I come to America, this blessed land, and learned three things very soon; two very good ones and another no so good. The first was that America values me, as a person. The individual matters, he is not supposed to fade away behind a collective label. I come here, I had very good grades and the university decided to offer me a full assistant-ship! They paid my studies while I still hated them. “This is not supposed to be happening. I hate their guts and they still reward me?” What I then learned was the wondrous connection between reward and accomplishment; one that we are quickly losing under the powerful influence of victim mentality and entitlement attitude.

The second was that what you called poverty was really a joke. How can you call poverty a lifestyle that is the envy of the world? According to the 2010 census we learn these things about the “poor”:

● 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36% of all Americans had it.
● 92 percent of poor households have a microwave; two-thirds have at least one DVD player and 70 percent have  a VCR.
● 75 percent have a car or truck; 31 percent have 2-3 cars.
● 80 percent of poor adults and 96 percent of poor children were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford        food.
● Nearly two-thirds (63.7%) have cable or satellite television.
● Half have a personal computer.
● More than half of poor families with children have a video game system such as Xbox or PlayStation.
● Just under half have Internet access.
● A third have a widescreen plasma or LCD TV.
● One in every four has a digital video recorder such as TiVo.

Blessed poverty! Give me more!

Finally, I learned something bad. As I stepped here I learned that written in the law there was already a remedy against my discrimination! I have already been made a victim of America even as I have experienced nothing but blessings! I have been decreed a victim, a “protected specimen” as if I was some kind of endangered species. How degrading!

It is time for all of us to draw the line and say, enough!

 

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