By now we’ve heard countless variations and interpretations of what Obama meant when he said “you didn’t build that.” A blogger at Abovetopsecret.com has his own and it’s a good one. BHe titled it: “If You’re Poor, You Didn’t Get There On Your Own. Government Helped You Get There.”
What I believe Obama meant to say:
“There are a lot of poor, downtrodden Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been on welfare, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so dumb. There are a lot of dumb people out there. It must be because I worked much less than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of lazy people out there.
If you were on welfare, somebody along the line helped you get there, and stay there. There was a government program somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this atrocious American system that we have that allowed you to stay poor. Somebody gave you food stamps and extended your stay in welfare. If you’re on welfare, you didn’t do that on your own. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we are poor, we stay poor because of our kollectivist “everyone is a victim” mentality. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody kept their own wages. That would be a hard way to keep you under our jackboots.”
This is the reality of being poor in America. You are kept poor. You are kept enslaved. You are not encouraged to get off of welfare and make a life for yourself. You are a victim and must keep sucking on the teat of Mother Government.
And if you are successful, it is your responsibility to help keep the poor there. After all, it was your fault they were poor in the first in the place. You had some, they had none, therefore you were wrong. And keeping them poor gives the rich something good to spend their dirty money on. Because America can’t thrive without victims.
Keeping the poor that way gives the guilty something to do. Something to make themselves Feel Better. And that’s all we need, right? To Feel Better. “I helped someone today to feel good about being poor.”