The Crime of Success:
I read an article today about Google Executive Alan Eustace who recently broke world parachute height record. As I read the article I was thinking what a cool thing to do as he actually jumped from the edge of space. Man it was like the guy had something he wanted to do, he could afford it and he made it happen. Then something unexpected happened as I read about it on Facebook. In the commentary on this record breaking event people were putting him down, were talking smack about him wasting money. Saying he should do other things with his money and this is what got me thinking about writing a post. They all seemed to agree that it was “his” money but these people for whatever reason though it was their place to decide what he should have done with “his” money. Is this what America is or has become under liberal leadership? I remember the “You didn’t build that” comments from Obama in his second campaign for president. I remember how in pushing the health care law Pelosi stated to artists and such that we (the government) have your backs.
This nation is great because we the people up until now have embraced the challenge to invent, to build, to design to succeed and yes to profit from our work. Why is it that now when somebody does something awesome they are scorned, ridiculed and looked upon as un-American? Look at Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi and a crap load of other Liberal progressives that put down capitalism but only after making their millions first. Those that put down Mitt Romney in the last election for making his own way in life they made it seem like it was a bad thing, almost unholy. The liberal progressive agenda has you needing to call your children purple penguins, has our kids being told that everybody wins, they scorn competition and individualism and would rather seek to fit our children into a single mold. That my friends id NOT America at least not the America I was raised in what has happened that we cannot say the pledge of allegiance in school? How is it our educational system where teachers are teaching our children that America is unfair and often a bad country? How is it that we stand by and allow our children to be fed a line of bull-crap about success being a bad thing? Is it just me or does anybody else have a problem with the attack on success and the belief that competition does not build stronger minds and character?
My hat is off to Alan Eustace and I hope he continues to make his dreams come true. He earned his money and should spend it how he sees fit. I hope more people read of what he has done and seek to achieve their dreams. I will end this with one of my favorite quotes: “Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and the movements and changes in the world around him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, ‘This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.’ The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.” -Louis L’Amour, The Walking Drum Pub date: May 1, 1985,