Barack Obama, Roanoke, VA, July 13, 2012
Did you ever think you'd hear so much disdain for American entrepreneurship from the President of the United States? The statement above was made last Friday by Barack Obama at a Virginia campaign event.
I can't help but recall my Dad and Mom. Depression era kids, 8th and 9th grade educations, clawed and scratched to make a living as dairy farmers their whole life. At least two drought cycles nearly took it all away. They just worked harder, longer…and they made it. And, in the process they made life better for my sister, two brothers, and me. From 1952 until 1965 they never took a day off or so much as slept in a little late in the morning. That's more than 5000 mornings in a row of heading to the barn to milk those cows. I don't recall anyone from the government ever showing up at 4:00AM to help out.
My parents were exactly like millions of other Americans who had a fire in their belly to build something of their own, and in so doing they exemplified the dignity of work, the opportunity available in this great nation to those willing to work, and they left the world a bit better than it was when they first showed up. That's always been at the core of what we call the American Dream.
I was blessed to witness and benefit greatly from it. I understand and revere it. And, I am repulsed by anyone – most especially a President – who is disrespectful and insulting to the millions of Americans like my parents and what they accomplish every single day.
During these days of dismal economic performance and a woeful lack of understanding and leadership from the White House, thoughts naturally turn to other Presidents and how they handled difficult times.