- - Tuesday, July 24, 2012


President Obama is presiding over a new civil war. This war pits rich against poor, taxpayers versus tax-takers and unions against the private sector. Voters across this country who get checks from the government will vote for Mr. Obama to keep the checks coming, regardless of race. They want to be taken care of by government, from cradle to grave.

So this civil war is not about race, it’s about economic class, ambition, drive and work ethic.

I have contended in thousands of media interviews from the first days of his presidency that Mr. Obama is a radical, with a deep-seated hatred of business owners, a desire to demonize us and destroy America’s faith in capitalism, and a plan to bring down the system by overwhelming our economy with debt and crisis — just as we all learned and discussed at Columbia University in our college days.

I was Mr. Obama’s college classmate.

I experienced the views of my fellow Columbia radicals back in 1979-83. Virtually everyone I knew at Columbia called himself a Marxist or socialist. My classmates openly embraced the idea of “bringing down the system,” meaning capitalism. They openly hated the wealthy (even though most of them came from wealthy families). They openly hated President Reagan and often called him “the devil.” They cheered and actually gave a standing ovation when they heard he’d been shot in an assassination attempt. This is where Mr. Obama comes from. This is why after hearing of his background at Columbia and as a “community activist,” I predicted America had a socialist in the White House.

It’s no longer a theory. Mr. Obama has come out of the closet in the past few days. His latest comments prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he despises and resents Americans who own businesses and have succeeded in a capitalist system. He is trying to foment the kind of class warfare that could rip this nation apart. His goals are crystal clear: Demonize business owners, redistribute income, cripple or destroy capitalism, and bring down the system.

Mr. Obama actually said words that made me sick to my stomach and brought tears to my eyes. They are words so vile they are an affront to every American business owner and a reminder of his deep-seated hatred and resentment toward business owners. Mr. Obama said that business owners owe their success to government. He actually said that if you’ve built a business, you don’t get the credit. It’s government who has been by your side. You need to give government the credit.

Mr. Obama says government helped me every step of the way as a businessman. Really? With that kind of thinking, the only remaining question is whether he actually believes the absurd propaganda he spews.

Mr. Obama is right about one thing: Government is always by our side. Unfortunately, it ruins almost everything it touches.

Here’s a synopsis of what government has done for me.

It has stolen the hard-earned money that I could have used to expand my business, start new ones or invest in stocks and real estate. Instead, my money went to government in the form of taxes, fees, licenses and workers’ compensation. Don’t forget the rules, regulations and mandates that made it difficult or nearly impossible to start a business in the first place. The accountant and tax-lawyer bills could have been put to use creating jobs.

Internal Revenue Service audits stole valuable dollars and hours that I can never get back. Every one of them ended up with me not owing a dime, but the damage was already done to an innocent man. My public company spent millions on complying with ridiculous bureaucratic boondoggles like Sarbanes-Oxley, thereby wasting dollars that could have instead created jobs and value for my investors.

Then there were the bills passed by government that literally wiped out multiple businesses that I owned, multiple times.

Mr. Obama has a point. Government is always by my side — stealing my money, robbing me blind, redistributing what I earned into the hands of people not willing to work as hard or as smart as I am, distracting me with thousands of pages of regulations, limiting my options, wiping out jobs and destroying shareholder value.

Government isn’t there helping me while I work 16-hour days, weekends, early mornings, late nights, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Government isn’t there when I make important decisions that affect the future of my business. Government isn’t there when I risk my hard-earned money and lose everything. Government isn’t there when I make pitches to potential clients that determine whether my business grows, stagnates or fails. Government isn’t there when I start each week at zero, as all entrepreneurs do every week. Government isn’t there, thank goodness, when I raise my family — though it tries to be.

The truth is, my success is a result of the fact that government isn’t there. If I ran my business, family or life like government, I’d be broke, insolvent, divorced, lonely or dead. Thank goodness I rely on my own brainpower, work ethic, tenacity, initiative and courage when I risk my own money. Thank goodness I rely on “if it is to be, it’s up to me.”

No, Mr. Obama, you’ve failed. I don’t accept your propaganda. I know government has never helped me. I know government has never saved me. I know government has only gotten in my way. I know I am better off with less government. So does virtually every businessman in America. We’ve seen it and experienced it.

What’s your reply, Mr. Obama? Will you say, “Are you going to believe me, or your own eyes?” Government isn’t a savior or saint. Government resembles the Mafia. It is like organized crime with the weight of the law behind it. Under Mr. Obama, it is hell-bent on turning public sentiment against all of us who own businesses, destroying America’s belief in capitalism, and redistributing our incomes until our businesses are crippled or closed. Then government will be our only place to turn.

Let’s avoid class warfare and a divided nation. Let’s pull back from the brink of a civil war. For the good of America and our children, let’s outsource Mr. Obama. If we are to save this economy, capitalism, our jobs and this country, Mr. Obama must go.

Wayne Allyn Root, former Libertarian vice-presidential nominee, is author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution With God, Guns, Gold, Gambling & Tax Cuts” (Wiley, 2009). He writes at RootForAmerica.com.

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