Well, you can go to the link above and read his words. Taken fully in context, it's a lot worse than he imagined. Not only did he say it, but I believe he meant it. Words mean something, as he so plainly reminded us when he was campaigning in Wisconsin in 2008. "The American People need to trust that we're saying what we mean, and that we're meaning what we say." Well, we do, Mr. President. We believe that you say what you mean and that you mean what you say. Just so we can all be clear, here's some of the rest of that speech in Roanoke.
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. (Applause.)And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what he said. The context is even worse than the snipped quote because he reveals himself to us. He believes that government is the end-all and the do-all for America. The revealing bit is when he talks about firemen. "Imagine if everyone had their own fire service." Well, many of us do. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, 71% of all firefighters in the United States are volunteer. Men and women who volunteer time in the community to make sure that we're safe from fire and have a first-responder capability.
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.
The President doesn't understand the United States. That's what he told us in his speech. He believes in big government, taxation, and dependency. I don't believe in any of that. Now, the President is upset because we're taking him at his word. Too bad, Mr. President, in my America, we take men at their words. We prefer that they say what they mean. If you disagree, maybe it's time you retired.