posted on Dec, 2 2007 @ 11:58 AM
I think that it is very easy to fail in America if you work hard, and follow the law, but the opposite doesn't bear thinking about. I don't agree
with your basic premise nor your thought patterns on the matter, sounds to me like you've listened to a few too many Amway tapes in your life, but
that's just my opinion. Yes, I'm all for listening to motivational tapes and reading books on the subject, as I have a few of my own, but being a
realist doesn't negate anything from them, just means I'm not brain washed into thinking that you can't fail.
Take for example some of the homeless men and women I've worked with in the past. For the most part, they didn't do anything wrong to be on the
street, it just happened. They didn't steal from their companies and get caught. For example, I know a man in Nashville who was a decorated Vet. He
was living in the Jo Johnson projects near downtown Nashville. Well, about 3 years ago, they tore down the projects to put up new condo's. He lost
his home, and in the overflow of displaced people, he got lost in the shuffle. Is it his fault that he's homeless? No, not in my opinion. Did he do
anything wrong? No, he was a decorated war Vet. Is it rather heartless to lump him into a blanket statement that implies that he's done something
wrong? Yeah, in my opinion it is.
Another example for you. How bout a guy I know in the Charlottesville, VA area. He and his wife got a divorce, and he's basically homeless. He works
like a dog day in and day out, yet he can't get ahead. He works by day with a land surveying company, and by night he delivers pizza, yet he's still
living in a weekly rental motel room. Did he do anything wrong? No, not really, except not read the signs that his wife was cheating on him and get
sick. He was sick as a dog with Phnuemonia and his ex wife moved out, taking everything but a lawn chair and the bills. He woke up and she was gone,
with a note left for him and the divorce papers.
Or, how bout a personal example for you, my mom. My dad died on Aug 31, 2007, from multiple organ failure, as a result of Serrosis (sp?) of the Liver.
Before he died, he ended up spending almost 3 weeks in the hospital, before dying, while in a coma, in ICU at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory,
NC. For 3 weeks, mom spent every waking minute either in the hospital with dad or working. Now, she's gone from 2 incomes to 1, and, considering dad
didn't have any health or life insurance, a whole stack of bills. While I'm helping all I can, it's not easy to think of the fact that theirs over
a third of a million dollars in medical bills that we are responsible for. Now, did mom do anything wrong? No, and I would suggest for NO ONE to even
insinuate that she did. Did she work hard, follow the law, and still fail here in America? Yes, she has. Also, keep in mind, dad was a Vet, yet he
never got any assistance in life.
Anyone that makes blanket statements like the thread topic needs to think before making them. Things aren't always as black and white as we would
hope. Now, is it possible to succeed in America? Absolutely, I myself know many people that have, but they are the exception rather than the norm.
I've met and retained friendships with many people over the years who have had the means to live any lifestyle they wanted, yet they acknowledge that
a lot of it had to do with persistence, luck, and them being in the right place at the right time.
Anyways, that's it for my ranting on the subject.
By the way, please do everyone a favor and use the spell check feature. Hell, you don't even have to run a program, just when you see a word
underlined in a red dotted line as you are typing, please try and figure out the correct spelling. It is rather distracting and makes it hard to
follow what you are saying. Also, the bad spelling kinda discredits you a bit, to be honest. You say you are a walking success story, yet you care
that little about your spelling and the way you present yourself, even if this is the internet.
[edit on 2-12-2007 by regs]