Obama closed his Labor Day speech today to the members of the AFL-CIO in Cincinnati, Ohio — a state whose coal industry he has declared he intends to destroy — who were gathered for their Labor Day picnic by telling the story of a woman in Greenwood, South Carolina, who had inspired him during his campaign. Obama told them that like her, they can be one person who can change the world. (By supporting him — if you’re planning to change the world to better it for yourself and your family, then fuhgedaboutit.)
Obama could not be bothered to recall or mention the name of this woman who changed his life and his campaign with her chant, “Fired up! Ready to go!” at a rural campaign rally that he obviously felt was beneath him. (Obama let the mask over his narcissism slip a bit when he admitted resenting her at first, “This woman is upstaging me!”)
But I LOVE this kind of woman and I wanted to know her name and guess what? All you have to do is Google “South Carolina AND ‘fired up'” and voila! The 60-year-old black county councilwoman from Greenwood, South Carolina, whose chants of “fired up!” and “ready to go!” were able to dissolve even the sullen sulkiness, laziness and elitism of Barack Obama is Edith Childs.
WHY IS THIS WOMAN NOT ALREADY A CZAR OF SOMETHING IN THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE?
In fact, I believe a czar position has just opened up. Obama! Ms. Childs would be the ideal candidate to fill it!
I was able to find Ms. Childs’ name so easily because the Washington Post profiled her and the economic stagnation that deepened in her community following Obama’s inauguration on April 26 as part of its coverage on the effects of Obama’s presidency after its first 100 days. To me, the most tragic part of the Post’s story is Ms. Childs stopping to watch a Tea Party rally and believing she saw people who would hate her instead of knowing that she was watching the people who love her the most, who honor her the most and who are fighting for capitalism because THAT is what will bring businesses and infrastructure to her community, employ its citizens and make it the optimistic, ambitious, vibrant, self-reliant and thriving community she envisions.
Ironically, while Ms. Childs voted for Obama and socialism — I believe without realizing what socialism really is and that Obama was deceiving her about his socialist intentions — when Evon Hackett, one of the women described in the story, could not find a job after months of diligent effort, what do you suppose she did? She resorted to capitalism! She wrote a check overdrawing her account to get capital to make Easter baskets, which she then marketed, earning a net profit of $85. God bless America! (I bet that figure is calculated only by subtracting expenses from gross profit; I’d love to talk to her about her party affiliation and Sarah Palin after she finds out how much of that $85 Obama thinks he ought to have from her in taxes.) Ms. Childs, that’s what capitalism does for an economy! It gives people the incentive and reward for making something out of nothing instead of passively waiting for help. And when the something they make has broad appeal, they don’t just make their own lives better, they create jobs and make the lives of others better, too!
When hurting people like the ones in Greenwood, South Carolina, who were duped by Obama are so willing to embrace capitalism, work hard and do for themselves — which means they are capitalists and conservatives at heart, our homies instead of his — I believe the fate of our nation may very well hang on our ability as Tea Partiers to get out a message that lets Ms. Childs know that we consider her a hero, we honor her enough to remember her name and we have what she is seeking to make her community thrive.
Ms. Childs — we love you, we honor you, we thank you, we embrace you — and we are fired up! Ready to go!