Wilma versus Julia
There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal today titled: “America and the Value of ‘Earned Success’“ [here’s the link ]
The author talks about living in Spain for a while, and provides an amazing quote inside the article:
“what set the United States apart from Spain was the difference between earned success and learned helplessness.”
In other words, “Wilma versus Julia”.
The Obama campaign’s imaginary poster woman is “Julia”, portrayed in the contrived “Life of Julia” as the beneficiary of our government’s loving embrace throughout her life…but ONLY if Obama is reelected. Else, under Romney, she would live a desperate life…bitter, alone, and one step from disaster throughout her life. Julia “succeeds” because at every step there is a “safety net”, a “helping hand”, a GUARANTEE of sustenance and support. She lives a Risk-Free life under Obama. Julia, we are told, could ONLY survive, let alone “succeed”, because she never had to worry.
And then there was Wilma Rudolph. Wilma was born with more childhood maladies than most of us have ever heard of. Infantile paralysis left her unable to walk, and when was finally able to walk she could only do so with the aid of a brace on her twisted left leg and foot. By the time every other conceivable illness (whooping cough, scarlet fever, etc) had finished with her she was very lucky just to be alive.
Wilma’s family offered to do everything for her. By their and her admission they offered to carry her from room to room. When she tried to walk they insisted on standing behind her, preventing her from falling. Wilma refused. She insisted on being allowed to fall and fail. She forced herself to overcome the terrible hand she had been dealt, through great pain and struggle…and became one of America’s finest athletes ever. In 1960, at the age 20, Wilma represented the United States at the Rome Olympics, and won three gold medals…as a sprinter. Winning the 100 meter dash earned this former cripple the title of “World’s Fastest Woman”.
“Earned success”, Wilma Rudolph…versus… “learned helplessness”, Julia. Who do you want representing America?