I AM One of Those People You Lied About in Roanoke, Mr. Obama
By Jon Rappoport
July 19, 2012
On July 13, 2012, President Obama made a speech in Roanoke, Virginia, that will live in infamy. He said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Media outlets criticized those who “put such a narrow interpretation on the president’s words.”
Here is my proud confession.
I am one of those people Obama talked about in his speech in Roanoke. I AM one of those people.
Obama claimed I didn’t create my own business. I am one of those people Obama claimed wasn’t really there at all as a prime mover in his own enterprise. I am one of those people Obama claims is eternally beholden to the system, the public sector, the government, which is his business.
His business, as with the parade of our fake presidents, is stealing everything he can. That’s what knows how to do and that’s what he wants to do. He never invented a business. He never created an ongoing enterprise in the private sector.
I am one of those people he thinks “wasn’t there” and “didn’t do it.” He is making a religion out of that intentionally perverse and foul perception. I never imagined I would see the day when a US president came right out and said, “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Those were his catastrophic words. That is his tool for dragging in more support from the expanding impoverished underclass his own administration is creating.
I’m one of those people he was talking about in Roanoke, and I won’t forget it.
He is saying, as sub-text: “We, the government, will give you what you need. We just need to rein in those horrible people who are making their own money and keeping too much of it. Help us rob them, and then we will give you what we steal.”
Since I’ve gone this far, let me take one more step. I’m not rich from the sale of my products. I’m not even close to being rich. But I would gladly be very rich if I could sell enough of those products, and I would not feel a shred of guilt if that happened.
Okay? Have I made myself clear? If I could make a billion dollars selling my products, which products I believe to be of the highest quality, I would gladly take the billion dollars. And I would say I EARNED THEM.
Does that sound like a sin to you? Have we reached the point where THE EXCHANGE OF MONEY FOR FAIR VALUE, FOR GOOD VALUE, FOR EXCELLENT VALUE is no longer acceptable? Have we reached that stage in our moral decline?
Yes, I use the word MORAL. Because that’s what we’re talking about. The parade of fake presidents we have seen in this country are IMMORAL. They steal. They take what is not theirs to take. They spin lies and fantasies about altruism and humanity and “we are all in this together” to promote their evil designs of theft.
But you see, it all comes down to the individual human being. We tend to forget that. And when we forget it, we lose track of what this country is supposed to be all about: the so-called public sector exists to enable the individual. For God’s sakes, do we really now believe it’s the other way around? Have we sunk that far? Are we that stupid?
I am one of those people Obama talked about in his speech in Roanoke—a day I say should live in infamy forever. (And in case you don’t know anything about my work, I am no supporter of Mitt Romney.)
I’m one of those people who invest their own sweat, energy, emotion, intellect, creative power, and commitment to inventing an enterprise I can be proud of, come hell or high water. I do it every day. I write articles by the ton. I cover stories people in the mainstream won’t cover. I expose crimes. I expose what goes on behind the scenes of these crimes. I present a philosophy of the free individual and I present the vision of what the free individual can really do and accomplish. That’s my self-chosen work and my job and, yes, my business. MY BUSINESS.
I’m proud of every penny I earn. I don’t automatically owe those pennies to some cause a president promotes through his lying teeth. I don’t bow to the altar of the public sector. I never will.
Is this getting through to you? Does what I’m writing here sound like the expression of an extinct species? I’ll tell you a secret. Are you ready? I believe there are millions of people like me. They invented and they run their own businesses. They offer a service and a product and they are proud to offer them. They make as much money as they can by those sales. They aren’t gouging customers, and they certainly aren’t stealing from them, as the government does.
They know what it’s like to get up in the morning and re-create their enterprises and make them work every day. They know how much energy it takes. They know it isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but they value the FREEDOM it brings. They know how it feels to follow their own desires. These people are real. They exist.
THEY OWN THEIR BUSINESSES. THEY OWN THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY.
They experience frustrating days when their business isn’t going well. On those days, they feel trapped in the very universe they created. They wonder how it might be to give up and go to work for someone else. They even wonder how it might be to get a desk job in government and feel the protection of government. But they don’t give in.
They’re too damn stubborn to give in. They show up every day and they do what they can to push their enterprise forward.
And these are the people about whom Obama says: “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Sure, Mr. President. We weren’t there at all. We’re fictions. We don’t exist. Other people are always standing in for us. It’s not our sweat, it’s not our power, it’s not our imagination, it’s not our vision, it’s not our commitment that invented and sustained our businesses. It’s all done by remote control from Washington. I’m glad you finally clarified this mystery for us. You’re a genius.
A few moments later in his Roanoke speech, Obama tried to qualify his disastrous words a bit, as if he was throwing a dog a bone. He praised entrepreneurial “initiative.” Thanks, Barack, but we don’t need that. We don’t need it. And we don’t need those delusional followers of yours who want to slam every person who owns his own business.
And make sure you understand this. Just because some businessmen are corrupt, we don’t accept the repulsive slimy equation that tries, by extension, to make all independent businesspeople corrupt. That’s an argument that’s nothing but propaganda in the phony class war you’re promoting.
We see what you’re doing. Okay? We’re not falling for the stage magic. You’re doing everything you can to erase the idea of the FREE INDIVIDUAL. We’ve seen your game.
You’re trying to eradicate the entire reason this Republic was created in the first place. It was created, despite the corrupt intentions of aristocrats of that time, FOR THE INDIVIDUAL. Somehow, the words of the Constitution were written on paper and somehow they were signed, and they were ratified. You want to talk about magic? THAT was magic. It was a miracle. But it happened. And it wasn’t perfect. We all understand that. We’re not idiots.
