Friday, March 21, 2008

Obama Reaction: Typical

For a guy who borrowed the "Just Words" speech, Barak sure is choosing some ill-advised ones lately. It reminds me of Gary Hart's challenge to the media to follow him around just before they caught him having an affair. Obama put the emphasis on his words, now everyone of them is being hyperanalyzed. You asked for it.

In his now famous speech on race, he said some revealing things. Typical of the mass media, they missed what I thought were the most relevant parts. The thing that stood out to me was when he talked about a 9 year old girl who ate mustard and relish sandwiches for a year, pretending she really enjoyed them because her mom was sick and she knew she didn't have much money. He used this as an example of "social injustice". This is a typical flaw in liberal thinking: equating personal hardship with social injustice. I ate many a mustard and margarine sandwich when I was a kid. My family was always broke, but that's not why I ate them. I liked them. There are probably billions of people in the world who would love to have a daily ration of a mustard and relish sandwich, but I digress.

Not having everything you want, everything you need, everything you think you deserve, everything your local politician thinks you ought to have is not social injustice, it's life. The young girl in the story should be lauded for her empathy for her mom and her awareness of their financial situation. She took action to help alleviate some of the stress. That's a good thing. It's not tragic, it's refreshing. Overcoming adversity builds and demonstrates character. Eliminating adversity is not the government's job. They would do well to focus on simply not contributing to it.

Injustice is when someone does you wrong. If the girl's mom had been taxed into poverty, that would be social injustice. Experiencing financial hardship due to medical expenses is just unfortunate. Suggesting that those who don't have what they'd like to have is injustice is a typical political ploy to stir up anger and resentment that can then be focussed on your agenda.

Don't fall for it.

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