Wilma versus Julia

2012 May 9
by justrand

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?

69 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 May 9 10:42 am
    bc3b permalink

    This story is sinilar to that of the New York Rangers goalie from the late 1960s and 1970s – Ed Giacommon. His legs were so badly burned as a boy that some doctors thought he might never walk again. He became an NHL Hall of Fame Goaltender and the Rangers retired his number

  2. 2012 May 9 10:43 am
    drdog09 permalink

    By the way, Wilma was born a premie. Back in those days the mortality was 50% or more. She fought for something more since the day she was born.

    Today many would be suggesting an abortion once the sonograms came back.

  3. 2012 May 9 10:44 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    In Obamaworld Wilma Rudolph would have become a ward of the state and told to stay home, enjoy government entitlements and stay inactive.

  4. 2012 May 9 11:28 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Could you imagine if you tried to do that? Venues big enough to hold a convention are few. Bookings are scheduled years in advance. It would be fun to watch them try. 😛

  5. 2012 May 9 11:49 am
    judyt2012 permalink

    I could only hope NC would send the DNC a bill for all of the work they have done to date making security preparations, contingency plans, and preparing holding pens for the OWS crowd. Plus of course all of the local hotels and other businesses that have expenditures preparing for the idiot hoard and all of the non-DNC delegates too.

  6. 2012 May 9 11:49 am
    justrand permalink

    bc3b and drdog…yup, Wilma would be encouraged NOT to better herself (if she was allowed to be born to begin with).

    “Julia”, on the other hand, wouldn’t even THINK about trying to succeed on her own…she would WELCOME the Nanny State!

    I’ll take Wilma any day!

  7. 2012 May 9 11:49 am
    justrand permalink

    Eph…and the Dems are insulting North Carolina by even thinking about it!!

  8. 2012 May 9 11:53 am
    judyt2012 permalink

    JR — great story– except the liberal take on it would be that the pre-1964 US was discriminating against Wilma by not provider her with a social worker to teach her dependence and permanent helplessness.

  9. 2012 May 9 11:56 am

  10. 2012 May 9 11:57 am

    “Eph…and the Dems are insulting North Carolina by even thinking about it!!”

    Exactly. Let’s hope the insults continue…

  11. 2012 May 9 12:02 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    lol…now Obama says he supports gay marriage. I guess that might be the only way to get Reggie to return to his side. No more down low for him.

  12. 2012 May 9 12:09 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    Good grief…. Obama is going to spend an hour explaining to us rubes the evolution of his opinion on gay marriage.

    Why was matrimony ordained?


    about the 1:25 mark for those who cannot suffer through even 60 seconds of a chick flick.

    And I’ll marry again when Colin Firth asks….

  13. 2012 May 9 12:13 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    I suspect this issue regarding same sex marriage is so that Obama can peel off those RINOs and indies away from the GOP vote who think gays should marry.

  14. 2012 May 9 12:16 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    What do you folks think?

    Do you think this was a faux pas by Biden that the White House needed to correct, or is all of this a set up to bring up the conversation?

    Or is this just another distraction from Obama’s wretched performance on the economy?

  15. 2012 May 9 12:20 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The question I sometimes wonder about is — why don’t the churches rise up and just take the power of the State away from marriage? Yes the State had an interest in preventing bigamy. At the time States were about the only means to have standing whether bigamy occurred or not because they have the databases at their disposal. After the fact of course. I have yet to hear a case of bigamy being detected beforehand.

    But now? You could probably maintain a national marriage database on a $100k computer system. Churches could run it through user fees. All online. All open for review. (Hows that for transparency?) Do it cheaper and better. Then tell the States to get the hell out of the way; we marry who we want in the eyes of God.

  16. 2012 May 9 12:23 pm

    is this our jan??

    from HHR

    To be clear I personal favor gay marriage. I don’t really care if it doesn’t involve me and children.

    The media talks about the extremism of the Republicans this is about the extremism of the Democrats who are push him to do this.

    Comment by jan — May 9, 2012

  17. 2012 May 9 12:28 pm

    Bidens outburst was an obvious stalking horse announcement setting up a softball for obammer.It is still up to the states regardless of what numbnuts prefers.

  18. 2012 May 9 12:33 pm
    judyt2012 permalink


    When and if arrests are made does anyone want to guess whether or not the offenders would look like Obama’s hypothetical son?

  19. 2012 May 9 12:36 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The Woodstock, Ga.-based Tea Party Patriots reported raising $12.2 million for the year ended May 31, 2011. That vaults them into the ranks of some of the most successful conservative activist groups, including FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform.

    Nonprofit organizations’ annual tax returns are lagging indicators, of course, and the political-fundraising landscape has been evolving rapidly. But the Tea Party Patriots’ success underscores the continuing – perhaps even growing – power of the tea party.


    Think about that a moment. That is on par with most of the major SuperPacs. The Teas can essentially pick their fights and go into any media market and orchestrate the demise of any Pol that gains their attention.

