I think you can just about characterize anyone’s views and outlook depending on how they respond to this statement from Bookwormroom:
America is far from perfect, but it does a better job than any society ever created at ensuring that everyone who works hard has a chance to succeed.
If you get some horrified look at the very suggestion that America is good or if you start getting hemming and hawing about the wonders of Cuba and its free medical care – in either case you know that you are dealing with someone who has been successful in America but doesn’t want anybody else to have that opportunity. Someone who hates the freedom that America represents to the world. Somebody who believes that what some twit in Germany or France thinks about our country is more important than what we ourselves believe.
Why does hard work contribute to success in America? For one thing we try to make sure everybody has the tools to succeed. Take education as an example:
The goal of the conservative is to ensure that even those who do not start out with many advantages can succeed if they work hard. For example, free public schools are a conservative invention. They are a statement that every child, no matter how poor, will have access to the basic tools of success. Granted, some schools are better than others, but the biggest difference between school isn’t funding, or materials, or the quality of teachers. The biggest difference is the students. Students in successful schools work harder than students in unsuccessful schools. They arrive at school every day, ready to work hard and learn. Compare absenteeism and drop-out rates in successful schools and unsuccessful schools and you’ll see what I mean. Even in our worst public schools, the student who works hard and tries to learn will learn and will obtain the tools necessary to succeed in life.
Now we are not talking about equality of outcome – merely equality of opportunity. It is up to the individual to take advantage of the freedom in America.
Conservatives teach to the test. Liberals teach, uh, unearned self-esteem. Conservatives reward accomplishment. Liberals reward, uh, breathing. Conservatives reward hard work. Liberals denigrate hard work. Conservatives believe you earn the right to move on to the next grade by passing the test. Liberals beliieve in social promotion and would rather eliminate the test. Conservatives don’t give a hoot about things like skin color, religion, and gender that have nothing to do with accomplishment. Liberals are obcessed with skin color, religion, gender, etc. Conservatives abhor discrimination. Liberals eagerly discriminate against white males (God help the person who by unhappy circumstance is born a poor white male in American — he has all of the handicaps that accompany poverty but lives in a society that assumes he is rich and punishes him for being white and male).
And in the end, rewarding hard work is only practical:
Conservativism is more practical than liberalism, too. Societies that reward hard work have always been more successful than societies that do not. Why? Because most people simply will not work all that hard if they see the rewards for their labor taken from them and given to someone who did not work at all. They recognize the unfairness of this at a gut level, and ultimately, rebel by not working so hard.
As real-world examples like Russia and Cuba and Maoist China have shown.
So do you believe in Hard Work?
In light of the recent disaster drill in New Jersey which showed crazed fundamentalist Christians storming the classroom to protest the separation of church and state, the Nose on your Face has come up with its top 9 list of other potential disasters. The whole list is great, but a couple that stood out for me:
5. An undocumented immigrant student is made uncomfortable by other students who insist on speaking English, and the proper translators are not on hand to relay his complaint to school administrators.
5 (tie). The final results of the third grade class president election bear the unmistakable fingerprints of Karl Rove.
And who would have believed that home schooling your children is considered to be psychological abuse – step right up Germany:
Hubert and Gundrun Busekros, the parents of Melissa Busekros, the fifteen year-old homeschooled girl removed from her home by government authorities, have been ordered by the courts to undergo psychiatric testing, World Net Daily (WND) reports.
Melissa was removed by court order in early February and placed in a mental institution by German youth authorities who claimed that she suffered from “school phobia” the treatment for which was complete isolation from her family and home. She is now being kept in a foster home in a location unknown to her family who are allowed to visit her for an hour a week.
And is the media up in arms about this snatching of children from their parents – based on Hitler’s original law which viewed all children as being owned by the state?
Melissa’s father Hubert Busekros told the Catholic news service, kreuz.net that local news services have instigated a news blackout on the situation, claiming it is “a personal affair that is not of public interest.”
Thornton said that his organization, founded to defend religious liberties, also fears Melissa will “disappear” irretrievably into the psychiatric system and that test results could be used as a pretext by the courts to remove from the parents the other five children in the family.
Homeschooling is illegal in Germany since it was outlawed for ideological reasons by Adolph Hitler’s Nazi regime. In more recent times, the German government has a strong interest in instilling through the public school system the new statist ideology promoted from Brussels in the European Union.
Where are the Human Rights organizations of the United Nations? Where are the German Human Rights screamers about Gitmo? Hear that hollow echo.