There’s been a LOT of talk about the disparity of wealth and privilege in the United States lately. Critics say that America was founded on racist ideologies in order to create a system that was designed to keep minorities under the thumb of affluent white elites.

The truth is that it can be hard to argue with that point. There have been a LOT of laws and policies that were once designed to do that very thing…

But that wasn’t the dream of our Founding Fathers.

The dream—the ultimate dream of those men who carved an existence out of a wilderness—was a nation built on liberty.

Freedom for all…

And unfortunately, they made a VERY big mistake along the way by allowing the evil of slavery to take root in their very young country.

However, while we can’t erase the mistake of slavery (nor SHOULD we. It’s something we should ALWAYS keep in mind lest some form of it happen again), we’ve made incredible strides in the 160 years since Republicans fought to free those men and women in chains.

Again, we’ve made mistakes along the way, but we’ve gotten better after each mistake was corrected.

Present-day America is a far cry from where it was even 30 years ago – let alone a century-and-a-half back…

We’ve done so much to level the playing the field for average citizen since those darker days – but that doesn’t seem to matter to the Left.

They’re trying to erase that past in order to fix the problems of the present…

But they’re only creating more problems for the future.

America IS Truly The Land Of Opportunity

America is the land of opportunity…

And the key component of the American dream is the EQUALITY of opportunity. Any American can be ANYTHING they want to be, if they’re willing to sacrifice and put in the time and work to make that goal become a reality—and I’m living proof.

Allow me to share a little example from my own life.

For the first few years of my existence, I understood what it was to struggle while my single mother worked hard to make ends meet.

Working as a bank teller in Western New York, my mother’s meager paycheck went to rent, utilities, food, gas and insurance…

My grandparents, who weren’t wealthy either, helped her pay for my childcare, but everything else was on her. After paying all those living expenses, there really wasn’t a lot left in ANY of those categories to splurge on anything.

At one point, my daily lunch consisted of mayonnaise sandwiches, and dinner was a hot dog and canned potatoes…

Almost every day.

The really good times were when she could afford bologna to go on those mayonnaise sandwiches—those were the salad days.

Eventually, my mother met a man who she would then go on to marry – but even then, things weren’t exactly easy.

We moved around a lot…

Finally finding ourselves in Florida, where we lived in a trailer for our first five years in the state before my mother and stepfather could afford to buy a house, where we lived until I moved out after my first attempt at college.

Earning The Life You Live

When I got out on my own with my future wife, it seemed like a rewind…

I was working part-time to chase the dream of becoming a professional wrestler—and so we struggled. We lived off instant mashed potatoes and ramen, and our protein came from the bags of frozen chicken breasts we bought twice a month. We each got one a day.

But we persevered…

My wife kept going to school, once class at a time. When she needed a break from the pressure of working full-time and going to school, it would be my turn to work and go to school.

Eventually, after 14 years, my wife graduated with a degree in Accounting and took over as the CFO of her company, increasing her salary significantly.

I ended up starting a business of my own, and it was very successful in its first few years of existence…

Then, Obama regulated me right OUT of business, so I went back to school.

After 27 years, I finally graduated with a four-year degree of my own, mine in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on Creative Writing and American Literature.

That ended up leading me to the dream job where I’m working today, writing about the stories that matter to conservatives like us.

However, it wasn’t easy…

My wife and I had to sacrifice and work to get to the point where we are now.

We missed vacations, group dinners, parties, and trips simply because we couldn’t afford them. We had very little time or money to spare, so the loss of either one was too high a price.

Even more, we sacrificed having a family.

We both wanted kids, but we ended up waiting later than we wanted to, and when nature told us we had waited too long, we couldn’t afford to use artificial means either.

This is the worst part of it…

It’s something we both regret to this day, but we didn’t want to bring a child into a life that would simply perpetuate the patterns that our families had gone through generation after generation.

The fact is, we got very little help along the way…

We struggled, we argued, we cried, we fought – but we made it through.

If we could do it—two single white children coming from families of modest means—anybody can do it.

Now, most Leftists will say, “But you’re white! Of course you were able to do that. You benefitted from white privilege.”

And to them, I’d say, “You’re right. I am white. However, every step we made is one any person could make, regardless of race or ethnicity.”

If you’re willing to sacrifice and do the work…

You can do anything. This is the dream that America offers…

She shows you the path…it’s your job to walk down it.

 

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy

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