  20. 2012 May 9 12:39 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Speaking as a redneck, clod-busting, tobaccy-loving, hayseed North Carolinian still clinging to his guns and Bible, I would be pleased to see the democrats move on to another venue.

    It is not because I am inhospitable although nobody wants the riff-raff and societal dregs that will accompany the convention. We can put up with that, tolerating some and billy-sticking others. No problem.

    But I would ask you…..Would you want national attention on Governor Beverly Perdue if she were your state’s highest elected official? Our reputation as a state of scalawags and ner-do-wells is on the line here.

    Move on, Moveon.

  21. 2012 May 9 12:43 pm
    judyt2012 permalink


    Are some guys crazy or extreme thrill junkies?

  22. 2012 May 9 12:46 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

  23. 2012 May 9 12:49 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Would I rather marry Olesia Stefanko or Shep Smith? Betcha they both have plenty of spike heel shoes in their closets. Decisions … decisions … decisions. LOL!

    Just remember, even though he is dividing Americans in every way possible, Barack Obama isn’t divissive, but Sarah Palin, Richard Mourdock, Billy Graham, Cardinal Dolan and Tim Tebow sure are.

  24. 2012 May 9 12:51 pm
    justrand permalink

    Obama made a BIG point of supporting marriage in 2008…to appear mainstream. This year the concept of “mainstream” is out for him anyway. He NEEDS each of the Victim-Classes he is pandering to.

    Civil Unions provide every right that Gay marriage does…without the name. But Gay marriage isn’t the goal of the LGBTXYZ Lobby…the END OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE is the goal. A few years back a leading voice for Gay Marriage here in the Bay Area was asked specifically about 3 and 4 way “marriages”…since many Gay couples were looking at group marriages as a way to have children without surrogates. This guy REFUSED to defend marriage as even just between ONE human and ONE human.

  25. 2012 May 9 12:51 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Obama made a BIG point of supporting marriage in 2008…to appear mainstream. This year the concept of “mainstream” is out for him anyway. He NEEDS each of the Victim-Classes he is pandering to.

    Very true. Obama is hoping to cobble together 90%+ of enough minorities (blacks, OWSers, Hispanics, Gays, wacko-environmentalists, etc.) to get re-elected.

  26. 2012 May 9 12:59 pm

    The hispanics aren’t too fond of the rump riders come to think of it. The catholic church will also have another issue to wade in on.

  27. 2012 May 9 1:03 pm
    JustMary permalink

    On topic- this is who inspires me. I wonder how he and his parents would view Julia. Because it is in CHRIST alone, not Obama alone where our strength is found.

    If you have never seen him in person, and you hear he is coming to a church in your area, I highly encourage you to go.

  28. 2012 May 9 1:07 pm

    ~~~ ODE TO OBAMMER ~~~~~

    Prancing with wolves he be da man,
    With jerimiah’s johnson in his hand,
    Up brokeback mountain he do ride,
    This Rump ranger of the purple divide,
    Isn’t he such a precious little lamb.

  29. 2012 May 9 1:17 pm

    17 That would be our former KOS turd

  30. 2012 May 9 1:25 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “is this our jan??”

    You betcha!!!

  31. 2012 May 9 1:27 pm
    mulletover permalink

    #28 Thank you.

  32. 2012 May 9 1:28 pm

    Sad. 😥

  33. 2012 May 9 1:50 pm

    17 & 32 – Months ago (the last time I was reading comments at HHR) “our” Jan was using ” Janz” not “Jan”.

  34. 2012 May 9 1:53 pm

    So barry is coming out in favor of gay marriage, lol. Seems a desperate election year move to me, but at least he’s finally coming out of the closet.

  35. 2012 May 9 2:03 pm

    25 -re: civil union in CO ->

    “Those in the gallery upset at the bill’s death continued to voice their displeasure. Everyone was kicked out of the gallery after someone yelled, “I hope you (expletive) die!”

    Read more: Civil unions bill killed along with 30 other bills in late-night game of political chicken – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20578893/colorado-civil-unions-bill-passes-last-committee-supporters?source=rss_igoogle#ixzz1uPOZsd6m

  36. 2012 May 9 2:10 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    KH is right, janzam posts as janz at hhr.

  37. 2012 May 9 2:11 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    Will someone ask jughead if he plans a divorce and a marriage himself with whoever is the current Larry Sinclair?

  38. 2012 May 9 2:20 pm

    If Romney can’t beat Hussein now, then we will never win the WH for a long time

  39. 2012 May 9 2:41 pm

    Obammer coming out of the closet will have little impact on his diehard
    supporters. It will garner him more contributions from our rump rider friends,but will be unlikely to swing any votes. He may peel off a few more latinos when/if the catholic church goes after him on the issue.

    Those on the take will remain so.

  40. 2012 May 9 2:42 pm

    It will still be the economy stupid.

