“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.” — Margaret Thatcher
Historically, the United States has outlasted competing nations with her embrace of diligence, innovation, and competition.
Americans were held to a higher standard whilst ascending society’s ranks and reaching their highest potential. Given the endless opportunities, boundless freedoms, and innumerable resources available, individuals put their minds to work in order to create products and services that would add to the nation’s indomitable spirit.
Americans and naturalized citizens alike knew that hard work and self-reliance wrought “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Without these ideals, the Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, and Hoover Dam, to name a few, would not be here today. Additionally, major companies and similar industries would not have come to fruition.
As of late, many young people have abandoned these tenets of hard work and self-reliance in exchange for handouts and instant gratification.
The following should be asked: Do young people still value hard work and self-reliance, as set forth by their predecessors?
Mostly pointedly, the rise of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement has emboldened disillusioned college students and graduates to demand unusual solutions to debt repayment and a poor job market.
While big governmental policies and crony capitalism wrought under both Democrats and Republicans are largely to blame for these economic failures, many young people are quick to blame capitalism.
Instead of associating with Marxists, socialists, anti-Semites, leftist college professors, sex offenders, hippies, and similar bad influences at these “Occupy Wall Street” events, these disaffected individuals should look elsewhere for solutions.
It is undeniable that this movement harbors sentiments that discourage, rather than encourage, young people from becoming productive members of society.