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GOP's On-Target Convention Theme: "We Built This City"
IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2012

Posted on 08/22/2012 6:32:51 AM PDT by raptor22

Ideology: The battle is on between entrepreneurship and crony socialism, between candidates who believe innovative risk-takers create jobs and an administration that believes all blessings flow from the government.

By President Obama's logic, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps didn't really win all those medals on his record-setting run. The credit should go to those who built the pools he trained in and filled them with water.

Building on the reaction to President Obama's disparagement of entrepreneurs and businessmen large and small, the GOP at next week's Republican National Convention will dedicate Tuesday night to the theme of "We Built This!"

Speakers will include Sher Valenzeula, a Latina candidate for lieutenant governor in Delaware. Her campaign website notes she and her husband started an upholstery business that makes padding for baseball umpires and military vests.

"Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive," the president famously has said of business owners. "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

According to Obama, those of you who thought that those bridges and roads were built with the tax dollars paid by businesses and the people they employ were sadly mistaken. The GOP hopes to capitalize on the justified anger of those who made personal sacrifices and put long hours into building their businesses.

This disdain for the individual and the American system of free enterprise designed to let everyone reach the limits of his or her talents and ambitions should be the overarching theme of the 2012 presidential campaign.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: business; entrepreneurs; ibd; smallbusiness

1 posted on 08/22/2012 6:33:07 AM PDT by raptor22
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To: raptor22

It’s looking like a hurricane may roll over Tampa next week.


2 posted on 08/22/2012 6:38:17 AM PDT by Lucas McCain ("The day may come when the courage of men will fail, but not this day.")
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To: Lucas McCain

At LEAST one!!


3 posted on 08/22/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: raptor22

Hopefully they got permission from Grace Slick to play “We Built This City”, or there will be lawsuits flying and denunciations in the MSM.


4 posted on 08/22/2012 6:59:12 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

War on entrepreneuers ping


5 posted on 08/22/2012 7:04:37 AM PDT by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: Old Sarge
Not so sure Grace Slick had anything to do with it. I think that was in 85 or 86 when it was just "Starship".

Even if they have permission from who-ever, I'm sure there'll be a few band members who still bitch and moan about it.

6 posted on 08/22/2012 7:07:38 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Old Sarge

I think maybe it’s best that this song is never played again.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 7:08:56 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik

No kidding...its considered the worst song of the eighties!

Keep the theme ditch the song.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 7:17:39 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: MNlurker
...its considered the worst song of the eighties!

Wow! High praise indeed, considering the garbage that passed for music in the '80's.

Flame away, pups! Sixties rule!

9 posted on 08/22/2012 7:28:16 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: raptor22

Obama will disagree. He would say that you did not build it.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 7:32:46 AM PDT by moviefan8
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To: raptor22
The theme should be Paul Ryan's I drive a truck and I worked at McDonalds.

The GOP does not have to work to get small business voters, any small business that is still in business understands they most likely will not survive four more years of Barry.

If that elitist snob Romney and his elitist brain trust want to win, then they need working class blue collar workers who have either lost their job or are in danger of losing their job and who voted for Barry in swing states.

The fact is both elitist conventions will offer little substance for that set of swing voters. Celebrating entrepreneurship may be an important to the Republican base just as celebrating cultural diversity is important to the Democrat elite base but middle class jobs, jobs, jobs is most likely on the minds of swing voters in battleground states. Barry and his crowd as well as Mittens and his crowd are in their hearts Ivy League elitists snobs incapable of connecting with that endangered species middle class working America.

That Hollywood movie star named Ronald Reagan was no elitist snob as was educated in a small college in the heartland of America and he embraced entrepreneurship as much as anyone but he could connect with the working man. Barry and Mittens cannot connect with the working middle class because they are too busy pandering to those who funded their billion dollar campaign chests with monies made possible by all the Gubmint bailouts and stimulus programs and giving condescending lectures.

11 posted on 08/22/2012 7:33:25 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: raptor22

Lacking any real vision of his own, I’m not surprised that the main theme would revolve around Barack Obama at the big Romney propaganda show about nothing.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 7:34:36 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: raptor22

If they tweaked the lyrics a bit, this would be perfect. And have him open the whole show as a surprise guest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHDA5nHlDrQ


13 posted on 08/22/2012 7:36:32 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: raptor22

I trust their lawyers have talked to Jefferson Starship and Bernie Taupin regarding fair use etc.


14 posted on 08/22/2012 7:43:34 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

And “yes” regarding some posts above, it is a crappy song.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 7:46:18 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

I saw some show where it was voted the “Worst Song Ever”, can’t say I disagree.

I mean they went from “White Rabbit” to that?!?!?!


16 posted on 08/22/2012 7:47:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MNlurker

I know a lot of people really hate that song; I actually like it, although it did get way overplayed. Too bad the GOP can’t find a use for “White Rabbit,” which, although a better song, is much better suited to the democrats.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 7:50:45 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: raptor22

This idea of presenting a positive alternative is all well and good but someone in the GOP should also be scaring the bejebbers out of the American people about what’s going to happen to us unless we make a hard U-turn and fast.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 8:50:13 AM PDT by DManA
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To: raptor22
If Republicans choose to do so, this Convention provides an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity "teaching moment" on America's founding principle of Creator-endowed individual liberty and the explosive and revolutionary freedom, opportunity and prosperity which resulted from that idea:

With reference to Obama's "you didn't build that" comments, for instance, every American citizen needs to know that it was not government planning, government interference, government regulation, or government "wisdom" which created "the Miracle of America."