  41. 2012 May 9 2:47 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Will someone ask jughead if he plans a divorce and a marriage himself with whoever is the current Larry Sinclair? — bruce

    Maybe. But I figure they will try for polygamy next that was there is no divorce.

  42. 2012 May 9 2:49 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    If Romney can’t beat Hussein now, then we will never win the WH for a long time ever again

    Fixed it.

  43. 2012 May 9 3:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Even 20 years ago, did you ever imagine a time where the abnormal would be considered normal, the immoral to be moral, etc.?

    The Catholic Church has had its problems (sexual abuse scandals, etc.) but along with the more conservative Protestant and Jewish sects, it is so much better than the Episcopal Church, Methodists, ELCA, Unitarians, etc.

  44. 2012 May 9 3:08 pm

    Romans 1:26 – 27
    Gods Wrath on Unrighteousness
    26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

  45. 2012 May 9 3:53 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    It will still be the economy stupid. — IP

    Yep. And it looks like Economy is headed for the mat again. The ole double dipper. It will be really ironic. Romney can come in at the beginning of the cycle and blame it all on his predecessor! Then summarily get the economy going again by cutting regulations.

    I wonder how Bammy is going to take it with him playing the part of ‘Bush’?

  46. 2012 May 9 3:53 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    The gay marriage issue may not move a lot of voters like ip said.

    But, it does help Romney with the tea party/conservative voters that had issues with him. Puts more enthusiasm and finanacial support from the far right of the GOP which he needs to really get involved.

  47. 2012 May 9 4:04 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Our favorite European launches another one —

  48. 2012 May 9 4:21 pm
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    I will second KH’s post. Your Jan is Janz at HHR, the other Jan is a recent addition to HHR, perhaps has been posting for maybe 1 year. Janz is mor conservative than Jan. Some think Jan is a troll. Who really knows ? One mn’s troll is another man’s sincere poster ( in many cases ) then of course there are some obvious trolls, at least to a majority of posters.

  49. 2012 May 9 4:24 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    Thanks drdog for the video in post #50. Not sure how people feel but I think most of you know that I agree with him almost 100%. I’m betting most of you don’t need me to go on another rampage about europe here.

  50. 2012 May 9 4:33 pm

    Proposed new Charlotte stadium with retractable roof.

    Just in time for the Democratic National Convention and Obama’s speech


  51. 2012 May 9 4:40 pm
    MI Conservative permalink


    Will Biden be the tidy bowl man?

  52. 2012 May 9 4:54 pm

  53. 2012 May 9 5:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ha Ha! My gosh that is one heck of a photoshop. Well people have been saying that there won’t be any Greek columns this time around. But so far nobody has shot down the idea of a toilet bowl hanger tho….

  54. 2012 May 9 5:17 pm
    justrand permalink

    great photo of the Obama Memorial Venue…just one thing missing: THE HANDLE, so we can flush that turd!!!

  55. 2012 May 9 5:21 pm

    “Even 20 years ago, did you ever imagine a time where the abnormal would be considered normal, the immoral to be moral, etc.?”

    Yes, I imagined it could happen.

  56. 2012 May 9 5:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Mao is now in the room — http://ca.news.yahoo.com/3-big-chinese-banks-enter-us-banking-market-185200086.html — First they came for the bridges and I did nothing. Then they came for the banks ….

  57. 2012 May 9 5:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I believe the handle is attached in November….

  58. 2012 May 9 5:37 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    I gotta ask ya all. Do you have a spare $15k in change laying around??? Better as it looks like it might be what it costs you to be on one of the State Exchanges in 2014. — http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2012/05/09/the_obama_health_plan_will_squeeze_the_middle_class_99660.html

    The revolution begins in 5-4-3 ….

  59. 2012 May 9 5:40 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    JM – #28 – beautiful.

    I have always said that in Romans 8:28 that God said “ALL” things. Not some, not most BUT ALL things. Do I know or understand – NO. As God told Job, “my ways are not your ways, my thinking is not your thinking”. I just accept that in God’s time and ways all things will work for the good of those who love the Lord.

  60. 2012 May 9 5:46 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – the revolution will be very short.



    Can not say I did not warn you about the language.

  61. 2012 May 9 6:15 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Hope its that easy, but I don’t think it will be.

  62. 2012 May 9 6:44 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #62 Hubby and I are in the book of Job right now. Fitting, since we have been under pretty severe spiritual attack lately. 🙁

    #33 I love Nick- we saw him at a local church a couple years ago and I am telling you….you want to see an alter call like no other????? Go see him!!!!! What a blessing he is on so many lives.

    I have an extra video of his if anyone would like it. Can’t watch it without a tissue though! It’ll make you cry.

  63. 2012 May 9 6:51 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Happy Mother’s Day 😀

  64. 2012 May 9 7:22 pm
    bc3b permalink

    From what I heve been reading Shep Smith was estatic when reporting about Obama backing same sex marriage and said the GOP is “on the wrong side of history.”

  65. 2012 May 9 7:26 pm

    A faggot like him would know.

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