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Obama’s Appeal: Clueless Entitlement Addicts and Racists

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American Thinker

Lloyd Marcus

During dinner on the Rebuild America Defeat Obama bus tour, a fascinating discussion evolved amongst our team.  Someone said he fears who we have become as a people — a nation in which a majority believes it normal to receive government handouts.  He witnessed people using food stamps to purchase extravagant foods.  Someone else chimed in about the huge kiosk in the lobby of his daughter’s elementary school encouraging parents to sign up their child for free lunches.  Parents who can well afford to feed their children are on the free lunch program.

While their examples are anecdotal, my team members conclude that we are rapidly losing the self-reliant individual spirit which has made us great and are trending towards becoming a nation of takers, making government dependency the new normal.

Their negative prediction regarding the new America was pretty depressing.  But as they spoke, my mind wandered to a story my 84-year-old black dad told me about his first job.

When dad was around eleven, he and his buddy were shoe-shine boys at the Greyhound Bus station in Baltimore — Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Folks, Dad has had an amazing life with numerous achievements — first black Baltimore City Firefighter of the Year, first black paramedic, a pastor of numerous churches, and an author.

And yet, when Dad told me, over the phone, about the salesmanship and creativity he and his buddy employed as young entrepreneurs shining shoes, I could hear in his voice the pride and joy he still felt about it.

Their deal with management was a dime base pay plus tips.  Dad excitedly said, “The money was in the tips.” So he and his buddy made their customers’ shoe-shine experience an entertaining show.  They twirled their shoe-shine brushes high into the air and caught them.  They made rhythmic popping sounds with their shoe-shine rag.

After the shine, they used a whisk broom to brush down the gentleman’s suit.  Amazingly, there was always a little something on back of the gentleman’s suit requiring a little extra effort to remove.  They were always successful, and gentlemen were appreciative.

On a good weekend, Dad made $1.25.  He gave Aunt Nee, who raised him, 50 cents.  He purchased a t-shirt.  Dad said he bragged to his friends: “I am paying rent and buying my own clothes now.” In Dad’s mind, he had become a man.  What was the magic ingredient that made Dad feel so good about himself?

The answer is individual personal achievement.



  1. Hillbilly Lawyers

    November 4th, 2012

    I mopped floors after hours with an old alcoholic janitor when I was 12 and 13. It was a big thing for me and people at school looked up to me because I had a job. Pride can be very prosperous if it is for the right reasons.

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  2. Anne

    November 4th, 2012

    To hear the liars in the MSM tell it, Joe Biden is that good ol’ boy from Pennsylvania who is beloved by the good folks in western Pennsylvania, and yet who does Obama send to bail him out and to save his ass in Pennsylvania? – that other liar and con artist, Bill Clinton. NOT Biden. Go figure.

    The one thing that all of the slimy Democrats have in common is that all of them are liars.

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  3. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    November 4th, 2012

    Lloyd Marcus has nailed the issue – it is not about material achievement, it is about personal pride and opportunity. The Democrats can hand out iPhones as their standard ObamaPhone, but the real kick in the pants is not the possession itself, it is the feeling when one can say that they personally earned the right to have it.

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  4. beachmom

    November 4th, 2012

    When I was a lunch aide, 15 yrs ago, the free lunch kids were always the ones who went to Florida for vacation and had the newest gaming systems, etc.
    I always figured if they’re getting food stamps why aren’t they buying lunch food so their kid can bring lunch to school?

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  5. davey b

    November 4th, 2012

    “Lloyd Marcus has nailed the issue”

    yessir, he always does

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  6. AbigailAdams

    November 4th, 2012

    It’s the pride, freedom and peace of mind of paying your own freight. I’ve been pondering one of the quotes from Adams and other Founders that our republican system of government can only work for a moral people. It’s not that it can only work if we are perfect or even close to perfect, but that we feel accountable to God and understand our obligation to always be striving to achieve a moral life.

    The Bible tells us to not be indebted to others because through that we are no longer free people and our obligation shifts from God to men. We also become an unnecessary burden to others which fuels resentment for both the debtor and the one carrying them.

    At some point we misinterpreted the imperative to “make sure our children had a better life than we did”. Now our kids have their own tee vees, cell phones, computers, designer clothing, etc. by the time they are in 6th grade or so. Parents often cave to the pressure of social trends rather than face the moral obligation of instilling character. Worse, when we try, it feels like every important adult–teachers, other kids’ parents–are ignorant of what character training entails and it’s obvious they don’t think it’s important or even what it is based in.

    A moral people need God in order to have a basis of what morality is or why it’s important. Without God we can believe that envy, jealousy, laziness and the rest are normal conditions that must be ameliorated by the fruits of socialism.

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  7. I Luv Bacon

    November 4th, 2012

    I’m addicted to individual personal achievement.

    I just love meticulously doing it my way.

    Working with my hands and my noggin, on my own equipment or personal business enterprise.

    I pity, boardering on disdain, the slick, lazy, know it all who never lifts a finger.

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  8. I Luv Bacon

    November 4th, 2012

    border. eesh

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  9. phil in philly

    November 4th, 2012

    “I always figured if they’re.. ”

    those would be your demoncrap voters

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  10. GW Bear

    November 4th, 2012

    I had a number of jobs growing up spending money and when my daughter was old enough we insisted she work too.

    A lot of this crap starts with parents giving their kids everything so they grow up thinking they don’t have to work for anything. It all starts at home.

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