One of the fundamental aspects of our culture is the idea that anything you can dream is possible. The Wright Brothers believed in aviation. Thomas Edison believe in harnessing the power of electricity. There are limitless examples of the power of the American spirit.
These days it seems as if we hear little about our accomplishments and more about problems. We’re told about the bad things the nation has done and why people can’t succeed. If you’re born poor in this country the intelligentsia tells us you’re the product of an exploitative and unequal society. If you tell people they can’t succeed is it surprising that they don’t succeed? But is it true? Is there no way out of poverty?
Thomas Sowell has an article about how race-hustlers are dragging down the American dream. If the American dream is dead, how come poor Asian immigrants continue to move here and succeed?
Often these Asian immigrants arrive not only with very little money, but also very little knowledge of English. They start out working at low-paid jobs but working so many hours, often at more than one job, that they are able to put a little money aside.
After a few years, they have enough money to open some little shop, where they still work long hours, and still save their money so that they can afford to send their children to college. Meanwhile, these children know that their parents not only expect, but demand, that they make good grades.
Some people try to explain why Asians and Asian-Americans succeed so well in education and in the economy by some special characteristics that they have. That may be true, but their success may also be a result of what they do not have; namely, “leaders” who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, or at least not without depending on “leaders.”
For those who argue that Asian immigrants possess some “special characteristic,” are they insinuating that poor Americans do not possess the will to succeed? And, isn’t that racist? We should quit making excuses and figure out what is working. What is working for Asian immigrants? For one, when they get married and have children they stay married.
Single parent families seem to be a common thread among many of America’s problems. Why does the intelligentsia refuse to acknowledge the rising threat of single parent families. It’s contributing to a never-ending cycle of poverty. We have accepted the new normal without even a second thought.
We live in a culture where promiscuity isn’t a big deal. Is it really surprising that in a culture where casual sex is acceptable that divorce is more common? This is a conversation that many people in this nation do not want to have, but in the long run we cannot run from this economic and social calamity.