Being successful in America

If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.

I checked my privilege, and it’s just fine

The plain fact is that what [liberals] understand to be ’privilege’ is really just what regular people understand is a ‘consequence.’ It is a consequence of hard work, of delaying gratification, and of sacrifice. No one came and bestowed this country upon us. We built it. Some of us died doing so. If we have privilege, it was earned at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Normandy. It’s not a function of skin tone or the number of vowels in your name; it’s a function of character.
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Natural progress

The uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition … is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in spite of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration.