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Isn't that typical?
You didn't do anything yourself. You didn't get there by your own hard work. You didn't get there because you made sacrifices. You didn't get there because you ate ramen for weeks to save up money.
You got there because someone else did it for you.
Like… oh, I dunno… government. Unions. Public schools. All that crap.
Yanno, I don't argue that everyone's had a little help here and there. But that doesn't make you indebted to anyone.
My father used to harp on the point to a fault. The lesson that I learned from his opinions on the matter were to not accept assistance from anyone. To do whatever it was that you wanted to do yourself and rely on no one. Because then they could turn around and get in your face later, telling you and anyone who will listen that they put you where you are today. That you owe them for everything you have.
My father was a very wise man. Perhaps not a man of letters, but certainly a prophet of sorts.
An individual's success is just that -- the culmination of the achievements of that individual.
I didn't get into college just because of my teachers. I did the work. I took the tests. I got the scores. I wrote the admissions essays. And after that, I bought the books and paid the tuition and worked 30 hours a week to do so. I finished the projects and I got the degree. Then I went on the interviews and I proved myself capable of the job, then I ran my own department and I got all the artwork out singlehandedly for seven years. Then I took on the task of learning more skills and got myself a job doing more complicated stuff. I learned what I had to know.
And when I found myself on my ass ten years later, I picked myself up and did what I had to do to bring in a little bit of money. I managed my meagre savings to help keep my family afloat. I earned the trust of former coworkers and clients to get extra work.
I rejected government assistance.
I got a new job. I made enough of an impression to get the shift I wanted. And now, I'm learning what I need to know to get through the day. I'm swallowing my pride and unhappiness so I can continue to meet my obligations.
I won't say that I haven't had a little help here and there. In fact, I still owe my mother money, and I fully intend to pay her back. But I don't owe anyone in the style that the Lightbringer wants me to embrace.
I don't owe my teachers.
I don't owe my professors.
If I owed anything to the people who've hired me over the years, those debts been paid several times over. They paid me a salary for the work I've done.
I certainly don't owe anything to the government. And neither do you.
I'm nothing special. I haven't invented anything, built a business, or come up with the internet. I haven't discovered a cure for a dread disease, managed great gobs of capital, or negotiated record-breaking deals.
But those people who have don't owe anyone, either. They've put their own butts on the line keeping small businesses afloat. They've taken on debt and sleepless nights trying to get their inventions into the marketplace. They've gone without paychecks to make sure that the people that work for them get paid. They've put in more hours in a week than there are hours in a week trying to solve the missing link to a problem, keep something working….
The individual is what built this country. Starting with the individuals who were brave enough to get on boats and stake claims in a strange land, to the individuals who put their heads together to create a fledgling nation, to the individuals who ventured westward to explore and build, to the individuals who built railroads, factories, and industry as we know it. The individual is what still makes this country great.
The individual is also a threat to what The Anointed One most embraces. Precisely because the individual is what makes this country a success.
Not group-think. Not communal love-fests. Not OWS. Not government agencies. Certainly not narcissistic former community organizers who have done nothing concrete with their lives save for engaging in a perpetual personal popularity contest meant to blind the populace with bullshit while they push their own fascist agenda on a country that's been too dumbed down by touchy-feely political correctness and agendized media outlets to know any better.
Break the individual and you make everyone dependent on the group. (See healthcare fiasco for more info.)
I can only hope that enough people watch this clip, hear the soundbite, and read the transcript and are offended enough by it to make a difference in November. Because only the individual can save our bacon come election time.
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(H/T: 'Seester. Who never fails to find the good stuff.)