Revealing the Heart

He keeps revealing his true self in blatant ways. It’s almost as if he can’t help himself. The real heart of a man cannot be hidden; what’s on the inside will have to show up on the outside no matter how one may try to hide it. To what am I referring? President Obama’s comment in a teleprompter-less speech the other day to a campaign crowd. I’m sure most of you know which comment I mean—the one that demeaned individual effort and entrepreneurship—the one where he said “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

His supporters will cry that the line was taken out of context. I’ve read the context. While it’s certainly true that no one gets where he’s going alone, that there are others who come alongside to help anyone who has a dream and who works hard, the statement still stands on its demerits. And there is a greater context his followers ignore: his lifelong enmity toward the private sector and his overweening confidence in the power of government to be the source of all prosperity.

I believe government does have a role to play in our successes, but not in the way the president does. Government should set up a market-friendly atmosphere, one that rewards innovation and doesn’t stifle initiative, one that gets out of the way by lowering taxes and easing burdensome regulations. If government does that, it is a great help to entrepreneurs. If it does the opposite, it kills business.

This administration is the most business-hostile administration in the nation’s history, except of course for its devotion to crony capitalism—General Electric, Solyndra, and numerous other “green” companies that have gone bankrupt after receiving taxpayer dollars. The list of failures gets longer with each passing month. This is hardly a showcase for the Obama vision of omnicompetent government:

It boggles the mind how this man can stand before any audience without shame and continue to plug his failed philosophy and policies. But shame has become an old-fashioned concept. Hubris is the new order.

The only thing more mind-boggling than Obama’s hubris is that he could possibly win reelection. If that happens, the American voter has sealed the fate of this country. Every four years some will always say that that particular election is the most significant in our lifetime. This year far more people are saying it—for good reason. It is the most consequential of our lifetime; it will either point us back to solid principles based on Biblical truths or lead us into a darkness from which we may never extricate ourselves. This may sound like hyperbole to some, but I believe it with all my heart.