I watch as little of the quadrennial political conventions as I can. And I have no plans to watch the hurricane-delayed first day of the Republican National Convention, because I have to work Tuesday night.
However, I have to give the GOP credit for their plans tonight, as reported (before the hurricane) by Investors Business Daily:
Building on the reaction to President Obama’s disparagement of entrepreneurs and businessmen large and small, the GOP at next week’s Republican National Convention will dedicate Tuesday night to the theme of “We Built This!”
Speakers will include Sher Valenzeula, a Latina candidate for lieutenant governor in Delaware. Her campaign website notes she and her husband started an upholstery business that makes padding for baseball umpires and military vests.
“Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive,” the president famously has said of business owners. “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
According to Obama, those of you who thought that those bridges and roads were built with the tax dollars paid by businesses and the people they employ were sadly mistaken. The GOP hopes to capitalize on the justified anger of those who made personal sacrifices and put long hours into building their businesses.
This disdain for the individual and the American system of free enterprise designed to let everyone reach the limits of his or her talents and ambitions should be the overarching theme of the 2012 presidential campaign.
This is the president who, in a speech delivered at Osawatomie, Kan., in December, argued that while a limited government that preserves free markets “speaks to our rugged individualism” as Americans, such a system “doesn’t work” and “has never worked” and that Americans must look to a more activist government that taxes more, spends more and regulates more.
In Obama’s America, success is not to be applauded and encouraged; it must be punished. Wealth is not to be created, but to be redistributed. …
President Obama has been fundamentally transforming America into a nation of wagon-riders rather than wagon-pullers. Entrepreneurs and risk-takers, those who designed and built the wagon, are denigrated as the evil 1%.
But Obama has forgotten one thing: that to share prosperity, prosperity must first be created, and through taxation and regulation he has steadily reduced the incentives to do so.
And Barack the Socialist and his apparatchiks will unquestionably double-down on reducing the incentives to create prosperity in a second term. He is perfectly willing to let all the George W. Bush tax cuts expire in the weakest economic recovery since World War II because he is that stupidly stubborn, totally unwilling to admit his own fault in the trainwreck that is today’s actual economy.
(P.S. The headline refers to the flap the GOP has gotten into yet again over using the songs of rock singers who apparently prefer to vote for those who want to take all their money away, such as John “Pink Houses” Mellencamp, Bruce “Born in the USA (Which Sucks)” Springsteen, and Twisted Sister, whose Dee Snider blew a fuse over Paul Ryan’s use of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” I am confident that using “We Built This City,” which is a grossly overrated song anyway, would cause a conniption fit among the members of Jefferson Starship, or Starship, or whatever they call themselves these days. The advantage country music has over rock music is that country acts can love this country, apparently in contrast to rock “artists.”)