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The Single Reason for Not Reelecting Barack Obama
Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2012 | Bruce Bialowsky

Posted on 10/22/2012 4:59:47 AM PDT by Kaslin

If you recognize the name Shel Talmy, you’re a true rock ‘n’ roll aficionado. He was the original producer of The Who and The Kinks. Producing just one of these legendary bands would in itself make him legendary – two makes him monumental. He was there when Ray Davies sang You Really Got Me and Roger Daltrey sang My Generation.

Mr. Talmy walked into my office one day. He wanted help collecting his royalties for all those timeless songs that he helped to shape. After decades in England, he had just moved back to the United States, and, when I asked why he had decided to come home, he replied “England is so dark, pessimistic.” He went on to say something that I had heard before, but never in such a personal context: “In England, if they see someone driving an expensive car, they ask why does that guy have the right to drive it? Who is he? In America, they say ‘I want to get me one of those.’”

Mr. Talmy expressed the essence of what America is about – that individuals have the opportunity to accomplish whatever they want. If you work hard and are willing to sacrifice – and you’re blessed with some talent or a little luck you can achieve great things in business, the arts, or sports. That’s why people come here in droves – they want to enjoy the fruits of their own efforts without the government stripping it away from them. The right of the individual to achieve his dreams is uniquely American, and this is the essence of what President Obama does not understand and why he should therefore not be reelected.

This has nothing to do with the question of where he was born. That issue has been settled and is not a matter of discussion. This has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. He states clearly he is a Christian and it is ridiculous to question that. You can even divorce this issue from his childhood. This has to do with his life experience.

His inability to grasp this essential principle – in effect, what America represents – is deeply embedded in his character. It’s the result of Mr. Obama’s focus for his entire life, including his educational background, and his “career” choices, along with the people with whom he chose to associate as an adult. He has molded his own view of life and that view is significantly different than the American experience. Having never worked for a profit-seeking company, his grasp of how America functions exists in a vacuum completely opposite from the America experienced by ordinary citizens of all races and creeds. When he speaks of how he does relate, those expressions are not internalized consciousness, but externalized platitudes. He reads from a teleprompter, not speaking from the heart.

I recently had a discussion with a Rabbi about the Tenth Commandment, which states "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's." He clarified for me a common misunderstanding about this commandment. Quite often, he said, people think it means you shouldn’t covet anything, but that is not true. The scriptures were quite specific and they did not intend for people never to covet. Rather, they encouraged you to aspire to things you want as long as you do so legally and through your own efforts. The Rabbi described the essence of America, and why this country has achieved the greatness it has. President Obama, from his actions and his rhetoric, clearly believes the misconceived notion of the commandment as described by the Rabbi – that to aspire to financial success is immoral, and that those who have achieved success have broken the Tenth Commandment and have done harm to others. Therefore, they must be punished by taking their success from them in the name of “fairness.”

When the President goes off his teleprompter, he betrays his finely honed image and reveals his true inner core. Two years ago, while speaking about Dodd-Frank, he said “We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that is fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you have made enough money.” And it’s why he willingly embraced Elizabeth Warren’s rant that was derived from Berkeley Professor George Lakoff’s book Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives, that successful Americans did not create their own success.

Without the protection of his teleprompter, Obama blurted out agreement with her un-American belief against individual accomplishment. His inherent value system allowed him to state “Look, if you've been successful, 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 smart.” Later, he added the phrase that defines the essential Obama: “If you got a business you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” There is no taking that out of context. We’ve never heard that from an American President because no other President has ever believed that the government – and not the individual – is the primary engine of our economy and our country. Even in our darkest hours, presidents like Lincoln and FDR didn’t think we would win the war because of the strength of our military forces, but because of the character of our individual soldiers and the men and women working on the home front.

During the last election President Obama stated “We are five days away from fundamentally changing America.” He meant that. He has spent the last four years emphasizing that government is central to our existence, and that the individual must be subordinated for the greater good. He does not accept that the real greater good comes from the efforts of individuals exercising their freedom and that government exists principally to enable them to pursue their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

President Obama does not understand these central tenets of the American being. He was given an opportunity to prove otherwise, but he has failed. We are therefore obligated as Americans to restore to the presidency someone who does hold these truths to be self-evident.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: christianity; election2012; obama; religion

1 posted on 10/22/2012 4:59:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark for later.


2 posted on 10/22/2012 5:02:16 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin
In short, Obama is a flat-out Marxist.

He should ask the elderly survivors of the Soviet Union under Stalin, China under Mao or anyone older than 35 from Eastern Europe how well that went....

3 posted on 10/22/2012 5:06:31 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Kaslin
“England is so dark, pessimistic.” He went on to say something that I had heard before, but never in such a personal context: “In England, if they see someone driving an expensive car, they ask why does that guy have the right to drive it? Who is he? In America, they say ‘I want to get me one of those.’

This is exactly what I experienced living in England in the 80’s. It is Socialism/Class Warfare at it's unhappiest. We must stop this in our country or we will never be prosperous or successful again.

4 posted on 10/22/2012 5:07:38 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Kaslin

Obama is STILL ineligible to be re=elected, of course nobody seems to consider that little fact.


