You may have heard that just the other day our President, Barack Hussein Obama, was caught saying these words; "If you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen.” Proof(!) that he is some foreigner socialist who despises success and needs to learn how to be an American (per the Romney campaign).
It's true. He said those exact words. He also said a bunch of other words that you may not have heard that contain the context of those exact words. Here are some of those other words:
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen.”
Now there were a lot more words both before and after that further enrich the context, but from just that bit the President's meaning was clear. America's greatness isn't all about "me and mine." It's more about "us and ours." Everything we have as a nation we built together. Some even gave their lives so that together we might be free to prosper.
We the people. A more perfect union. One People. We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. All men are created equal. Common defense. General welfare. To ourselves and our posterity. All of these words appear in our founding documents. From these words it is just as clear that our founding fathers imagined that together we could build a great nation.
President Obama has never discouraged or denigrated success, or successful people, in any way. He does believe successful people, including himself, should give back their share to the system that allowed them to prosper. A system built on the blood, sweat and tears of generations of Americans.
These aren't socialist ideas. They're American ideas. This cult of selfishness that pervades today's political discourse must end if our union is going to survive. We didn't get where we are today by just looking out for ourselves. What a preposterous notion.
Listen to the President's full remarks here: