Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Central Theme of DNC - Unequal Opportunity In America

One thing I noticed throughout the first night of the Democratic Convention was a recurring theme centering around how America does not offer equal opportunity to all, and government needs to step in to provide that opportunity. Yet each and every one of them made it a point to tell their story of how they started out at the bottom and had to work their way up to where they are today.

So my question: If America is not a land of equal opportunity, how is it that all those poor minorities made it to the top of the food chain? If, as they say, the wealthy close the door of success behind them, how did Obama become president? How did Castro become Mayor? All these kids, born of poor immigrants, apparently found the "door" wide open.

And it is! Anyone can get to the top. But it takes desire, drive, ambition and work. The fact that 96% of the people are unwilling to put forth that kind of effort is not a reflection on America. It's a reflection on them.

One thing is certain - no matter how hard they try, government can never insert backbone into people. It cannot instill ambition or drive. Either the person has it, or they don't.


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