Days of Change

Day 1356 – Fragile Collectivism | July 22, 2012

Rugged individualism is the idea that there are people who carve out their own success. They start businesses where they are the only employee then grow to become an employer in the community. The alternative is that the self-made man is exactly the same as the trust-fund baby who gets his MBA and becomes CEO of a company that already prospers. According to the president, even if you had the idea, found the money, invested your time and went into debt, you didn’t build it. It’s fragile collectivism, where you can’t possibly handle what the big bad world has to throw at you and the government is the ultimate safety net.

This new Democratic Party ideal aims to cast a wide net into the huddled masses, yearning to be free from debt and job instability. The problem is that many people have gotten into desperate financial situations in the three and a half years of the Obama administration. His intention is to claim the wealthy as holding profits that really belong to a government that created the opportunity to them. Not only does it absolve the president of any responsibility, it diminishes the wealthy by making them the same as every other working still, only with luck and connections.

It’s not just a marketing tactic, however. It is a state of mind. The idea of fragile collectivism has extended itself to the shooting in Colorado. Holmes may have shot 70 people, but the availability of the guns he used, or the capacity of the clips he loaded made it all possible. In other words, he didn’t build that, he had help. The message, however, is pretty sinister. Just as the important CEO is just like the average Joe with some lucky breaks, it seems that the Obama mentality means that you are as potentially dangerous as James Holmes if you face some tough breaks.

Otherwise, you are responsible for your own actions. Sometimes that knowledge sucks when you fail, but it drives you to successes that are all your own. There are always people to thank, but thanks do not make you forever beholden to the people who help you along the way. We’ve seen societies where people’s accomplishments were not valued. They were the Chinese factories of the 80s that produced garbage because they workers didn’t give a damn. Frankly, you see it in the auto companies of America today, where UAW workers know that the president will bail them out, even if they smoke dope in the parking lot during lunch.

Obama may have one point. If you agree that individuality doesn’t matter, then don’t bother voting. Let the “collective” take care of it. We rugged individual types will go to the polls instead.


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4 Comments

  1. Is it a surprise that an alleged adult who refuses to accept any reponsibility for his failures merely flips the coin over to say no one can take credit for success? The obverse of no-fault ilving–but merely a very thin disguise for anti-Americanism..

    Comment by Mary — July 22, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  2. And yet somehow HE killed UBL.

    Comment by 1539days — July 22, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  3. That, and inappropriately flyin the flag at half-mast following the CO murders are about all he can run on.

    Comment by Mary — July 22, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  4. Oh, wait, he got UBL by using Bush’s plan

    Comment by Mary — July 22, 2012 @ 9:52 pm


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