The problem is weâ€™re not electing a symbol, a logo, a two-dimensional image. Long before he emerged on the national stage as Barack the Hope-Giver and Bringer of Change, there was a three-dimensional Barack Obama, a real man who lives in the real world. And thatâ€™s where the problem lies.
The Senator and his doting Obots in the media have gone to great lengths to obscure what Barack Obama does when heâ€™s not being a symbol: his voting record, his friends, his patrons, his life outside the soft-focus memoirs is deemed non-relevant to the general hopey-changey vibe. But occasionally we get a glimpse. The offhand aside to Joe the Plumber about â€œspreading the wealth aroundâ€ was revealing because it suggests a crude redistributive view of â€œsocial justice.â€ Yet the nimble Hope-a-Dope sidestepper brushed it aside, telling a crowd in Raleigh that next John McCain will be â€œaccusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten.â€
But that too is revealing. As John Hood pointed out at National Review, communism is not â€œsharing.â€ In a free society, the citizen chooses whether to share his Lego, trade it for some Thomas the Tank Engine train tracks, or keep it to himself. From that freedom of action grow mighty Playmobile cities. Communism is compulsion. Itâ€™s the government confiscating your Elmo to â€œshareâ€ it with someone of its choice. Joe the Plumber is free to spread his own wealth around â€” hiring employees, buying supplies from local businesses, enjoying surfâ€™nâ€™turf night at his favorite eatery. But, in Obamaâ€™s world view, thatâ€™s not good enough: the state is the best judge of how to spread Joe the Plumberâ€™s wealth around.
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This is Barack Obama’s “social justice,” this is his socialism: Confiscatory taxes that take money from those who earned and give to those who did not. Might as well pay people for their votes.
But then, there’s already some of that going on, too. It’s the Democrat Party way.
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