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Liberals, 'the pursuit of happiness' and the sin of achieving 'happiness'

A homeless man steels himself against single-digit temperatures in a jet of warm air coming up from the McPhearson Square Metro station beneath the Department of Veterans Affairs January 7, 2014 in Washington, United States.
A homeless man steels himself against single-digit temperatures in a jet of warm air coming up from the McPhearson Square Metro station beneath the Department of Veterans Affairs January 7, 2014 in Washington, United States.
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The Declaration Independence declares that, among our three God-given inalienable rights is the liberty to engage in the "pursuit of happiness." But in the liberal mind, there is a very big and unforgivable difference between "the pursuit of happiness" and the sin of achieving "happiness."

As Thomas Sowell opined for Real Clear Politics Nov. 19, 2013:

The real war -- which is being waged in our schools, in the media and among the intelligentsia -- is the war on achievement. When President Obama told business owners, "You didn't build that!" this was just one passing skirmish in the war on achievement.

Sowell further noted that “the very word ‘achievement’ has been replaced by the word ‘privilege’ and that “individuals or groups that have achieved more than others” are to be "resented rather than emulated."

"It's entertaining to wail about fat cats and the greedy rich,” wrote CNN Money’s Senior Editor-at-large Nina Easton April 24, 2012. “But if we're serious about addressing widening inequality, we should figure out what the 1% is doing right -- and apply some of those ideas to closing the gap.”

To liberals, all success is motivated by “greed” and is only achieved “on the backs of others.”

On Nov. 7, 2007, then-Democratic presidential nominee candidate Barack Obama delivered a speech on the “American Dream.”

But the only "dreams" Obama cited were those that reached no higher than simply surviving and getting by with the rest of the struggling collective.

"A job with wages that can support a family," he said. "Health care that we can count on and afford. A retirement that is dignified and secure. Education and opportunity for our kids. Common hopes. American dreams."

There was no mention of the "dreams" some might have to achieve so much success they can retire in style -- early -- and send their kids off to an ivy league college in designer clothes and a Bentley.

"America is the sum of our dreams,” Obama said. “And what binds us together, what makes us one American family, is that we stand up and fight for each other's dreams, that we reaffirm that fundamental belief - I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper - through our politics, our policies, and in our daily lives. It's time to do that once more. It's time to reclaim the American dream.”

The American Dream. Not your American Dream.

Coming from a multimillionaire who refuses to spread his own wealth to help his “brother” George, who lives in poverty in the Huruma slum in Nairobi, it's a bit hypocritical to insist that others share their wealth with total strangers.

But as Wayne Allyn Root outlined for Fox News Jan. 15:

We have millions unemployed. Millions more under-employed. Forty-seven million on food stamps -- more than the population of Spain. Over 10 million on disability. More Americans on entitlements than working in the private sector. Over 46 million living in poverty -- twice the population of Syria. Over 6 million more Americans living in poverty just in Obama's first term. The number of Americans without a job has increased by almost 10 million under Obama.

"Our Constitution never talks about inequality or social justice,” Root explained. “We are never guaranteed happiness or wealth -- only that everyone would have the opportunity to pursue happiness and wealth with economic freedom.”

In his April 28, 2010 speech on Wall Street reform in Quincy, Illinois Obama saluted America’s “working men and women” who “built the American Dream with their bare hands.”

Again -- “the American Dream”… not “their American Dream.”

"We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned," Obama said further.

I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.

Since when does the president get to determine when an American citizen has “made enough money” and whether or not it was “fairly earned?”

In his mind, no wealth is “fairly earned."

"If you were successful," Obama asserted in a speech at a July 13, 2012 campaign event in Roanoke, Va., "somebody along the line gave you some help."

There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Obama has even made it clear that he will wage war against you if he doesn't approve of the product you sell.

“If somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can,” Obama vowed in 2008, “it’s just that” he planned to “put a cap and trade system in place” that “will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

The current curiosity is Obama's determination to focus on “income inequality” rather than “effort inequity.”

In his speech before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Florida on June 22, 2012, Obama said that "in this country, prosperity has never come from the top down."

So, if “prosperity” doesn’t come “from the top down," why does he demand repeatedly that the “rich” should “pay their fair share” so he can take "prosperity" from those at "the top?" so he can “spread the wealth around?”

To Obama and the rest of his liberal cohorts, Americans only have the right to "pursue" happiness. You have the right to struggle, not to achieve.

To define your own “American Dream” and to actually obtain your individual idea of “happiness” through your own efforts, that is a moral sin.

That's the ugly secret.

Liberals don't want you to succeed.

They want you to be needy.

Your dependency on their handouts gives them power. That power gives them control. Once they have control, they know you will adjust. You will become apathetic. Over time, you will even abandon your right to pursue or even to define your own “happiness” and you will -- through their effort to humiliate and beat you into submission -- sacrifice your personal American Dream upon the liberal altar of “common hopes.”

On that day, they will own you.