Witty. Passionate. Thoughtful. Gorgeous. Amazing. Those are just a few words I use to describe myself.
I haven’t always felt this way. Quite frankly, I didn’t think much of myself during the younger years.
However, there is one word I’ve identified with since I can remember and that’s “patriot.”
I love my country. Every day I pray, “may the blessings of the Lord be upon the United States of America and no one else.” I’m kidding.
But I’d be lying if I said I wanted us to be anything less than the best country the world has ever known.
While reading the Washington Post article, Cain finds support among some Atlanta Democrats, I was reminded of the mentality that puts our #1 in awesomeness status at risk.
But first, a few words of caution. I’m about to unapologetically say things you may find offensive. Those who are expecting, suffering from heart conditions, or prone to simplifying others’ extensive and complex beliefs as either liberal or conservative are advised to stop reading. Try to sum me up based on one blog post, and you’re gonna hurt yourself.
Now, let’s talk about the effed up attitude that’s destroying America.
There’s no honor in hard work anymore.
Jimmy Smith, an out of work construction worker and Democrat said he’d consider voting for Herman Cain if the Republican presidential candidate could do something about the Mexicans.
You look around at construction. The Mexicans got all the jobs because they work all day. I know because I work with them. They don’t take breaks.
Let’s acknowledge there’s at least one Mexican hiding somewhere in the far reaches of the continental United States who’s taken a 15 minute break within the last decade.
When I told a friend about Mr. Smith’s observation that Mexicans work all day, before I could finish my thought, she snapped,
“I ain’t ‘bout to work on nobody job all day without taking a break!”
Well then, I guess it’s settled.
Even if we erected a border fence between the U.S. and Mexico that electrocuted illegals as “jokingly” suggested by Herman Cain, how do we compete with immigrants who are here legally?
Where’s the magic switch that triggers the desire to take long, frequent smoke breaks once you become a legal resident of the United States?
Look at Alabama.
They ran Mexican laborers out of the state. Now farmers don’t have enough workers.
Currently, Alabama has a 9.8% unemployment rate. If Alabama is like the rest of the nation, the jobless rate among the 16 – 24 crowd is even higher. With unemployment rates like these, better not one tomato leaf rot on the ground.
Obviously, if you’re strapped to an oxygen tank, I’m not talking to you.
What’s wrong with getting a little exercise, making money, helping an American business owner, and contributing to the continued low food prices in your area?
That’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 101: Think Win-Win-Win-Win.
Kevin Haggins, an unemployed website project manager, has the right mindset. Even though he’s been jobless for a year and a half, he says:
Are we gonna wait for the system to go and get us a job?… some people have given up…some people are so used to being subsidized it’s a type of slavery. They never develop skills.
Masterfully said, Mr. Haggins. We need more people like you.
If you’d rather not perform physical labor, you’re welcome to acquire skills and expertise that other people are willing to pay you for.
Thomas Edison famously said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Regardless of the path you choose, if you’re to be successful you gotta work…hard.
By all means, vote.
But I’ve learned over the years that I exercise the greatest level of control over my own life.
Be mad all you want. You know I’m telling you the truth. Chronic, self inflicted anger, disappointment, and bigotry can lead to hair loss, constipation, and bad breath. That may not be totally true, but they do cause something far worse than joblessness and that’s hopelessness.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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