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16 April 2008 no comment

And it’s not surprising then (that) they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
— Barack Obama


This is an interesting “give a man a fish” statement.  Yes, the bitterness is “not surprising.”  Little should surprise anyone anymore.  “The devil made me do it,” as it were.  And I suppose there are things that I could blame my frustrations on.  At the end of the day (perhaps it should be the beginning of the day), however, what I should say to myself is “what am I going to do going forward?”  Will I sit and stew over my predicament?  Will I find my way into drug abuse, alcoholism, or violence?  Will I become another welfare recipient?  Will I expect God, the police, the government, the church, etc to come and save me?

Or will I get over myself, realize that I am responsible for not only the vast majority of my problems, but 100% of what I’m going to do to fix things, and make it happen? 

Is there a way that our government can bring about this mindset, rather than just ultimately paying everyone off for their votes and their silence?


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