It is hard to know whether Congressman Mike Kelly knew that his delicious diatribe on the House floor would be the perfect follow-up to Obama of Roanoke or not. But it was.
Thus, I submit that all you really need to know about the two general visions for America being debated in this election cycle can be summed up by contrasting the Pennsylvania congressman’s now semi-famous rant and Roanoke. Oh, it’s not all there is to know, but perhaps it really is all one needs to know — as it perfectly illustrates the progressive “you didn’t build that” government-centered mindset in action on Main Street, as that very mindset plays out every hour of every business day, destroying businesses, hopes, dreams, and lives.
Once the very foundational nature of this insidiousness is understood, everything else falls into place. Perhaps even in the minds of the precious moderates and independents. It’s the bureaucrats, stupid!
Vote Obama in 2012, and you have cast your ballot for more rules and more paperwork and more bureaucrats to answer to should you dare to try to carve out your little piece of the pie without government help. Vote against Obama, and you are at least saying “no” to the Roanoke vision.
Yes, bureaucrats, bureaucracies, red tape, endless and mindless regulations are the real cancer that is sapping the freedom from not only our economy, but also our very lives. As many are beginning to find out, and as Mr. Kelly so passionately described, red tape and bureaucrats cripple or destroy potential business deals on the surface every minute. But the more ominous impact is that below the surface, this dynamic depresses and numbs the human spirit of the would-be self-starting entrepreneur. And do not think for a minute that this is by accident.
True entrepreneurs naturally embrace the challenges of competition and marketing and of building a team, because those are inherent hurdles in a great game where the winners — and there are many winners — can achieve freedom and independence and self-actualization. And in this game, you win by having a good idea and by working hard and working smart and by innovation pursued with boldness. You win when your customers and your employees win, too. Win-win-win.
There is nothing in this great game that will ultimately defeat the entrepreneur. It is simple human nature. There is, however, one way to defeat the entrepreneur and thereby ruin an entrepreneurial economy.
Change the very nature of the game.