American exceptionalism isn’t something we should be ashamed of, nor should we as Americans blame others for our own financial misfortunes as each American holds the key to his or her own destiny. We live in a country where anyone from any background is allotted the opportunity to become a success at whatever they choose to do. Success however, is something that has to be earned. Sadly, entitlement has replaced personal responsibility and accountability. Instead of pushing oneself to overcome obstacles in order achieve the American dream, many people think it should be a given. Today, roughly 53% of Americans are the only ones who pay taxes. Something about this isn’t right.
Erick Erickson thought the same when he founded “We are the 53%” in response to ”We are the 99%” and their followers who currently occupy Wall Street and other locations with protests. Everyone has personal struggles we have to deal with on a daily basis. Protesting Wall Street does not fix the problems. If anything, it compounds them by tying up businesses, thus throwing our economy deeper down the well. When it comes down to it, it’s all about accepting personal responsibility. It’s so much easier to blame someone else than to take a step back and look for ways to fix your current situation.
In the Army, they promoted a doctrine of “policing up your own area,” which is something I think applies to life in general. Do not worry about what the other guy is doing. Just take care of yourself and and drive on.
Here are some of response pictures of members of “We are the 53%” to the similar “99%” images
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