Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings~wikipedia
Well, it must be because I was just so smart.
Progressives who would really like to see the successful beaten down as much as possible are trying to put Obama’s recent remarks about business owners into a “context” that frames him as something other than the Marxist that he is.
Problem is their contortions actually take Obama’s remarks out of context in desperate attempts to make him appear more business friendly.
Actions speak louder than words though, and all we need to do is check the number of regulations and pages of tax code that Obama has piled on during his first term – which will positively define him as anything but a friend to business.
Here are his remarks, with the context pretty clear. Share the wealth, my friend, share the wealth.
“We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make some more cuts in programs that don’t work, and make government work more efficiently…We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more …
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -look, 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 because 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.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for president – because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.”
Obama’s personality is such that he lives with a simmering contempt for anyone who has what he wants. He has to have the camera and the attention on him at all times.
So he brings in the pro basketball teams, to play with the stars, but then forces them to stop and watch (and cheer) him shooting baskets.
So he writes a “memoir” – make that two – to define his short and yet unaccomplished career before someone else put it into print. In his version, he can come out a semi-heroic, romanticized, winner.
So he has lots and lots of WH parties, and fundraisers, where he gets to be the top celebrity among a bunch of celebrities.
And, he accepts awards thinking – yes, this is pretty unusual, but being that I’m extraordinary, not so farfetched. In accepting all the accolades that have been bestowed upon our lame President, there was probably not one second when Obama thought to himself, “Well, this isn’t about me, this isn’t about my outstanding achievements to date, my hard work and sacrifice. I really owe this to so many others.”
If that were the case, when accepting the Nobel Prize he would have had to thank the Bush administration.
Update: Romney responds with a speech that is just about “pitch perfect”