Former President Barack Hussein Obama used a recent speech in South Africa to criticize the wealthy and state unequivocally that those who have more money should share their earnings with the less fortunate. Ostensibly in Johannesburg to give the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Obama took plenty of time to chastise the un-poor.
He remarked: “We’re going to have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track. We’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an
entrepreneur at some level.” A universal income is only sustainable in the long-term if it’s relatively close to zero. If we review the workweek of the unemployed, we find that they don’t have one.
He said, “History shows that societies which tolerate vast differences in wealth feed resentments and reduce solidarity and actually grow more slowly. And when economic power is concentrated in the hands of the few, history also shows that political power is sure to follow and that dynamic eats away at democracy.” Yes. Witness the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, etc. The twelve people at the top of a Marxist-style command-economy may be rich and live in large homes and have a dacha somewhere, but everyone else stands in a long line hoping to trade a loved-one’s virtue for a bag of potatoes and a pack of toilet paper.
Incredibly, the former community organizer referred to “my staff,” and boasted that “Right now, I’m actually surprised by how much money I got.” He shouldn’t be, since he made nearly $25 million between 2005 and 2016, and now makes big money by giving speeches like this one.
The formerly Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers lamented the appearance of “a politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment,” that he said is now “on the move.” Republican politicians and members of President Trump’s administration are certainly fearful. Of their—and their families—health and safety. Progressive thugs are chasing them out of stores and restaurants, yelling obscenities at them in the public square, and even threatening their children.
Barry went on to glut-shame those of means, saying: “There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.” The large crowd of useful idiots applauded heartily. This boggles the mind. No one has taken more trips to nicer places than the Obamas the past couple of years. And the Obamas live in an $8.1 million, eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bath mansion in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world. Couldn’t he spare a bedroom and a couple of bathrooms? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. (If you are a young person reading this, look it up. Okay, Google it).
Leftists traffic in hypocrisy. It’s always: “do as I say, not as I do.” That, to me, is utterly repulsive, whether as a philosophy, an expectation, or a mantra.
It’s like Michael Moore saying, “There’s only so much food you can eat. There’s only so big a portion you can swallow. There’s only so many treats you can have. At some point, put down the cheesecake. I mean, it’s enough!”
Yes, it is.