The Context for “You Didn’t Build That”

In context.

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It is important for people to recognize that white people, despite how hard they’ve worked, despite how much they’ve sacrificed to achieve what they have achieved, despite feeling that they’ve made it all on their own with nobody ever handing them anything; have benefited from white privilege.  Answer:  *True   ~ Diversity Training Test Sample Question

Diversity training, replete with statements like the one above, is being taught to our children.

My son recently told me about a diversity training course required by the university he is attending. Since he is President of a student organization, and also has a summer job there, he had to sit through the mind numbing indoctrination session not just once, but twice. I give him props. I don’t know if I could make it through one of them without imploding.

The story he told was about a question he answered “wrong” on the Diversity training exit test given to measure how well he had accepted the progressive world view. It went something like this.

If you own a company and you are forced to layoff an employee for some reason or another, who would you choose? (A) an African-American man, newly hired, who has been with your company for a short time, or (B) a White man, who has been with your company for 20 years?

My son answered that it didn’t matter what the race of the man was, it mattered what his knowledge level was, and so he chose B. He got the answer wrong.

This is what I thought about when I heard Obama’s remarks about how successful people didn’t build their companies, how their success was the result of the work of other people.  It’s also the collectivist way of thinking, actually, so that Obama views the world in this way is not a surprise.   From Freedom Keys:

“COLLECTIVISM: Collectivism is defined as the theory and practice that makes some sort of group rather than the individual the fundamental unit of political, social, and economic concern. In theory, collectivists insist that the claims of groups, associations, or the state must normally supersede the claims of individuals.” — Stephen Grabill and Gregory M. A. Gronbacher

“collectivism … treats society as if it were a super-organism existing over and above its individual members, and which takes the collective in some form (e.g., tribe, race, or state) to be the primary unit of reality and standard of value.” — Prof. Fred D. Miller

“Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group — whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called ‘the common good’.” — Ayn Rand

“Collectivism is a form of anthropomorphism. It attempts to see a group of individuals as having a single identity similar to a person. … Collectivism demands that the group be more important than the individual. It requires the individual to sacrifice himself for the alleged good of the group.” — Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands

“Collectivism requires self-sacrifice, the subordination of one’s interests to those of others.” -- Ayn Rand

“G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), and Karl Marx (1818-83) … both viewed political phenomena as the inevitable result of historical processes, and regarded collectives as of greater reality and value than their individual members.” — Prof. Fred D. Miller

“collectivist ethical principle: man is not an end to himself, but is only a tool to serve the ends of others. Whether those ‘others’ are a dictator’s gang, the nation, society, the race, (the) god(s), the majority, the community, the tribe, etc., is irrelevant — the point is that man in principle must be sacrificed to others.” — Mark Da Cunha

“Collectivism is the political theory that states that the will of the people is omnipotent, an individual must obey; that society as a whole, not the individual, is the unit of moral value. … Collectivism is the application of the altruist ethics to politics.” — Dr. Andrew Bernstein

“The antipode of individualism is collectivism, which subordinates the individual to the group — be it the ‘community,’ the tribe, the race, the proletariat, etc. A person’s moral worth is judged by how much he sacrifices himself to the group. [Under collectivism] the more emergencies (and victims) the better, because they provide more opportunity for ‘virtue’.” — Glenn Woiceshyn

“Collectivism is the doctrine that the social collective — called society, the people, the state, etc. — has rights, needs, or moral authority above and apart from the individuals who comprise it. We hear this idea continually championed in such familiar platitudes as ‘the needs of the people take precedence over the rights of the individual,’ ‘production for people, not profits,’ and ‘the common good.’ …..Collectivism often sounds humane because it stresses the importance of human needs. In reality, it is little more than a rationalization for sacrificing you and me to the desires of others.” — Jarret B. Wollstein in The Causes of Aggression

“Don’t forget that pure democracy is a form of collectivism — it readily sacrifices individual rights to majority wishes. Since it involves no constitutional bill of rights, or at least, no working and effective one, the majority-of-the-moment can and does vote away the rights of the minority-of-the-moment, even of a single individual. This has been called ‘mob rule,’ the ‘tyranny of the majority’ and many other pejorative names. It is one of the greatest threats to liberty, the reason why America’s founding fathers wrote so much so disparagingly of pure democracy.” — Bert Rand

Obama now seems desperate to clarify the original remarks he made in Roanoke, which all of us have heard in their entirety, we’ve read the unedited transcripts, so we know what he said.  But regardless, he’s still spinning:

O says here that his point in the original “you didn’t build that” comments was that America needs to “stand behind” its small business owners. Is that right? Go re-read what he said in Roanoke. Sure sounded at the time like he was telling them that they owe us, not that we owe them.

I’m pretty positive that what we heard in Roanoke was the real Barack Obama, the one mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, the one raised by members of the Communist Party.  After all, train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it [Proverbs 22:6]

Food for thought, for the day.


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4 Comments on “The Context for “You Didn’t Build That””

  1. John Boddie Says:

    Sara – The comments that the President made in Roanoke about others (including the government) building the infrastructure that has supported individual business success are little more than an accurate description. It’s certainly true in my business. If it wasn’t for DARPA, I might not have the Internet. If the government didn’t maintain roads, how would UPS reach me? I didn’t build these things, and I know it.

    Even Mr. Romney acknowledges this obvious fact.

    That being said, the test that your son took is highly offensive to me. Who developed it? Who scores it? What University would be so boneheaded as to use this test? What does this test have to do with “diversity” – a term that focuses on putting people in little boxes when the idea of America is (or should be) to bring us all together.

    Your son had the right approach – there is no “one size fits all” answer when you have to choose who gets laid off. There is no formula. It’s a tough experience for everyone involved.

    Reply

    • Sara for America Says:

      I was shocked myself. I don’t know who wrote the test, and as far as scoring, it’s a casual thing, not formally turned over to anyone. If it surprises you that a school would force that kind of thinking on students, you wouldn’t believe the stuff I hear (I have two in college now). My son’s government teacher was from Europe she told the class (Honors) that she didn’t want to become a citizen because she hated America!!! And she was teaching Honors US Government??? True Story! Ha, then she asserted – in class – that my son was a member of the KKK because he said I started a tea party.

      The other students were so offended they filed complaints. Took a year, but she was finally let go.

      It’s craziness these days. As far as the test, I’ll try to find out more.

      Reply

  2. Coco Says:

    Your son, not letting race be a factor, chose to lay off a white man who had been with the company for 20 years? Surely you’ve made a typo.

    Reply

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