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You Can't Build That: The Anti-American Stance of President Obama

Updated on November 14, 2016

The Most Anti-American President in History

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Not only has President Obama maligned those individuals who have created businesses, but with the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, he has prevented some of them from even constructing an apparatus that would promote business. His collectivistic mantras and backward ideological stance both paint a portrait of a president who is thoroughly anti-American. Rather than advocating for the individualistic ideals which formed the foundation of this country, President Obama has chosen to deride and denigrate the men and women who wake up to make things. And to make a point that is antithetical to rational thinking, he claims that climate change, or the natural alterations of the planet, is caused by man. To damn humanity is the lowest jab at the technological advances that mankind has forged over the centuries. And that is what environmentalists preach. To deny the thinking egoists the chance to develop and turn a profit is one of the evils that the president has perpetrated.

The millions of people who would’ve benefitted from the implementation of the pipeline now may never know the service which it would’ve provided. The very individuals which the president professes to help and remember have been left and forgotten. Their cries for the oil which would have supplemented the use of the benefits of a fossil fuel based device may now remain silent. How inane is it that the president damns man in order to allegedly protect a Leon Springs Pupfish? Has he no understanding that if you want to save a tree, you plant more trees than you uproot; that to keep the plants and animals that one seeks to preserve, you need capitalism and the recognition of property rights, and the rule of law?

Apparently, the president’s track record for supporting altruism has lead him to reach such decisions. Because he has such low esteem for individualists, businessmen, and anyone who wants to make a way for themselves, President Obama has continued to stop them in their tracks. The regulations and controls imposed on these persons burden and restrict them from achieving the greatness which they may possess. Only a brute would sanction these actions as good or life-promoting. Yet the devastating policies of the errant leader of the semi-free world persist.


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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Sir -- I am not arguing with the facts. You are simply calling many of your opinions facts, and this is something I will and can continue to disagree with.

      You bring up things like Yelp. Great. Wonderful. We have had reviews (peer and otherwise) for as long as we have had print... but the last 100 years of gross negligence has happened anyway. If "profit motive drives a producer to protect his or her employees and consumers" then explain the safety record of textiles, manufacturing, etc.

      You bring up eye-wash stations and the like. And have you studied the causes -- the reasons why these things were invented? Please do so. This, for example, is a great study in how government regulation drove innovation as a way of solving a problem that (due to government intervention) was starting to hurt the bottom line. Read that again. While people were hurt and the bottom line was not, industry and industry continues to force unsafe work conditions upon people. When government got involved and fines were instituted, someone was finally assigned to work toward solving the problems.

      I am not getting into an Ayn Rand debate. I have watched how those devolve and have no desire to get into another. And I do "feel" that way. And I have, for the most part, stopped thinking about her.

      And after this... I am done debating you. You believe what you believe. You think this is an acceptance of the facts. I read what you write, and it is obvious (to me) this is a misunderstanding of that which is a fact, and that which is a cherry-picked data point.

      Take care. Enjoy. And have a good life.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      It's not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. The facts are what they are. You can't argue with the truth. And you say that no company would regulate itself when I can offer yet another self-regulating company in Yelp, which does just that. The reviews enable individuals to make decisions on what pizza to eat, shoes to buy, or school in which to enroll. Everything from plastics to eye wash stations to emergency levers to sprinkler systems have served as innovations. Not government. It creates, builds, or makes nothing. It is in a company's rational self-interest to implement these expressions of a thinking brain. The profit motive drives a producer to protect his or her employees and consumers. In order to make money, and as a cosequence of production, stay ahead of competition, corporations take steps to ensure that their factories, plants, and products meet top safety standards. It's all about selfishness. May government butt out, permanently.

      Now, it's unfortunate that you "feel" that way about Ayn Rand. I write feel because it appears that you've stopped thinking about her. But would you please give me specific examples of where Miss Rand exhibits "bat dung crazy" ideas and where she is "as wrong as wrong can be"?

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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      We will simply have to agree to disagree, sir. Regulation of any and all business is needed. You may not like it. It may be something that can be abused. But it is needed, because any industry left to its own devices has no desire--or really any incentive--to properly regulate itself. The textile industry and others improved their safety because of government regulation, not because of advancements in technology. The textile industry was held accountable for their safety violations because of government regulation, not because it was the right thing to do or because they felt responsible for people losing arms in various machines or burning to death tinderbox-like sweatshops.

      I am not going to slog through any more Ayn Rand. I did that to myself once. I have no desire to do it again. As a young man, I found merit in many of her ideas. As an older man, I am more apt to see where she was bat-dung crazy and as wrong as wrong can be.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      Adam Smith, like the Founding Fathers, provides a political understanding of capitalism. He also views it as a system which promotes social utility. What advocates of free markets ought to profess is morality. It is the ethical stance of capitalism which ought to be considered. Yes, this system works but it is also about justice. People may be people, as you say, but this country is not a nation of people. It is a nation of laws. So, when there is a disagreement, men and women can settle these matters rationally through the law courts.

