If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be 'cause I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (July 13, 2012)
Make no mistake, these are the words of egalitarianism and collectivism. This is the siren song of the socialist. It appeals to those who have less, and pits them against those who have more. Obama denigrates intelligence and hard work while flattering his audience as being smart and hard-working. He could have said, "Vote for me and you'll all be wealthy." There is no substance here, only envy.
His thesis is that, because we share common assets such as roads, it follows that everything belongs to everyone. Your driving on a road implies that the collective owns a piece of you. This is the end of private property, for there is no limit to what the collective can claim. Obama indicates no limit.
To those who have studied Obama's past, his words above are not surprising. His studies, compatriots, and politics are entirely socialist. His vision for America is to dismantle private enterprise and divide the spoils amongst his co-conspirators.
Today, the socialist agenda goes under the guise of helping the poor with food, housing, and health care. But tomorrow, it collapses into totalitarianism. The only ones who will receive food and health care will be those favored by the government. Realize that ObamaCare has its rationing panel already in place, ready to decide who is worthy of receiving treatment.
Can a Catholic vote for Obama in good conscience? I do not see how. Obama has set up a new killing field with his health care act. It will disenfranchise doctors who refuse to bow to government guidelines for treatment. It will bleed off money that would have been used for innovation. Treatments will not advance, and there will be fewer doctors. Rationing will be the only solution, as we see in Great Britain and Canada. Our government will begin signing the death warrants for those unworthy of saving.
Catholics must understand that free enterprise is not only good, but it is they only way to produce enough surplus to care for those in need. Redistribution of wealth has been condemned by several popes, not only because it violates the right to private ownership of property, but because it is an alien concept to Christian society. It provides perverse incentives, first by penalizing those who innovate and work hard, and second, by giving others something for nothing. Hard work is both the penalty for Original Sin, and a virtuous means of overcoming laziness and envy.
It is a sickening thought to pull the lever for Romney, but it is the only option. This is not an argument of the "lesser of two evils," but a means of preventing a categorically greater evil, i.e., ObamaCare's euthanasia, and the collapse of society into deadly despotism.