HENRY JOHNSON, Kennewick
I recently received a call from an old and dear friend, a wise and accomplished widow in her 90s who shared that she was troubled and profoundly offended by a speech from President Obama. His insulting lecture featured the now infamous remark, "You didn't build that."
Naturally, Obama's surrogates attempted to walk back that shameful statement, mumbling about context and intent. Perhaps he intended no slight. After, all he can't afford to alienate many more voters. But that day, intentional or not, Obama's words betrayed his Marxist soul.
Of course, he was not speaking to America's achievers, who had largely tuned him out long ago. The audience was nanny-government partisans who manifestly have built nothing on their own, unless you count a foundation of dependency, a framework of discontent and walls of class envy.
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To my friend; be reassured in knowing that you and your beloved husband -- along with four little kids -- did come here in your early life, bringing little but your faith, skill and determination. With arduous toil, perseverance and resourcefulness, you did establish prosperous enterprises and built a sterling reputation and a family legacy of generosity. Yes, without question, you did build it!