“They might be giants, and we might be pygmies; but we stand on the shoulders of giants, so we can see farther.” Attributed to Sir Isaac Newton
Liberals will try and deflect from this by pointing out that Romney said the following at the Salt Lake Olympics:
Well first off this, unlike the “You didn’t build that” comment is slightly out of context. But before we get to context let’s just deal with the quote the liberals chose…as even that isn’t the same thing as Obama’s dipshit statement.
Let’s see what words does Romney use in that quotes. Encouraged. Guided. None of which is equivalent to “You didn’t do that others did that.” “All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them up.” Which of course brings us back to the quote I have started each part of this series with: “but we stand on the shoulders of giants, so we can see farther.” Those who stand on the shoulders, on the groundwork others have built have done something those people couldn’t. They have done something that almost no one else could.
But is thanking someone equivalent to “you didn’t do that”? No. Look at the front or back of any book there is a long list of thanks and acknowledgements by the author to the people who helped them. But just because people may have helped in deep and meaningful ways, it is the author’s name on the dust jacket because they’re the one who did the vast majority of the work, they’re the ones who created something out of nothing, they’re the ones who poured their soul out, worked long hours, fought the impulse to give up and created something. And this is true of ANY entrepreneur, any Olympian, any person who accomplishes anything. They may have help and they should thank those individuals who helped them…but no sane person mistakes the kind of help individuals offer to one another for the actual accomplishment itself.
But ignoring that there is even a massive gulf between the two quotes out of context, let’s look actually at the full quote and see how while “You didn’t build that” wasn’t taken out of context, the Romney one kind of is.
“Tonight we cheer the Olympians, who only yesterday were children themselves,” Romney said. “As we watch them over the next 16 days, we affirm that our aspirations, and those of our children and grandchildren, can become reality. We salute you Olympians – both because you dreamed and because you paid the price to make your dreams real. You guys pushed yourself, drove yourself, sacrificed, trained and competed time and again at winning and losing.” …
“You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power,” said Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right!.”
Remember how the full context of Obama’s statement was that it doesn’t matter if you’re smart or worked hard because lots of people are smart and lots of people worked hard…and I guess the implication is that they all fail if government isn’t there to decide who wins and who loses. Everything preceding Obama’s statement was “You are not good enough. You cannot do it on your own. Your intellect and drive are worthless unless government decides you should win.” Well notice the context of Romney’s quote. He starts off telling the Olympians they did do that. “We salute you Olympians – both because you dreamed and because you paid the price to make your dreams real.” (And don’t even get me started on how Obama wouldn’t understand the idea of paying the price for your dreams…he is a man who has had everything in his life handed to him without effort…which is why he believes you didn’t build that, he didn’t.)
“We salute you Olympians” Did Obama anywhere in his speech say we should salute the businessman who create products and services for us to buy or whose business creates jobs and wealth? Does he say anywhere we should applaud them for taking a risk that could have lost them everything? Does he say we should be in awe of them sometimes, like now when they’re keeping their businesses alive when they have a piece of shit President doing everything in his power (both through legal and illegal means) to try and destroy them? Nope he doesn’t. Romney starts his speech acknowledging that it is the individual who accomplished something that deserves credit first and foremost. Obama doesn’t even understand that this should be anywhere on the list.
“You guys pushed yourself, drove yourself, sacrificed, trained and competed time and again at winning and losing.” Romney recognizes that it is the individual who chooses to push themselves and the individual who works to achieve their goal. The greatest parents and coaches in the world in the best facilities in the world can’t do a thing if the person isn’t willing to drive themselves. Compare that to “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.” In Obama’s world you don’t push yourself to achieve, you’re “allowed” to achieve because government, all powerful government, deigns that you may achieve at their sufferance.
So in answer to question that some truly idiotic liberal put on that picture above “Why is it ok for Mitt to remind elite athletes that they didn’t do it alone, but when Obama says the same of business people, the Right throws a hissy fit?” Because what Mitt and Barry are saying are not equivalent. Because there is a difference between you had help in achieving your dream and you didn’t do it, the government did it for you. Because one embraces what the individual is capable of and one denies the ability to shape your own life. Because one glorifies what man is capable of and one denies he is capable of anything. Because one is the basis of a system that provides freedom for the individual and one is the basis for the slavery of the collective. Maybe that’s why we’re getting into a “hissy fit” as idiotic liberals put it (intelligent people might call it justified righteous indignation). Because we can tell the difference between ideas and recognize their consequences.