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Will the Entrepreneur Rise?

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” So said the nihilistic president this week in a speech denouncing capitalism. Contrary to what Barack Obama says, an enterprise is not something “you’ve got”. It is something you’ve made and it is something you own. Though Obama’s comments are getting attention, the problem is not just with what Obama said, though what he said is bad enough. It’s in the way he said it. America’s anti-capitalist president speaks with a flip, curt, clipped, cynical style that underscores his nihilism: as I wrote in my “Obama, the Nothing Man” post, he stands for nothing. In a short sentence, he snidely dismissed the best efforts of millions of Americans who over years and decades – in countless investments, pitches, sketches, meetings and mistakes and restarts – work to achieve an enterprise of their own.

At least Mitt Romney, a private equity businessman who unlike Obama has a career of making money in a private business, called out Obama’s assault and defended the businessman: “Barack Obama’s attempt to denigrate and diminish the achievement of the individual diminishes us all.” Romney, who created ObamaCare’s predecessor and is not a principled advocate for capitalism, also said: “The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn’t build McDonald’s, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn’t build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America, and it’s wrong.” Even better, according to a newspaper Web site report, Romney asked everyone in the audience who started or ran a business to stand up, which many in the room did.

May all the U.S. artists, contractors, CEOs, business owners and producers stand – and speak – up against Obama’s assault on capitalism this November. If Romney continues to communicate even a general defense of individual rights, the president’s attack on people who create, produce and make money may backfire on Obama’s own campaign strategy to make Mitt Romney seem clueless about real middle class people and their values. The truth is that, whatever Romney’s flaws, it is Obama who is pompously out of touch like a malevolent emperor who has contempt for his subjects. May every entrepreneur of every type rise to reject the Obama administration this fall and articulate the case for the right to pursue his own happiness, including the right to make money.

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Walker’s Win in Wisconsin

Speaking to an overcrowded room in Waukesha, Wisconsin, embattled and victorious Gov. Scott Walker told the state and the nation that his decisive victory over a government union-driven recall campaign – and the meaning of proper government – is all about “faith, family and freedom.” Therein lies the problem with the prospect of a coming electoral repudiation of New Left nihilist President Obama.

The proper purpose of government is not faith and it is not family. It is the protection of individual rights, period. Unfortunately, Gov. Walker, who was right to stand up against government unions and seek to end the tyranny of so-called collective bargaining agreements, spent the first half of tonight’s speech hailing faith, family and tradition, rendering the vaguely magnanimous second half utterly incoherent, making it sound as if his primary gubernatorial goal is to improve the lives of his two children. He prattled on about his lieutenant governor’s children, too, which also has nothing to do with his victory, his governorship or the government of Wisconsin. He did not mention taking on Big Government and huge public spending, taxes and regulations, which are destroying the Midwest and America, let alone capitalism and individual rights, which are what we desperately need and are everywhere under siege. He did not mention any principles. He started on God, faith and family and trailed off into a nebulous message about nothing in particular, squandering a moment in history which should have been seized upon for a triumphant call for an end to the welfare state.

I’m glad Scott Walker defeated his opponent and did what he did to kill collective bargaining. His single-minded action ought to set the standard for how to govern, especially in the face of lawless thugs, anarchists and Big Labor types. His victory may be an indication of what’s to come in the November election just when America needs to stop bleeding with Big Government. But his bankrupt words are a sobering reminder that, in victory, today’s Republicans – who were founded in America’s Dairyland as a political party to end slavery over 150 years ago – will not stand for capitalism, individual rights and the pursuit of happiness. They may buy us more time by ending the reign of the New Left and stalling the rise of dictatorship in the United States, but they do not offer a principled political argument for a return to a nation founded on reason. The slogan beneath Gov. Walker’s victory podium tonight emphasized the word FORWARD, underscoring that he apparently aims to take Wisconsin forward toward a state based on faith, family and freedom and the third idea is impossible in a government predicated on the first two ideas. Forward, it turns out, is also the campaign theme of Re-Elect Obama. Neither candidate’s slogan properly answers the question: forward … toward what? Nothing less than a nation based on rights will do.

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Obama on Same-Sex Marriage

The president announced today in an interview that aired on Disney’s ABC News that his previous opposition to same-sex marriage has “evolved” into acceptance, which Ed Henry reported tonight on News Corporation’s Fox News was his original position before he ran for president in 2008.

When Mitt Romney changes policy positions, it’s widely regarded as a flip-flop (which it is, because he does). When Obama flip-flops, it’s an evolution? Whatever it’s called, Obama’s meaningless announcement that he has changed his mind again on same-sex marriage is driven by a single purpose: to divide the nation. Almost everything he does is predicated on spreading American disunity.

