The incomparable Thomas Friedman once stated: “The first rule of holes is when you’re in one, stop digging. When you’re in three, bring a lot of shovels.” Philosophers have spent the years since poring over this mysterious rule. Is it a lost Proverb? Does it have Trinitarian implications? And what is Tom Friedman’s stance on pot legalization?
When Obama’s “you didn’t build that” rant put on full display his disdain for private enterprise and self-reliance, he answered one aspect of the mystery: how one man can be in three holes at once. His “shovel-ready” minions in the media, who share his un-American, humanities professor worldview, took Friedman’s advice and grabbed a bunch of them.
Here are the three holes Obama now finds himself in:
Hole #1: Government as the center-of-society
Mitt Romney’s “government-centered society” critique struck a chord with many, and Obama’s band finished playing the tune. Obama releases an embarrassingly hypocritical ad complaining he was taken out of context, and the media nod their heads. But looking at the context makes the president come off worse, as Obama set up his infamous line with this insult: “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.” Why so nakedly insult business owners? Because in his worldview, government is the center of society, the catalyst that causes all reactions. The president believes that anyone whose life and words counter that philosophy should be treated with scorn. Because Americans still applaud earned success, he usually hides it better.
Hole #2: Government as family and parent Continue reading