You Didn’t Build That

//You Didn’t Build That

You Didn’t Build That

Well I have tried to hold my tongue about the Obama comment that we didn’t build our own businesses. After reading the apology put up on the thinkprogress.org http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/ website I just can’t hold back any longer.

The crux of the apology is simply that when President Obama said,

[“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”]

Apparently, the word “that” in the preceding sentence was referring back to the sentence before the one it’s in and was actually referencing the roads and bridges. (Of course, using that logic it might have just as easily been referring to the American system or teachers.) So I am going to go out on a limb here and try to rewrite the sentence to reflect what the President meant to say.

If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build -roads and bridges -or- create this unbelievable American system -or- teacher(s). Somebody else made that happen.

Now it makes sense.

There is however just one tency, wency, little problem. The entire concept is a complete and utter fallacy. Simply put, if it is incumbent upon the successful to thank big government for the roads and bridges then don’t those who are less successful have the right to blame the government for the roads and bridges?

How many others used the same roads and bridges everyday but never took the initiative to become successful?

Furthermore why can’t those who have failed in this great American system simply point a finger out the tiny windows of his or her prison cell and blame the teachers and roads and bridges and government for his or her failure. You can’t have one without the others. If the government must be credited with the successes then it must also be blamed for the failures.

If you held up that liquor store to get money to buy some more meth, you didn’t do that. You didn’t rob that store or buy that meth and you certainly didn’t use any illegal drugs…

…There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to [fail]. Somebody invested in roads and bridges.

If you have a lifetime in prison you didn’t build that*.

*Meaning, of course, roads and bridges.

By |2018-07-17T21:59:21+00:00August 20th, 2014|