Sunday, February 21, 2010

When did "You can succeed" become a radical message?

Over at the aptly name Crooks and Liars Heather Sunday has a problem with Glenn Beck's CPAC speech.  Exactly what the problem is remains a mystery.  Does Sunday object to Beck's message of self-sufficiency?  Is it somehow radical that people actually succeed by their own hard work rather than by the largess of the nanny state?

Progressives seem perfectly happy to cede their individualism to the state.  It is as if they are aware that there are winners and losers in life and the simply more comfortable allowing the government to separate the wheat from the chaff.  They just don't believe that Joe Schmo is smart enough to wander through this life without the guiding hand of an omnipotent and omnipresent government referee overseeing the game of life.

Conservatives know that alot of us will fail, repeatedly, before we succeed.  Conservatives know that life isn't fair and that alot of us will struggle.  But Conservatives also believe that each one of us was endowed with the ability to succeed.  Reaching a personal level of success may not be easy but it is far more satisfying than the false Utopia that Progressives cling to.

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