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America's Choice: Learned Helplessness or Earned Opportunity

joanne206 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 7:25 AM
oboy, wake up. My husband and I were born during the depression. Both from broken homes, know what it is like to go hungry and dress like a hobo. My husband was brought up in an orphanage, I was brought up on the street. We have now been married 58 yrs. We struggled for many many years, had five kids, no movies, dances,ball games or TV, just kept our nose tothe grind stone. Started a business with a borrowed 500.00 and more struggle but in the end we achieved more than we ever thought we would. Retired early as the government had started sticking its nose in our lives. One example, we paid twice monthly. If an employee wanted time off but did not want to use sick days, personal time, or be docked they could make up time later.
Arley2 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 1:36 PM
You and your husband ought to feel very, very good about what you've accomplished. You're the sort of people that built America.

Congratulations to both of you!

If Alexis de Tocqueville were to have written Democracy in America today, he might have shared an entirely different perception of America. He would have found too many of our citizens suffering from the depression of our age--"Learned helplessness." Rather than believing that they have what it takes to invent their own future and claiming the mantle of self-reliance and earned opportunity that made America great, they look to government for support.

America was built on "inalienable," God-given rights that for the first time in recorded history affirmed that all men are created equal. An individual's fate was not determined...