"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, August 13, 2012

Two Jobs. Two Visions. Two Outcomes. Your Choice.

Mitt Romney got out of college and wanted to go into business.   He started Bain Capital for the purpose of making money for his investors and himself.   He ended up financing prominent start-ups like Staples and Sports Authority, and he ended up making himself very very rich.   It's hard to say that Romney wasn't successful at what he set out to do.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama got out of college and wanted to be a "community organizer" in Chicago.   Here's what Chicago looks like after decades of this kind of "community organizing":

There are 228 dead: That's the number of murders this year in Chicago. It's nearly twice as many as the number of Americans lost on the battlefields of Afghanistan over these last six months. And the number of deaths is up 35 percent over the same period last year.

There was a time it was called "gangland" Chicago and maybe that time has returned.

Chicago teen on living amid violence: "I don't expect to have a future here"

The cops tell us it's the gang members who have turned some neighborhoods into free-fire zones. More people were cut down today.

That was two months ago.   The figures are undoubtedly much worse after a hot summer in the city. 

Put bluntly, it's absurd to say that Barack Obama "succeeded" at what he set out to do in Chicago.   The community he wanted to "organize" is arguably the most dysfunctional community in America.

This election is a contrast in a lot of ways.   One of the ways is the simple contrast between people who do things, and people who just talk about doing things; the doers and the dreamers; or, to put it less charitably, the grown-ups and the childish.

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