Free individuals, acknowledging Divine Providence, pursuing their own interests, under what Madison called the influence of a "benign" government, created that outcome.

The Miracle of America

from

axes and hoes to high technology;

log cabins to air-conditioned condos;

horsedrawn wagons to autos, planes, and rockets;

scarcity to abundance; &

from tyrannical government rule  to individual liberty

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?

Most of our history books don’t tell us that, in the beginning, the pilgrims established a communal economic system.  Each was to produce according to his ability and contribute his production to a common storehouse from which each was to draw according to his need.

   The assurance that they would be fed from the common store, regardless of their contribution to it, had a peculiarly disabling effect on the colonists.  Taking property away from some and giving it to others bred discontent and retarded employment.  Human nature was the same then as now, and before long, there were more consumers than there were producers, and the pilgrims were near starvation.  Governor Bradford, his advisors, and the colonists agreed that in order to increase their crops, each family would be allowed to do as it pleased with whatever it produced.  In other words, a free market system was established.  In Governor Bradford’s own words:

                “This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corne was planted than other waise would have bene by any means ye Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente.  The women now wente willingly into ye field, and tooke their little-ons with them to set corne, which before would aledg weaknes, and inabilitie; whom to have compelled would have bene though great tiranie and oppression. . . . By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed. . . . and some of ye abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any generall wante or famine hath not been amongst them since this day . . . .” (Wm. Bradford, “Of Plimoth Plantation,” original manuscript, Wright & Potter, Boston, 1901)

  

   Those who, today, favor central government planning, common ownership and redistribution of the earnings of others are advocating a system that Americans tried and rejected over 350 years ago.  Their wisdom gave birth to the great American miracle!

  

Are we as wise today?

 

You Can Do Something About This: Make Your Voice Heard

(The Above Was A 1980's Free Enterprise Message Published by Stedman Corporation. For more information on America's Founding Principles, see "Our Ageless Constitution," here.

19 posted on 08/22/2012 9:14:29 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: EternalVigilance
The EV campaign song?

Party of One - Meatloaf

20 posted on 08/22/2012 9:27:15 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man
If that were true, I would rather stand alone than to give up every important principle to support the most liberal governor in the history of the republic, as you are doing.

"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

-- Winston Churchill


21 posted on 08/22/2012 9:42:49 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: raptor22

THEY BUILT THIS CITY ON ROCK AND ROLL!!1!

*ducks and covers*


22 posted on 08/22/2012 9:49:23 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: MNlurker

Yeah. Knee deep in the hoopla....


23 posted on 08/22/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Old Sarge

If they play that song, regardless of permission, then they are STUPID!

It’s, by far, the WORST SONG WRITTEN IN ROCK!


24 posted on 08/22/2012 11:32:39 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

Republicans OCCUPY Tampa!


25 posted on 08/22/2012 11:41:40 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile never dies.'')
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To: raptor22

I think they should ditch that song and come up with one that is more in keeping with the gop e philosophy. Some alternatives:

“Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
“Macho Man” by the Village People
“I touch myself” by the divinyls


26 posted on 08/22/2012 6:45:57 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WILLARD 2012 - It's not just a campaign, it's a conservative suicide pact!)
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To: dfwgator; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; ...
I saw some show where it was voted the “Worst Song Ever”, can’t say I disagree. I mean they went from “White Rabbit” to that?!?!?!

That's because the two best known Jefferson Airplane songs (White Rabbit, and Somebody To Love) are covers of songs by The Great Society (the band Grace Slick was in with Darby Slick).

27 posted on 08/22/2012 9:16:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Didn’t everybody learn to play “Somebody to Love”?

Who the heck are learned to play “We Built This City”?


28 posted on 08/22/2012 9:20:48 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FrdmLvr

Rush’s “Working Man” work be great, but the message may be lost on many.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 9:26:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Plus they’re canucks. But I do like Rush. They’re Objectivists.


30 posted on 08/23/2012 5:04:04 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: raptor22

A little ironic in that the convention is being held in a building that was mostly built through public financing.


31 posted on 08/23/2012 6:17:49 AM PDT by robrose68 (undecided)
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To: dfwgator
The band slid a long way down the talent hole from their Jefferson Airplane days. I wouldn't mind hearing "Somebody to Love" at the convention, but only if they use the Jim Carrey version from The Cable Guy.
32 posted on 08/23/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: dfwgator

I’m guessing “Yank Me, Crank Me” by Ted Nugent isn’t a possibility. :-)


33 posted on 08/23/2012 7:18:52 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: VanDeKoik
I think maybe it’s best that this song is never played again.

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It's nauseatingly bad.

34 posted on 08/23/2012 7:52:49 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I put it in the same league as “Having My Baby” by Paul Anka.


35 posted on 08/24/2012 7:24:26 AM PDT by SupplySider
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