The various speeches, (Particularly that of Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan) and the appearance by Clint Eastwood, where right on target.the success of the speakers can be measured directly by the amount of screaming coming from the far left. I thought Eastwood, particularly good.
Here’s the Eastwood bit;
Not only do I think it was brilliantly done, there’s a deeper reason I approve of Eastwood’s appearance: For many generations now, the democrats have been using the Stalinist tactic of derision against it’s enemies… the Free Marketers, the Republicans, the Tea Party, Reagan… in fact anyone to the right of Fidel Castro.. What we saw in Eastwood’s performance is that same tactic turned against them. Which is precisely why they’re screaming so loudly about it today.
The rest were close enough to target to not quibble with them overmuch at least insofar as what they actually said. The Republicans for the most part, did what they needed to do.
My complaint with the Republican Convention is what was not said: They didn’t correctly identify the problem we as a nation and a culture face with the current occupant of the White House. It’s something apparently, the GOP establishment has decided not to talk about. Their reasons are at best unclear but apparently they think the truth this reveals to be to dark for most Americans to comprehend.
If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. … I’m always struck by people who think, “Wow, it must be because I was just so smart” — there are a lot of smart people out there. “It must be because I worked harder than everybody else” — let me tell you something, there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life…. Somebody invested in roads and bridges — if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. 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.
As for the first paragraph, Obama’s point is clear, and the hateful straw-man mockery of his tone drives it home: any practically successful person who is proud of his achievement is a fool, for in truth, something other than his own intelligence and effort is responsible for his success. The identity of that “something,” as if we couldn’t guess, is spelled out in the subsequent paragraph. Government is the provider, the facilitator, the ultimate source of all individual success. Thus, government has a legitimate (and seemingly unlimited) claim on the results of individual success.
The upshot of all this for the question of property is undeniable: private property is an illusion, the selfish fantasy of those who ignorantly believe that their possessions are the earned fruit of their labor. Your prosperity is the product not of your effort and skill, but rather of the general social conditions in which it was achieved. The public roads, the public education system, and other government projects which form the common background of practical existence obviate any inviolable claim you might make on anything you have acquired against that background. You owe your wealth to society, because “somebody else” (i.e., government) made it happen.
Underneath this statement by Obama is the underlying belief that if you didn’t tell that you don’t have a claim to it… that government is the one with the rightful claim to your property. This is nothing more and nothing less than a socialistic Marxist attack on private property, and individualism. Obama believes in the collective, not in the individual.
Note again, his quote that the free Market doesn’t work and never has.