Self-Reliance

Ray Thomas raythomas101 at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 25 14:00:44 MDT 2007


John:

Why did you send this? Have you found Ken Hamblin? I've been looking for him 
ever since he disappeared from Denver area radio, Denver newspapers, and the 
Internet.

RAY THOMA$
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>From: "John A. Quayle" <blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET>
>Reply-To: Open discussion of current events <RUSHTALK at athena.csdco.com>
>To: RUSHTALK at athena.csdco.com
>Subject: Self-Reliance
>Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 02:26:23 -0400
>
>                 Self-reliance is the key to freedom
>                 by: "The Black Avenger", Ken Hamblin
>
>Tuesday, October 1, 1996
>
>         Recently, I received a letter from a woman who chose to take issue 
>with my stance that the individual, not government, is ultimately 
>responsible for nurturing his or her own dreams, for mustering the courage 
>to reach for the stars.
>
>         By this woman's logic "A person needs to have time available in 
>order to dream and help make that dream come true. Many people are so busy 
>just trying to survive that they never have the time or energy to dream. 
>These people work full time at one or two or maybe even three jobs just to 
>get enough money to provide the basic essentials for themselves and their 
>families. Any time left over is spent taking care of those families." After 
>reading her words - words in total opposition to everything I have been 
>taught or encouraged to believe in - I concluded that they were spoken like 
>a true social worker. They contained all the common traits of the liberal 
>socialist ideal. They were defeatist in that they served to dampen the 
>ambition we Americans like to think is a natural characteristic of the 
>American spirit.
>
>         I marveled at the defeatism implicit in her words because although 
>I grew up poor, raised by women on public assistance in a household where 
>every day was a fight for survival, the ideals of "yes you can do" were 
>deeply ingrained in me. Learning how to do for yourself wasn't overshadowed 
>by an intellectual philosophy that deemed the government morally obligated 
>to care for you. It was a hard lesson about life. Taking responsibility for 
>yourself is tough, doubly so if you're poor. But maybe that's why and how I 
>managed to survive. I saw poverty as the ordeal I had to overcome, and the 
>only resources available to help me do it were my resources and energy. 
>Success, however long it took to come, was marked by breaking away from 
>one's dependency on the government, not by becoming further dependent upon 
>it.
>
>         As a result of my experience, I'm seldom shy to be bullish on 
>America. I talk about the ideals and principles of this great country every 
>day on my syndicated radio show. And I wrote a book entitled "Pick a Better 
>Country." Despite her shortcomings and warts, the U.S. is still the best 
>bet when it comes to dreaming about building a future for your family. My 
>detractor sought to tell me about her dream of someday working with 
>computers. She noted that it took her several years to achieve her goal and 
>that she spent time taking a college course, thanks to funds from the 
>government. "Dreams are such fragile things," she wrote. "They also often 
>take a lot of time to achieve."
>
>         What she failed to note, however, is that no matter how noble 
>one's dreams may be, their fulfillment is never guaranteed on this planet. 
>And despite all of the socialist nonsense frequently spouted by liberals, 
>success isn't, nor should it be, guaranteed in the U.S. By her logic, 
>everything from a demand for self reliance to welfare reform are nothing 
>more than part of a dastardly capitalist plot "for large corporations to 
>make money administering the new programs while taking money from poor 
>people who need help to achieve their dreams." According to recent reports, 
>approximately 54 cents of every dollar earned in the U.S. today is gobbled 
>up by state and federal tax collectors, and apparently that still isn't 
>enough to comfort educate and nurture the dreams of the wretched. In 
>closing her letter to me, my nemesis said: "Poor people may have a welfare 
>mentality, but rich people and large corporations also have the same 
>welfare mentality that the government owes them and they are constantly 
>trying to get more and more government money."
>
>         Could it be that the rich man's welfare she is referring to is 
>really the growing demand from working people for lower taxes, less 
>government and a reinvestment in the American dream?
>
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