I am thankful to live in a country that still rewards hard work, personal responsibility and accountability. But that country, which was my role model as a young man, is rapidly fading into history. Human nature is such that a substantial number of people can be addicted to a government check if they choose not to work. But many of our grandparents taught us by example that the pursuit of success was a noble quest. Parents once bragged about what their children had become.
How many parents are bragging about their kids occupying cities and universities and fouling the ground and streets with human waste?
Bill Bradley, former Democratic senator and professional basketball player, once observed: "Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in."
We should be thankful for such truth. I would be more thankful if it were on the rise instead of in decline.
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