You’re trying to erase the whole concept of the FREE AND POWERFUL INDIVIDUAL—when in fact it was the centerpiece of the Constitution. These are the words that have endured. Slavery didn’t endure. Tom Paine wanted slavery outlawed from the beginning, but his colleagues had no stomach for that battle. There were other sins of omission and commission involved in the Constitution.
But the words that limited the power of the central government and elevated the free individual survived.
I am one of those individuals and I feel no shred of shame. Why the hell should I? I am proud of it. I LIVE on that basis of freedom every day, and I know there are many other Americans who do, too. I’ll never meet them, but I salute them.
It’s time we stopped screwing around here. It’s time we defined the terms of this war we’re in. It has everything to do with the government trying to impose a completely different set of values on us. The government wants to make THE GROUP the primary unit of existence in this country. Get it? Everything must be about THE GROUP. THE COLLECTIVE. THE HIVE.
It’s a clever and appealing way to destroy the country. But we don’t want to destroy the country and what it means. We’re crazy enough to believe that, however many crimes the government has committed, at home and abroad, and however many crimes its corporate partners have committed, under the cover of lies, there is still something alive here on this soil. Alive and good. And it all starts with THE INDIVIDUAL.
How dare you try to demean and finagle and lie and pervert that, Mr. President. How dare you stand up on a platform and tell us we weren’t there, we had nothing to do with taking our destiny in our own hands. How dare you claim somebody else did it for us. How dare you lie.
It would be easy to say you lied because you simply never had experience launching your own business enterprise and you don’t know what it really means. You don’t know what the sweat means and the struggle means and the vision means and the power to keep doing it every day means, and you don’t know what the satisfaction of making money means and victory means. It would be easy to say that and it would be true. All too true.
But that’s not what is at the bottom of this campaign of yours. You do have some idea about what a FREE INDIVIDUAL is. You do. And you don’t like it. You just don’t like it. You want a world of Central Planning. That’s where you’re heading. You feel a welter of emotions, all negative, when you contemplate that glorious fact: THE FREE INDIVIDUAL. You’re against it.
And you and I both know that if you’re against that, it’s obvious what you’re for. It’s no secret, is it, Mr. President?
I am one of those people you were talking about in Roanoke. I’m one of those people who “didn’t do it,” who wasn’t there. Well, I’m here. I was never anywhere else. I built the substance of my own vision. It’s a lot of things, but one of them is a business. It’s mine. I own it and I stand on it.
I hope and believe there are a lot of other people out there who share my stand and who will speak up about it in their own terms.
We’re not gone. We’re not erased. We feel pride in our businesses, big and small. We should. WE BUILT THEM.
We are FREE INDIVIDUALS, and we never stop.
No matter what you say, what you do, what people like you do, Mr. Obama, freedom never dies. The individual remains.
Money is not inherently evil. Profit is not inherently evil.
What is evil is trying to melt the individual into the collective. That has always been evil. If you want to forward that goal, that is your business.
It’s not mine.
It may seem outlandish to say this, but it is my absolute bottom line: Each truly free individual is more powerful than all the force of collectivism taken together, and some day, in some way, there will transpire on this continent a vindication of that, and we will fully see, for the first time, by contrast, what foul, despicable, and slimy crimes the leaders of collectivism have committed, to keep their monstrous control intact.
That’s my bet, and I have shoved in all my chips on it every day for the last thirty years.
I am one of the people you were talking about in Roanoke, Mr. President.
I caught the drift of your message. I caught the stench and the decay. I know the agenda. People like me have been fighting against it all our lives. We’ve heard that tune played a thousand different ways—you must surrender and give in to The Group. We’ve logged a lot of time rejecting that message. We’re veterans in this war.
I’m one of the people you were talking about in Roanoke, Mr. President. I’m talking back. I’m talking to you and your allies.
Since the early days of ancient Egypt and India, and earlier still, the high priests have tried to sell your message. They were the original masters of collectivism and the phony “we’re all in this together.” You’re just the latest in a long line of suits that are blowing the same PR. You’re nothing new.
The pyramids and temples you want us to build “all together” are a bit more subtle, but they amount to the same kind of slavery. You want us to be joyful in sacrifice to your version of “the greater good.”
I know how evil that plan is.
I was one of the people you were talking about in Roanoke. I got the message.
You tried to defame the very essence of what free individuals are and do. The thing is, you can’t defame it. That essence is forever. You would never understand it. You missed that boat. You were schooled in a different world. What you speak about as your privation was really the absence of something called your own essence as an individual.
You chose, all the way along the line, to avoid your own essence. You had to live with that disastrous decision. And now you think you can outlaw the essence of freedom and power from every individual.
That’s the end-game.
You will lose.
I ought to know. I was one of the people you were talking about in Roanoke. I heard you. I saw through your front. I was not alone.
In the truest sense, you stand clueless in the Oval Office.
Our freedom will not vanish.
This is about so much more than you imagine.
What the free and powerful individual IS is something you have to LIVE AND CREATE, in order to understand.
You’re living on the spur line, Barack. And no matter how good things look to you now, your empire of dreams will eventually collapse in heap of garbage.
I know. Others know. We were the people you were talking about in Roanoke. We’re here.
We live lives you will never comprehend.
To us, you are just the latest con man working his pitch, mugging for the mob, shaking down the rubes, promising what you don’t have but are trying to steal. It’s a hell of business, pal.
We are the people you were talking about in Roanoke. Hello.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.