***UPDATED: Mark Levin’s analysis added below***
I pulled this clip earlier today just because Obama’s talking about his ‘bargain’ again, explaining what it means. Here’s the short clip:
Four years ago we came together as Democrats but also independents and some Republicans to restore the basic bargain that built the greatest middle class and the most prosperous country the world has ever known. And it’s a bargain that I’ve lived in my life and so many of you have experienced.
It’s the basic idea that says:
- Here in this country, if you work hard, that work should be rewarded.
- If you act responsibly you should be able to get ahead.
- It’s a deal that says if we put in enough effort we should be able to find a job that pays the bills.
- We should be able to afford a home that we call our own.
- We should have health care that we can count on if we get sick.
I’d love to sit down with someone listening to this, even cheering for this, and ask them what they think it means. Because when you begin to think about what he’s saying, it really doesn’t make a lot of sense as it stands alone.
For example, when he says that “if you work hard that work should be rewarded”, what defines hard work and who rewards it? The government? I think there are a lot of people who work hard and fail in this country. Some fail over and over before they succeed and still some never find the success they are looking for. But this gibberish is so vague and generic it’s undefinable. Yet everyone cheers and claps.
And the same with the rest of it. What does it mean to act responsibly or get ahead because of it? Why should any of this be guaranteed just because we put in “enough effort” and what does that even mean? What constitutes “enough effort”?
But hey let’s clap and cheer because it sounds vague enough to relate to some American idea that sounds like freedom. Ugh.
Mark Levin is talking about this clip right now and I’ll post his analysis shortly.
UPDATE: This is great. Levin ties it all together and then explains why Obama’s speaking in gibberish: