Archive for March 31st, 2009
Lately, since we’ve seen our new president make sweeping changes to the way our country does business. We’ve watched him take over a major American company, fire it’s CEO and add "back your car warranty" to the list of governmental responsibilities. We’ve watched him threaten small businesses by hiking up taxes on their owners, making the spectre of bankruptcy.
All of this, in this Rabid Conservative’s opinion, has to do specifically with the abundance of sentiment that is feeding what I call, the Loser Nation. Here are the symptoms:
1. The potential for failure is being replaced with an abundance of safety nets.
2. Getting ahead because of hard work, ingenuity, talent, and a little luck (or God’s grace), is being replaced with people working at different levels of difficulty and skill, yet all getting the same result, mostly undeserving of the results they receive.
3. The government enabling and rewarding those who have made poor decisions with opportunities to continue to make poor decisions, even if those decisions cause damage to others.
I told my kid once that failure is just as essential success, because without it, there are lessons we just cannot learn. Science is all about understanding what fails and what succeeds. Abe Lincoln failed at most everything he attempted. Failure has a place in our lives and it’s how we learn what doesn’t work.
But today, we’re trying to eliminate failure from our lives. More and more, people cannot stand the prospect that if they attempt something, they may fail.
Take school, for example. Today, the liberals are saying that failure, namely the "F" grade is psychologically scarring and things like red pens hurt kids. I had two college students in my classes just this quarter, one who didn’t turn in a final exam, another who turned in no work since Week 2 of a 12 week course. When both were faced with either F or D- grades, they complained to the department chairs and I was forced to grant them concessions. Why? Because both of these two lacked the intestinal fortitude to accept their failure – failure they brought upon themselves.
When I played little league softball, we kept score. There wasn’t any of this rubbish about how "we’re just playing to have fun"; we kept score! And while we were disappointed when we would lose the game, we knew that meant we needed to play harder, try new things, and do better the next time. It’s not like today where kids don’t improve because there is no motivation for them to do so.
Failure is a necessary part of life. When we get an "F", it means, "you didn’t do it right". Red pens are
And by the way, a dirty little secret, even during those YMCA kids games where they "don’t keep score", well, they’re keeping score. The kids, the parents, the officials…everyone is. So the sentiment is dishonest at best. More like total crap to me.
America was built on blood, sweat, and tears, hard work done by the hands of many created the golden city on the hill that is the envy of all the world. It wasn’t built by the government handing out money to people. It was built by the people, daring to dream of something far bigger than what they had and what they were.
Does the world clamour on about the Spanish, French, or Croatian Dream? No. Not to say that Spain, France, or Croatia aren’t good places to create a life, but we don’t see flocks of people beating on the doors to enter those countries. However, the hope of the American Dream has been in the eyes of millions for over two hundred years.
Yet today, the American Dream is fading away because there are forces at work that seek to dispel the concept of hard work, personal sacrifice, and life’s reward.
You see, I was taught in school that if you were willing to work hard for something, you could get it, which also meant the inverse was also true. However, today the hard work of millions is being taken and given to those who aren’t working as hard.
Those that work hard produce. Those that don’t work hard have nothing. So those that don’t have anything complain about not having anything, yet are not willing to get up and make something happen. They cry foul about how unfair the system is or how that they didn’t lose, they were cheated. And like little bratty children, they complain to the only power capable of giving them something for nothing, the government.
So the government sees the product of those hard working people and determines that they have too much – that they don’t deserve the reward from the sweat of their brow. And out of a false sense of compassion, wealth is spread around…from the winners to the losers, so that the losers won’t clamour on to the government – or worse, politicians will get their vote.
The Loser Nation
Today, we are rewarding those who fail, either because they made poor decisions, such as buying a house they couldn’t afford, investing in this fund or that market that turned out to be a bad choice
You see, losers clamour on about intentions rather than results. Losers gripe and whine because they don’t have, rather than pulling up their bootstraps and making something happen. Losers offer excuses about their failures and don’t take ownership and responsibility for their own incompetence and ineptitude. And yet, today, we are giving into losers.
Losers do nothing but consume the product that is created by those who win and cry like a newborn when they don’t get what they want. They come to hate the winners, to resent them, and to strip them of their product because losers can’t exist on their own. They consume themselves into oblivion, while the winners build greater.
We are slowly becoming the Loser Nation.
The Signs You Are a Loser
1) If you refuse to hold to your conviction, but rather change because it makes you feel better, you’re a loser.
2) If you complain about life’s difficulty, rather than realise that it’s no one’s fault but rather, it’s your challenge before you, you’re a loser.
3) If you make excuses for your own stupidity, incompetence, or ineptitude, you’re a loser.
4) If you blame others when things go wrong for you, particularly when you screwed them up, you’re a loser.
5) If you afraid to ask someone else if you do these things, for fear that they will say yes, you might just be a loser.
I challenge you – think about how you perceive life and whether or not this mentality is present in your mind.
If America is ever to succeed through the tribulation of a poor economy, we have to stop acting and thinking like losers. We have to take responsibility and stop empowering people who continuously fail and empower those who are succeeding. No company is too big to fail, but we all will fail if we don’t turn away from this madness and get back to what we do best – winning.