"It is precisely this clinging to victimhood as a means of demonstrating one’s virtue and advancing one’s well-being that has led us into a society in which welfare and quotas are “civil rights,” government handouts are “entitlements,” and payment to girls having babies out of wedlock are “compassionate,” while hard-working, ambitious people are “greedy,” punishment of crime is “oppression,” and an independent thinker who stands for courage and self-reliance is dismissed as an “Uncle Tom.”"
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Heroics, Letter to The American Spectator, P. 72, February, 1996.
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Victimhood has made a fortune for Jesse Jackson, Sr. and a host of others who mouth/preach that line. As a Capitalist, I have to give them grudging respect for that accomplishment. As a Christian, I will leave their ultimate rewards in the Lord's hands. I recently read a troubling statistic. The question was asked as to what was the most dangerous place for an Afro-American. The answer was, "In the womb." It seems that 60% of Afro-American pregnancies are aborted. Something is terribly wrong here!
 -- J. B. Wulff, Bristol, CT     
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    Alford is right. And for the most part segments of the population cling to victimhood by way of playing the race card. What they're really saying is "You owe me". Well, the truth is no one is owed anything other than the freedom to act responsibly on their own behalf in a free society.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    When things go wrong , it's always good to blame society. It seems that a large number of people in this country refuse to own their mistakes and always blame someone else for their misfortunes. The wonderful people in our Congress are especially good at blaming others. Obama has made it an art form, nothing is ever his fault.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    What a hate filled person... with a truly perverted world view in which the folks on Wall Street are "hard working" and the family farmer is "lazy".
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
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    Nothing but sick excuses for what is really hate, selfishness and ignorance.
     -- dick, fort worth     
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    Anonymous and Dick - I pity you for being the Wesley Mouch's of this world and I hope your infectious Progressive disease will soon be cured!
     -- Mary - MI     
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    Absolutely accurate, especially beyond the untruthful ad hominems.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    It is not the end that I quibble with the commies on this blog, it is the MEANS to the end. Always blaming "the rich" these guys, and yet, it is the rich that rule in communist countries. You have been sold a bill of goods -- it is ALL nothing but PROMISES -- promises that are NEVER kept. Will you guys ever wake up? The promises of utopian socialism cannot be kept -- there isn't enough money in all the fat cats bank accounts to feed a nation that is hamstrung to feed itself. Yes, tear down the rich that have gained their wealth through graft and corruption -- only problem is, THEY ARE THE ONES IN POWER. You shout, "tax the rich" because they tell you to. And when the tax code is written, suddenly EVERYONE is taxed more, and the 'rich' just pass on their additional costs to the rest of us. Enough already -- robbing the country and then retiring on a hefty pension has become commonplace in our government. TAXING THE RICH DOES NOT WORK-- it is a lie and a con. We must restrain Congress and the President from spending more money than they can ever repay. No one wants to save the ship, all want to raid the liquor cabinet on the Titanic.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Well said. I wish I could have said that.
     -- r3, Bristol     
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     -- K Foote, St. Paul MN      
    As true as it gets. Unfortunately, many people today choose to be self-proclaimed "victims" rather than entrepreneurs... defeatists rather than doers... declaring the water too hot or too cold before getting into it.
     -- Matt, Los Angeles     
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    I'm tired of working for other people!! If you're old enough to have sex, you're old enough to get a job and pay for the child! Stupid people should not be allowed to breed!
     -- Tired & Frustrated     
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