Lessons about capitalism from my blue-collar, butcher father

Here, my friends, is an excellent opinion piece by former Libertarian VP nominee and all-around smart guy Wayne Allyn Root. It’s essential reading if you want to see both what’s wrong in our country and the correct attitude we need to adopt in order to begin to fix it. I will pull my two favorite quotes from it, but please go read the whole thing by clicking the link above.

First, what’s wrong and how it has been caused:

This president has damaged the American Dream–perhaps beyond repair. This President has created a bitterly divided society, a nation filled with anger, hate, rage, jealousy and envy. This President (the man who uttered “You didn’t build that”) has created an army of “have-nots” who instead of being inspired to work harder, aim higher, and do extraordinary things, see the successful as the enemy, and merely want to take what we have.

Now, the key advice from his father which is still valid for anyone today:

Forty years ago my butcher father taught me lessons about wealth that led to my extraordinary success in this great country. He said, “Son, I’d love to hate rich people. But no one poor has ever given me a job.” Wiser words were never spoken.

While, sadly, I no longer agree with his dad’s final observation about the Republican party–which in its current state is part of the problem and not the solution–how anyone with a brain can’t see how correct the other observations are is completely beyond me…

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