So we didn't build this, Mr. President of the United States of America?

Armstrong Williams | 9/21/2012, 1:06 p.m.
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"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. You built a factory out there, good for you...but you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate."

After analyzing both of their statements in context, I have come to the conclusion that Obama and Warren are sending one message to the American people loud and clear: They dismiss the efforts of free enterprise and individualism in favor of the state. They are not decrying just the rich either with this statement. They are saying that any successful businessman or woman who takes credit for his or her success is foolish for having the audacity to take credit for being successful.

Obama and Warren have forgotten that there are many other nations in the world with roads, bridges, teachers and other government services that have not even come close to the achievement levels of the United States. What those countries lack is the entrepreneurial spirit and the can-do attitude that allowed for the uniquely American explosion of talent and accomplishment. America is an exceptional country--a concept that Obama has grave difficulty with. It is time to celebrate what makes us great, and platitudes about doing "things better together" is not it.

If we continue to denigrate America's accomplishments from the highest levels of government, the can-do spirit will be replaced by a mentality of complacency that will quickly manifest itself in the decline of a great nation. We must instill in people, left, right and center, the fact that prosperity and freedom are the exception to the rule. In the history of the world, poverty is the norm, tyranny unsurprising. What we have in America is a precious gift from God that, once gone, is not at all certain to come back. Life is terribly unfair, and so for us to take our blessings for granted makes no sense whatsoever. We are the few, the happy few; we are Americans.

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