Success – A Social Crime
October 13, 2011
Success has become taboo. Leadership has become unfair. Reason has become politically incorrect and money has become malevolent.
Monochromatic is the theme. Mute is the desire. Mundane is the mission and control is the goal.
Where do we live? America?
In a recent New York Times article James Atlas ridicules the “Super People.” The students who have worked hard and achieved much are taunted in his article like a bully in the schoolyard. According to Mr. Atlas, the “Super People” are only successful because of frustrated helicopter moms or because they stretch the truth on their applications. “Super People” are super weird. The “Super People” made great grades, excelled in sports, and/or music, and contributed to country and society with social service. Losers. Oh, and they only succeeded because their mother made them do it, or they were rich – the 1%.
Where do we live? America?
We are a country that was built on true grit, hard work and a desire to soar on eagle’s wings. Drunk on freedom and free from the chains of tyranny, immigrants were inspired to reach for the sky and seek success. They labored and toiled, passionately pursuing their dreams. Liberty was a gift from God. Talent was admired. Success was revered. Public service was not only a virtue but inherent.
Children from broken homes, poverty, and despair had the opportunity to reach and seek higher ground. Our history is literally filled with examples of young students who studied meticulously, read voraciously and worked many jobs at the same time. Exertion and perseverance were synonymous with American pride and dignity.
Candice Millard, brings to life a stunning example of such attributes in her biography of the often forgotten President, James A. Garfield. He was born in a log cabin and fatherless by the age of one. He worked many jobs to put himself through school. At preparatory school, he studied so diligently he was promoted from janitor to assistant professor. At age twenty-six, he later returned to be the school’s President and passed the Ohio bar in his free time. His adult life mirrored his youth with ardent service to his country and countrymen in combat, Congress and as President.
Other such over achiever kids were George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Today, they would be considered “Super People.” Today, they would be muted and shamed for their desire to speak their thoughts, acknowledge their God, seek seemingly attainable goals and God-forbid, win. Today, they would be labeled Mama’s boys, demeaned as privileged, constrained as prejudiced or taunted as eggheads.
Yet, just imagine America without them. Without them, there would be no America.
Is the design of the liberal elite? No America?
We are dangerously on the brink.
James A. Garfield was taught by his mother to “walk with his shoulders squared and his head thrown back.” He was proud to be an American. America gave him the opportunity to achieve his destiny.
Today we teach our kids to hide their heads in the sand like ostriches.
Our children are taught to hold their head down in silence and shame. America is not exceptional. God is not good. Winning is self-indulgent. Succeeding in business is unfair. “Be the 99%.”
Is this America?
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