Nobody helped them except us. They did it on their own.
- Andrew Sutton, 35, telling an investigative reporter at Fox News about how his kids built a lemonade stand without any of that dang-blasted government help.
I think this is the reductio ad absurdium of angry “build it” reactions. My general rule for any gaffe is – does it make any sense the way that it’s being weaponized against the gaffe-maker? Or does it make more sense in a larger context? Without more context, Sutton’s point here is totally insane. Obviously he helped his kids. Similarly, you have to be convinced that Barack Obama is a collectivist who wants to nationalize all industry to think he literally does not believe that any business founder ever created anything.