      The conditions of the textile and manufacturing industries improved over the last century due to the technolgoical advancements in safety. Regulations constrain, prohibit, and limit the productive powers of people in the market. They do not promote life but impede progress. Today we have a form of slavery in regulations which force individuals to comply with the edicts of some bureaucrat who hasn't a clue how to run a business.

      While the incidents involved in Uber may be tragic, the virtue of this company shines through. It challenges the established notion of the regulated taxi industry. By providing a volitional, contractural service, both drivers and passengers benefit.

      I offer Uber as well as Angie's list to illustrate the examples of companies which self-regulate. Government does not have to act as Father State and Mother Fed and look over the shoulders of private individuals. Angie's List relies on a review system which determines the best. Both companies show that government regulations violate viciously individual rights.

      Check out this thorough explanation of the difference between laws and regulations:

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dKpbmm8Iqv0

      I would suggest that you re-read Ayn Rand's "The Virtue of Selfishness" particularly "The Objectivist Ethics" and "The Nature of Government." As she demonstrates, reason ought to reign supreme in the lives of men and women. As selfish, greedy individuals, pursuing their interests, Rand holds that their own lives will be enriched. She displays that with rationality a person can achieve the only moral purpose of his or her life: happiness. For that (and a plethora of other reasons) she is right.

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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Adam Smith was right, to a degree. Laissez-faire capitalism sounds great, but people are people. Some regulation is required or what you get is defacto slavery. The idea that *all governmental regulations or intrusions or interventions within the economy are immoral* is ridiculous. All one has to do is look at the lack of worker safety in everything from the textiles industry to manufacturing over the last 100 years to see that.

      Uber? Check out this: http://www.whosdrivingyou.org/rideshare-incidents

      Angie's List. I have no issues with Angie's List. Not sure what you are trying to say bringing that one up.

      I have read everything Ayn Rand published. I think she is a fine writer of fiction; her philosophical writing leaves a lot to be desired. It is not unexpected, considering her background. But that does not make her right.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      Sir, you don't have to be dismissive. And I don't believe in luck. What I do support, however, is laissez-faire capitalism. All governmental regulations or intrusions or interventions within the economy are immoral. They undermine and undercut the role that the individual plays in a free market. Just take for instance Uber. By selecting which driver you want to ride with and the driver choosing which passengers he would like to trade with, both the producer and consumer are regulating. Angie's List is another example. The consumer writes reviews based on the performance of professions raging from landscapers to physicians. Government has no business in the lives of private citizens except to guard them from coercion. How much of any Ayn Rand have you read?

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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      If you honestly believe that *all* regulations are evil and unnecessary, then we have incompatible world views. I think you are fundamentally wrong at the core of your thinking. That said, I wish you all the luck in the world.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      History might show that government has played a role in regulating the economy, but that does mean that it is right. All regulations are evil and unnecessary. They exist as insults to the intelligence of producers and consumers. They disrupt and damage the free market and undermine the actions of forward thinking individuals. What is this "short-sighted business?" If a private company is in fact "short-sighted" then it will either work to plan for the long term or go out of business. The only position government ought to hold is in protecting citizens from force and fraud. That's it.

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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      "But what makes you think I haven't done the reading?" The fact that this is not one liberally minded President and one such administration being compared to one conservatively minded President and one such administration -- this is a trend which goes back through many administrations.

      History has shown that the government has a role in regulating an economy. It also shows that well administered regulation is not the enemy of business, it is only the enemy of short-sighted business.

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      Here correlation does not imply causality. Just because a Democratic administration is in office does not mean the economy improves just because a Republican isn't. Private sector individuals determine whether or not a country's economy gets better or worse. Since there exist so many controls and regulations in business, the state is only in the way of economic progress. The government does not make or create or build. It is a gun. It has a monopoly on force and it's sole role is to protect rights.

      Just as there ought to be a separation between church and state, so ought there be a separation of state and economics. Since there is no God, there ought to be only rational individuals who do not fuse their beliefs with policy. I agree with you on that point. But what makes you think I haven't done the reading?

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      Skyler Saunders 2 years ago from Newark, DE

      I disagree. My stance is fine the way it is. My view is simple and direct. It actually has one dimension: objectivity. Businesses have been strangled, throttled, and controlled under both Republican and Democratic administrations. The key difference in liberal or conservative administrations is that conservatives advocate for business and capitalism to serve God. Liberals promote welfare statism to grow government in order to serve society. Both assertions are immoral. Do you have any specific examples of your claims about these two political movements?

      Government ought to have no role in the economy. It ought to do its one job which is to protect individual rights. And do it well. Sadly, instead of doing this President Obama disregards businessmen and the profit motive and entrepeneurship by saying, "You didn't build that." Now, with the case of the pipeline, he has barred individuals fron pursuing their futures with respect to the oil which would've been produced. That is simply wicked.

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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

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      K David Ladage 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      I think this view is rather simplistic, two-dimensional, and fails to see the point of most of President Obama's policies. Business in the United States under his White House has been amazingly successful and profitable. In fact, historically, it is a truism that businesses (and the overall economy) do far better under liberal administrations that conservative ones.

      I think you might want to re-assess your stance.

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