We are NOT created equal. There are smart people, there are people that are not very smart, there are ambitious people and there are lazy people, there are leaders and there are followers. It has always been this way and it always will be this way. That is why socialism cannot work. If all people were drones with no hopes or desires, socialism might stand a chance. Fortunately for us, we are not all drones. We are individuals with different genetics and different upbringings, different morals and different views on the world.
If I am ambitious and have a vision of the future that includes me being successful, I am willing to do without things in order to achieve those goals, to spend all the time necessary, to make the financial sacrifices. I am willing to fail repeatedly until I get it right, despite all the bumps and bruises and humiliation along the way. When I finally succeed, I have righteously earned what I have at the end of the day. I can thank God for all the failures because they contributed to my learning and my eventual success.
If I am satisfied to work as little as possible and go home and sit on the couch and watch television and eat Ho Hos and get fat, then go to bed so I can do the same thing tomorrow, then I have the right to do that too but I do not expect much from life.
If I am a product of government dependence, I will work the system that is set out in front of me and think nothing less of myself. I will fill out the forms, tell the necessary lies and have the necessary children to fully work the system so that I can get just enough to scrape by at the poverty level my entire life. I will even teach my children how to do the same.
The lazy and the dependent will never lead. They will never achieve. They must become ambitious if they are to do so. Fortunately, ambition is not genetic. Anyone can be ambitious. Ambitious people always do better than those who are not. Ambitious people are annoyed by unambitious people that say to them that they are owed something by the ambitious. This annoyance is what prevents socialism from ever becoming an acceptable form of government to those ambitious people in a land that allows ambition to translate into success.
We are not created equal but we certainly all have the ability to be equal. When I speak to you face to face, I do not see a black man or a hispanic woman or an asian child. I see and interact with another person, a person who is ambitious, or dependent on the system, or lazy. I will help any of you in any way I can. I will befriend any of you that need a friend. I will motivate you to ambition if you ask and want it. I will introduce you to God, whether you ask or not. My ambition is for you to be ambitious. Are you satisfied with the life you lead?