With a dismal economy and a fundamental 2012 presidential election choice between an incumbent who has imposed Big Government by force and intimidation, including what may be the worst law in U.S. history, the government takeover of medicine known as ObamaCare, and a candidate who claims he opposes Big Government (whatever his contradictions), Barack Obama seeks to use the media to keep the public distracted by a focus on his own personal narrative, which is more or less what got him elected four years ago. But by now we know: he lies. President Obama is no more interested in the individual rights of gays – who reportedly tend to make more money than most Americans, which means gays are among anti-capitalist Obama’s top victims – than he is in the individual rights of any other Americans, rich or poor, black or white, male or female. Two of his better positions, partial approval of stem cell research and allowing gays to serve openly in the military, were practically the result of political pressure.

Whatever the arguments for and against same-sex marriage, and this writer opposes laws that target groups of people such as North Carolina’s new constitutional amendment barring gay couples from any legal recognition, today’s big Obama “news” amounts to another cynical, nihilistic, narcissistic big lie. Culturally, because he is such a discredited ally for gays and such a vitriolic opponent of individual rights, Obama’s calculated expression of his personal opinion arguably does gays more harm than good. And, legally, it means nothing.

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Obama, the Nothing Man

President Obama, who arrived today in Kabul, Afghanistan, just finished addressing the nation tonight in a televised speech – addressing a camera, not U.S. troops – telling the public the opposite of the truth: that the United States is pulling out of Afghanistan. In fact, Obama signed an agreement pledging U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan until at least 2024. The war that began under President Bush on October 7, 2001 has essentially been extended with our soldiers in harm’s way for no decent purpose in our nation’s interest another 12 years in what adds up to a 23-year war for nothing.

In chronic re-election campaign mode, Obama, with heavy eyelids and moving his eyes slyly from side to side while reading his script, spoke at an undisclosed location decorated in military beige somewhere at Bagram Air Field at 7:31 pm ET. Though the new agreement stipulates that Afghan forces take over their state’s security in 2013, with U.S. troops scheduled to officially withdraw in 2014, the U.S. is now committed to what Obama calls “an enduring partnership” in which American soldiers train, advise, and assist and fight (his words, not mine) in Afghanistan, where our republic has now endured the longest war in U.S. history.

On the first anniversary of the date that the U.S. launched an assault on Osama bin Laden, who was outrageously given religious burial ceremonies by the U.S. military, Obama chose this date to boast that the U.S. is negotiating with what was once Al Qaeda’s state sponsor, the Taliban (which he pronounces “tolly-bahn”), praise the Afghan security force, which increasingly attacks U.S. soldiers, and refer to 9/11 as the day in which “3,000 innocent men, women and children” were killed, making absolutely no mention of the fact that Americans were murdered on 9/11 for being Americans – mass murdered on American passenger jets, in America‘s tallest skyscrapers and at the center of America‘s military defense. Instead, Obama vowed to protect what he describes as “dignity and human rights” for the people of Afghanistan.

With not a single word about individual rights for Americans, which he has unceasingly assaulted since taking the oath of office, he glided through more lies about “an America where children live free from fear” knowing that American children are growing up in terror of the government – especially the TSA, which ought to be abolished – including a four-year-old girl physically isolated, patted down and detained as a suspected terrorist in Kansas last week. It is monstrous that this president is our commander-in-chief; like his predecessor, he rejects the ethics of selfishness so he cannot credibly pretend to represent the nation’s self-interest, and when he refers to “a just and lasting peace” – the line on which he ended (bungling the words) – there is no doubt that the peace and justice he seeks is 100 percent antithetical to the United States of America. He proved again that he represents the nothing, the nil, and that he is taking us to our doom, with our precious American soldiers leading the way. Tonight, the nothing president Obama hustled another deception and expanded a war for nothing well into the new century, hastening the end of America, all the while calling it the opposite of what it is.

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Cathie Wright, 1929 – 2012

Former California State Senator Cathie Wright died this morning at 9 a.m. from complications of dementia at her home in Simi Valley, her daughter, who was at her side, told me earlier today. She was 82. I first met her a few years ago at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum during an event featuring comedian Dennis Miller. We hit it off and had planned to work together. Sadly, Mrs. Wright, who served Simi Valley, Ventura County and California in city council, state Assembly and state Senate, and had run against Gray Davis for lieutenant governor in 1994, became ill before we really got started, though we remained friends. She was a tough and independent legislator who, like me, was born in Pennsylvania and raised as a Roman Catholic, which she remained until the end. I will miss Cathie Wright. She was decent, honest and even-handed. Right now, I am thinking of her only child, Victoria Catherine, and her granddaughter, and those lucky enough to have known the indomitable Cathie Wright. May she rest in peace.

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