If you´ve been paying attention to politics lately, you´ve definitely heard the phrase "pull oneself up by one´s bootstraps." The term is most often used to refer to the belief that any citizen in the United States, regardless of social or economic status, can get ahead in life on their own merit, without seeking help from others or the federal government. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who also happens to be the first Latina justice to serve on the highest court in the land, recently shared her own thoughts about the contentious talking point for many fiscal conservatives during
Comments: At least Yahoo puts her comments in their ´Style´ category. A legal scholar she is not.
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Mike PHX, 7/12/2017 1:06:31 AM (No. 11316113)
Unfortunately. The champion of not working your way up by your own hard work and accomplishments and relying on affirmative action to put you a step ahead of the finish line... Is the zero accomplished, D student, pot-smokin, scared of confrontation, worst president we ever had. Your benefactor, also known as, M´Lady Obama. Yah, those bootstraps suck when you´re dumb and untalented.
Almost every time I hear an angry minority member talk about this country, the idea will usually pop up about how this country did not do one damn thing to help them. Well, I´m sorry....you´re promised life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....not the guarantee of it. I don´t recall the Declaration of Independence talking about getting free stuff or your ´fair share´. You can go to Canada if that´s what you´re looking for.
Sotomayor seems to be saying that she was entitled not only to a education, but an education at the "best"schools, Princeton and Yale, even though she had NOT proven herself qualified to be there.
The reality is that many people placed in schools they were not qualified to attend end up flunking our and being frustrated and not getting a college education at all.
Further, if potential students are not qualified, then anyone would be able to attend and there is not room for everybody to attend. It also blocks those who ARE qualified from attending.
The old fashioned idea was that each generation better PREPARED itself for more challenging roles in society. First, all graduated High School. The next generation went to trade school or college. The next went to better colleges or got advanced degrees. Each generation prepared itself better and PROVED it was ready for the next level.
Sotomayor won the education lottery and thinks that she earned it. She lacks basic understanding of law and substitutes her opinions in it´s place and we are all the poorer for it. That lack of understanding is due to her being given a hand up and skipping over the preparation she needed to earn her position.
"Those people who believe that everyone must pull themselves up - they don´t believe that people are entitled to help."
She´s falsely defining the conservative view to begin with. No conservative believes that people are not entitled to help. What we believe is that we make our own way and own our own actions. Everybody needs help now and again, but you have to reach out to get that assistance.
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