By: Jeffrey Klein, Political Buzz Examiner
For President Barack Obama it’s the bottom of the 9th inning, his team is getting clobbered and although he is at the plate, he has never seen a baseball bat before–however, he has no problem comparing himself to Babe Ruth–which is, in effect, what he did during a “whistle-stop” speech yesterday afternoon.
Osawatomie, Kansas, is a small Midwestern town of about 4,400 people, parked about 60 miles south of Kansas City, where President Obama spoke for an hour, to a crowd in their high school gymnasium.
Obama declared the American “middle class” to be in jeopardy, and in true campaign-style suggested, without actually asking for re-election, that [with him] the country could “reclaim its standing,” but only if everyone had a “fair shot” and a “fair share,” according to an Associated Press article.
The [nameless] author summarized Obama’s stance in this way … “Obama presented himself as the one fighting for shared sacrifice and success against those who would gut government and let people fend for themselves.”
And further, … “He [Obama] did so knowing the nation is “riven” over the question of whether economic opportunity for all is evaporating.”
“Throughout the country, it’s sparked protests and political movements, from the tea party to the people who’ve been occupying the streets of New York and other cities,” Obama said.
President Obama continued, … “This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home and secure their retirement.”
In fact, the purpose of Barack Obama coming to Osawatomie to give his speech, was to “channel” back to former President Teddy Roosevelt, who gave his “New Nationalism” speech here, back on August 31, 1910; but, to a crowd of 30,000, versus the 1,500 assembled today.
According to the AP article, Roosevelt said then the fight for progress was a conflict “between the men who possess more than they have earned and the men who have earned more than they possess.”
President Obama, on the offense, speaking of Republicans, … “Their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules…I’m here to say they are wrong.”
And, [responding] to those who want to cut taxes and regulation in the belief success will trickle down, Obama said: “Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.”
Finally, Obama noted that Theodore Roosevelt was called a “radical, a socialist, even a communist,” for putting forth ideas in his last campaign, such as an eight-hour work day, a minimum wage for women, unemployment insurance and a progressive income tax.
Interestingly enough, Obama didn’t bother to reveal that Roosevelt’s Bull Moose campaign failed to return him to the White House in the 1912 election, according to the AP article.
“In the end,” Obama said, “rebuilding this economy based on fair play, a fair shot and a fair share will require all of us to see the stake we have in each other’s success.”
The Obama administration’s take is that Roosevelt’s Osawatomie speech was about a “fair chance, a square deal and an equal opportunity to succeed,” reads a description on the president’ schedule, according to a FOXNews article by Kimberly Schwandt.
Ms. Schwandt also noted that according to the Kansas Historical Society records that Roosevelt’s speech met with wide reaction from the 30,000 people in attendance…including calling them “Communist” and “Socialist.”
Finally, in her article, she quotes Roosevelt who said, “This New Nationalism regards the ‘executive power’ as the steward of the public welfare.”
President Roosevelt’s undoing came about when the “producing” members of society rejected his “Communist Manifesto,” probably because they lived 100 years closer to the hardships and sacrifices endured by our forefathers in birthing our nation.
President Obama has revealed his true stance, illustrated by his arrogant proposition that people are universally ‘entitled’ to own a home, have savings, raise a family and enjoy a secure retirement–this is one form of the “American Dream,” not a guarantee.
There is no such thing as “shared sacrifices” in America, unless you define it as how much time someone like Sam Walton spent away from home and his family, while pursuing his passion of building the largest retailing empire in the world–from scratch, within his own lifetime.
As a result, the Walton’s also became one of the wealthiest families in the world–achieving their definition of the American Dream.
However, Sam Walton created hundreds of thousands of jobs for people all over the country; including my nephew, who made good life choices, got a solid education, started at the bottom rung on the ladder to success, then worked his way up to become the General Manager of his local Wal-Mart store.
As a result, he now owns his own home, has savings, married his high school sweetheart, who is raising their two wonderful kids, and are building for their retirement.
This is the way most American’s view the American Dream, not the “class envy/warfare” proposition; so, just like their forefathers swept President Roosevelt from office in 1912, so will they sweep President Barack Obama from office one hundred years later.
Copyright (c) 2011 by Jeffrey Klein