This is America, land of opportunity. Most of us here were raised on the idea that if you work hard, have patience and pay your dues, things will eventually go your way. Our parents and grandparents assured us that while it'd be tough at times, hard work, loyalty, and perseverance paid off. It sounded good, right?
That was the America of yesterday. The America of today ...I hardly recognize it.
We're all raised with the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality and that's fine but the more you pull, the weaker the bootstraps get and eventually they break. What happens when you've done all you can to get ahead and nothing comes of it? What THEN?
Check out my friend Anne's blog posts below and read for yourself the prejudice and discrimination faced by the long-term unemployed. Contrary to what you might have been led to believe, the list of long-term unemployed isn't populated with drug addicts, alcoholics and welfare moms sitting around all day waiting for a government check. There are people out there, a lot of them, who want to work and yet no one will hire them.
I want my America back. I want Anne's America back. I want the America our parents and grandparents told us about...where, if we worked really hard, persevered and stuck with it---we could be anything we wanted to be.
I miss that America. Don't you?