom date if he was sexually outnumbered by the gals two-to-one. And forget second base even if he does.

What is pathetic about the state of our country is that we are tempted to celebrate victories that are no more than the losses of our ideological opponents. Such Schadenfreude is par for the course in demented left-wing circles, where the progressive cultists shoot politics and economy through the prism of “you lose, we win.” What makes us depraved right-wingers is we have that ignoble and inhumane spirit that if we work together in a free society, we all win.

That’s the position of Republicans like Paul Ryan, who stick their necks out to do what’s best for the country, even while knowing that their efforts will be savagely demagogued by the collectivist left.

A wise commenter at The Washington Times, left this comment on Charles Hurt’s post.

Before you dance a jig over his political grave, just bear in mind the rationality and intelligence level of the average Obama supporter. For them, objective, quantifiable, sustainable, long term results mean little or nothing in comparison with good intentions, quickie pseudo-fixes, and feelgood platitudes.

Case in point, my wife’s aunt from NY is an avid Obama supporter. You can tell her all day about the coming bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, about Obama running unsustainable $1 trillion deficits every year with no end in sight, about Obama Administration violations of federal law with Fast & Furious & Solyndra; about the crony capitalism, and about Obama’ role in raising energy costs (such as the gas prices of which she complains about a lot) —- and she disputes none of that, throughout it all staring at you blankly like a pig trying to understand a wrist watch, and then merely stating, “Yes, yes, but I just like him, I just do.”

It’s impossible to employ reason with people whose foundation of thought is based not on reason and accountability, but whose idea of what’s best for the nation is electing whomever can best reach them on an emotional level. If that’s where Obama supporters are coming from, then a bad week like this will just a minor bump on the road for Barack Obama.

In fact, if SCOTUS throws out Obamacare, thereby sparing Obama from trying to implement an unworkable, unsustainable, unpopular health care bill, the Supremes may even have done him a favor, allowing him to harangue stuff like “Yes, we did — yes, we can again! Re-elect me, and we’ll do it ever better next time.” Sounds crazy, but to a lot of Obama voters that’s sweet music.

Yes, the most depressing thing about Obama is his base of supporters. These are people who will allow their emotions to be manipulated by any community organizer. Which is what the President still is to this day.

 According to New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor — in her new book on Obama — Obama still thought of himself as a community organizer when he was senator. He still does today, and, Fund warns, conservatives should be prepared for his Alinsky tactics in the 2012 campaign.

It’s no coincidence that we are currently living through  crisis after manufactured crisis:

…the aftereffects of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, violence on our border with Mexico, the Occupy movement, assaults on religious freedom and free speech by the administration and activists, and the implausible organization and mobilization of fringe malcontents into politically active groups. These developments can all be traced (as I’ve recently indicated) to Obama’s political roots, which are borne out by his policies, his associations and his affinity for such doctrines as Black Liberation Theology and Critical Race Theory.

If  the Supreme Court throws out ObamaCare, I fully expect to see massive Occupy/MoveOn/HealthCareNow/ protests, and agitations –  perhaps degenerating into riots, this summer.

And sitting back, smugly watching his handiwork from on high will be The Community Organizer in Chief.

The fate of the country remains in shadow.