“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.” Washington Irving
Although my views and the views of Barack Obama as to how to improve the lot of the downtrodden are polar opposites, there is a great lesson to be learned from his election to the highest office in the land. That lesson: Being poor, black, white, brown, yellow, jew, christian, muslim, or bearing any one of a myriad of other social monikers is no excuse for being “trapped” among the ranks of the downtrodden. Every African American child in the world should take heart and cultivate a belief that after seeing Barack Hussein Obama elected President of the United States, there is nothing that should stifle their dreams. Rick Pitino said it well; “Success is a choice.” Being black or brown or white may not be a choice but how we play the hand we are dealt is a choice.
The biggest roadblock to overcoming poverty is the government. In the name of helping the poor by easing access to government assistance is the most enabling principle to building the ranks of the poor. In her book, “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” Star Parker, the inspirational African American woman who attacked and rose out of the chains of government welfare says it bluntly. In her story, Parker describes how the welfare system is designed to keep the poor in the bondage of poverty, not free them. Incentive is abolished and complacency is rewarded. Young minds are conditioned to look to “the government” as their future. Self-respect, pride, and faith in the human ability are destroyed in todays government system.
The greatest event in the history of American Politics was the election of the first African American to the highest office of the land. The greatest tragedy in the history of the plight of the poor is that this African American was Barack Obama.