Dear Republican friends: In a recent speech, President Obama said this sentence: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
Romney and several of his influential supporters have been on the media circuit all week saying how offended they are about this, how Obama doesn’t understand how American business works, and how he’s destroying America… They’re running expensive TV ads and have their entire network of paid and/or stupid blogosphere followers buzzing over that sentence. Today, the Romney camp even unveiled t-shirts all about the above quote.
Right there on Mitt’s website, it says:
“Stand Up For American Businesses. This week, President Obama said: ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ Clearly, this President doesn’t understand how our economy works. Mitt Romney knows from experience that the government doesn’t create successful businesses — hard working individuals do.“
The problem is, the president never told business owners they didn’t create their business.
The GOP marketing machine took this one sentence out of the middle of an entire section of Obama’s speech which, if read in its entirety, would show (1.) Obama never said what the GOP is accusing him of saying, and (2.) your political party chose to promote a complete lie to the American people in order to make their candidate look better and win an election.
It’s up to you to decide whether you want to follow politicians who repeatedly conduct themselves exactly like this, through lies and manipulation. Personally, as much as I believe in fiscal conservatisms, I absolutely will never give my vote to a candidate who goes to church on Sunday, and then promotes an absolute outright known falsehood the very same week. Nor will I ever support a political party that chooses, time after time, to take advantage of what Americans don’t know, rather than helping them to know more.
Tell your politicians to stick with the issues, and argue their merits. If Romney wins this election based on complete and provable lies, non-disclosure, and denial of even his own opinions (from his governor days), then what does that say about the Republican party, about its followers, and about America?
It’s much easier to hear someone’s words, when you’re not thinking of them as some crazy enemy of the state. President Obama was clearly talking about how business succeeds with the help of America, and also rightly reminds business owners not to forget how much they owe to their fellow Americans who supported building those roads, the internet, and public education. It is a factual and valid statement, and has absolutely no other sinister or hidden meaning.
I’ve never worked for AT&T, IBM, Ford or Google – but I absolutely made it possible for all those companies to exist today.
Here’s the text of the entire section of Obama’s speech. See for yourself. And please, think for yourself. This GOP is void of all values, ethics and truth. Everything they say about President Obama can be proven false. If you choose to believe and follow these lies, instead of the truth, then you’re doing more harm to America than good.
“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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”