The Charlotte Observer is reporting that none other than Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Academic, Obama crony, and United States Senate candidate is under serious consideration to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
If this rumor pans out, Republicans must pinch themselves to wonder if there are dreaming their good fortune. Warren is a poster child for Obama-era excess.
Much has been made about her claims, thoroughly refuted, of Native American ancestry. But that is typical liberal biography padding compared for the fact that Warren is the author of the “You didn’t build that” gaffe that is still bedeviling Obama’s chances for re-election.
Hot Air reported last September how Warren pontificated about how business owners are dependent on government for roads and schools and such and therefore need to cough up as much taxes as required. There is no such thing, she suggested, as individual achievement. Obama took up that theme more recently and it has cost him ever since.
Warren is attempting to unseat Scott Brown, the moderate Republican who had the gall to win the United States Senate seat once occupied by the sainted Teddy Kennedy. This is an insult that Warren proposes to wipe out. But her collectivist tendencies, matched by the president’s, is making that more unlikely, even in the deep blue state of Massachusetts.
One of the great aspects of the American brand is the self-made man (or woman) who through virtue of hard work and intelligence makes a fortune. To be sure, such a person, if gracious, will thank the people who helped them along the way, but the individual achievement comes first. To say otherwise is to indulge in the sort of faculty lounge Marxism that Obama and Warren seem to be addicted to. It is something that is contrary to Americas’ sense of themselves and of their country. One takes up the collectivist theory of achievement as one’s peril in the United States.
From Eli Whitney to Thomas Edison to Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Anoushe Ansari, American history is replete with individual achievers. The Democrats would do well to celebrate them, not to put them down. They have enough trouble on their hands to actually insult an entire class of voters, the small businesspeople and entrepreneurs