What is class warfare? Is it when the rich and successful get together and go out to the other side of the tracks with bats and chains and start beating up the less rich and less successful? Is it when the less rich and less successful cross the tracks and chase after the rich and successful to punish them for their success?
I don’t think it’s any of those things. The rich and successful have no hard feelings for the less rich and less successful. Politicians do their best to generate envy in the less rich and less successful toward the rich and successful.
The successful are successful because they work hard at achieving success. The earned it and they deserve it. Their success doesn’t prevent my success. Education, work ethic, and a positive attitude lead toward success. Those are things that our parents should teach us. If we don’t have two parents to teach us, then one of our parents should teach us. If we don’t have two parents then our Foster Parents have to teach us. If we don’t have anyone to teach us then we have to learn it on our own.
Success is the results of work. Could some luck be involved, yes it can, but luck alone won’t provide continued success. Hard work will. Smart people who have NOT enjoyed great success should look at those who have achieved success and learn from them. Discover some of what the successful are doing and do that. It worked for them it can work for you.
Politicians who don’t have anything positive to offer potential voters will point fingers and tell the gullible that you can’t make any more than you do because the rich made it before you could. Their success limits your success.
Let’s pick a number. Say $100 million. Let’s make believe that all the money in the country is $100 million and that’s it no more ever. If that’s the case and you make $50 million and three others make $10 million each that totals $80 million. Only $20 million left for the rest of us. Maybe the rest of us all earn $75,000 each and have a home and a family and live a good normal life. Maybe 100 of us don’t make anything and have to live off the kindness of others. Is all of that a bad thing? Why did that bum make $50 million, if he made less I could make more than I do. The rich guy screwed me.
If the economy worked that way I would agree the rich guy screwed us all, but he did it honestly and he earned more than we did. The little bit of money we make will still make me bitter, but I have no legitimate argument.
The problem is the economy doesn’t work that way. If it did when Congress ran out of money there wouldn’t be more to be spent. When you make $50 million I can still make $50 million. The rich didn’t screw us they are showing us how to be successful.
Only when politicians with nothing better to offer tell us the rich are screwing us do we have class warfare. Jealousy and envy are not what leaders rely on to motivate their followers.
Leaders tell us what we can achieve and then motivate us to take the journey to success. We need to know what we can do and how we can do it. We don’t need to vote because we feel we were cheated by the other guy.
A Leader is positive and will lead us to the solution. They will motivate us toward a goal. Look at history and read what great leaders said and did. Look at Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F Kennedy. Did they blame someone else for the problems we faced? Did they tell us we were doomed because we couldn’t climb that mountain? Did they tell us that we faced a serious situation and we can get to the top together and be successful?
Did they make us feel good about ourselves and our chance at success? Effective leaders motivate and lead, they don’t blame others and tell us how bad we have it.
Leaders show us the way, politicians try to scare us out of success.