5 posted on 10/22/2012 5:10:25 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Kaslin

Great article! Yep, I think this about sums it up.

I don’t think he’s damaged us beyond repair, but we’re surely limping and sputtering.

Nov 6 will not be merely an election, or even an eviction, it will be an exorcism.


6 posted on 10/22/2012 5:11:03 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Kaslin
The question to ask is this: every country has roads, bridges, etc, why then has America been successful beyond other countries? It is our American Dream which no other country embraces or understands. Work hard, get ahead and the Government should just get out of the way and let every person excel to their own personal abilities.
7 posted on 10/22/2012 5:11:36 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Kaslin

Obama??

he suck.


8 posted on 10/22/2012 5:12:55 AM PDT by Gasshog
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To: originalbuckeye

sound familiar?

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=wq_lhlIn1e0


9 posted on 10/22/2012 5:14:14 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

Stopped reading at “This has nothing to do with the question of where he was born. That issue has been settled and is not a matter of discussion.”


10 posted on 10/22/2012 5:19:37 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: originalbuckeye

Most people attribute the desire to have what others have to the popularity of socialism, and mix this desire up with coveting.

Wanting to take what someone else has for your own, through means other than earning it, is simply a desire for theft, not coveting.

Coveting, in its worst form, is epitomized by the “English” reaction to the nice car - “he shouldn’t have it, and I want to do something to make it so he can’t have it”.

THIS is what drives socialism and class warfare.


11 posted on 10/22/2012 5:21:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Gasshog

“he suck, he sucks BAD” (argument won?)

ROMNEYPHONE! ROMNEYPHONE!


12 posted on 10/22/2012 5:22:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

good read


13 posted on 10/22/2012 5:23:20 AM PDT by Snuph ("give me Liberty...")
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To: Kaslin

Because Obama hates America and what it stands for.


14 posted on 10/22/2012 5:38:45 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Kaslin
This has nothing to do with the question of where he was born. That issue has been settled and is not a matter of discussion. This has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. He states clearly he is a Christian and it is ridiculous to question that. You can even divorce this issue from his childhood. This has to do with his life experience.

His inability to grasp this essential principle – in effect, what America represents – is deeply embedded in his character.

I'll disagree with the author's assertion of "birthplace settled", but that's an aside.

The cited quote can be summarized as "He may or may not have been 'born' an American. What is indisputable is that he was not 'raised' an American".

15 posted on 10/22/2012 5:53:08 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Excellent point


16 posted on 10/22/2012 6:03:04 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Good catch


17 posted on 10/22/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
Stopped reading at “This has nothing to do with the question of where he was born. That issue has been settled and is not a matter of discussion.”

I almost stopped there as well. The next two sentence, "This has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. He states clearly he is a Christian and it is ridiculous to question that," are also objectionable, but I held my nose and continued. It was worth it.

Bottom line: Americans believe in The American Dream. Obama doesn't.

18 posted on 10/22/2012 6:15:11 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Benghazi murders due to spontaneous riot over a video. Or terrorism. Depends on the day.)
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark for later.


19 posted on 10/22/2012 6:17:55 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark


20 posted on 10/22/2012 6:28:29 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Kaslin
bmk.. :-(

21 posted on 10/22/2012 6:41:34 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: Kaslin

This is good, aside from his BC or his religion (or lack thereof). The typical Obamabot probably has the same attitude toward this country.


22 posted on 10/22/2012 8:09:13 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningful to say)
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To: DuncanWaring

“He may or may not have been ‘born’ an American. What is indisputable is that he was not ‘raised’ an American”.

This is the 100% truth of the matter. He was not raised as an American. His worldview from the time he was a child was not American. It was continually reinforced through his adolescence and adulthood.


23 posted on 10/22/2012 8:10:55 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: wayoverontheright

Your last line is dead on.


24 posted on 10/22/2012 8:29:36 AM PDT by Tawiskaro
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To: Kaslin

The simple fact is Obama could win himself millions of extra votes if he’d just announce (while lying through his teeth) that he was a champion of free-market capitalism. But of course, he can’t bring himself to utter those words for obvious reasons. He’s too much of a committed, socialist ideologue to spit those words out of his mouth. He can talk about America’s greatness, but he only means it in the sense that the takers continue taking from the producers. In reality he abhors free-market capitalism and wishes to destroy all vestiges of it.


25 posted on 10/22/2012 8:37:32 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

Because he is destroying this Country!


26 posted on 10/22/2012 9:08:04 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: Kaslin
Rather, they encouraged you to aspire to things you want as long as you do so legally and through your own efforts.

I would suggest that aspiration, and even greed, are very different from envy; I would consider only the latter synonymous with covetousness. A person who is covetousness of his neighbor's property is one who harbors ill feelings towards his neighbor as a consequence of such property. Whereas most of the Seven Deadly Sins represent necessary things taken to excess (eating, sex, assertiveness, rest/recuperation, aspiration, and satisfaction), envy serves no useful purpose even in moderation.

27 posted on 10/22/2012 3:58:15 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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