Probably most of us remember the story of the little train engine confronting the steep hill he had to climb. He said, "I think I can; I think I can," and, summoning up courage and determination, he climbed the hill.
Probably all of us know people who have said, "I think I can; I think I can," and they have gone on to accomplish many things, sometimes things we consider wonders. Conversely, we have known people who, every time they have been faced with something which requires a lot of study and hard work, have said, "I think I can't; I think I can't," and they have gone on to avoid accomplishing anything worthwhile with their lives. Many of these people have been gifted with as much physical and mental ability as those who have succeeded, but have chosen to do nothing with the potential their maker gave them.
To see lives wasted because individuals did not have the courage and confidence to make something of themselves is one of the saddest things in life. We see them all around us, and their lives are inferior to what they would have been if there had been the determination to make the best of who they are.
One of the places where we need to address this is in the political arena, and we don't do this. There is a stark difference between Democrats and Republicans in this area. The Republican communication to people is, "You can make your way successfully in the world if you learn to say, 'I think I can; I think I can.' You can do wonders if you believe in yourself and do the things necessary to build a good life. Once you learn to have confidence in yourself and no one else, you will be on your way to success, building the life that is right for you."
On the other hand, Democrats want and encourage people to say, "I think I can't; I think I can't," and millions of people have been eager to tell themselves just that. This is a devastating thing for people to learn. The result is failure to do much of anything with their lives.
A part of the message from Democrats is, "If you don't take care of yourselves, the government will do it for you with welfare and other programs which free you from having to muster up courage and effort to be a success in life. Just vote for us, and we will send you a monthly check." They have been able to stack the wagons full of people who have given up their responsibility as human beings to care for themselves.
Leading people to believe they are incapable of caring for themselves is one of the most damaging things that can be done to them. If they begin to believe, "I can't; I can't, and someone else must care for me," they have lost the chance to build the kind of lives only their talents and effort can build. The government can never give people enough for them to build the rich kind of life they desire. Rather than helping mentally and physically capable people, this is hurting because it is leading them to have inferior lives.
If you believe you can't care of yourself and need the government to do it for you, you will want to vote Democrat. If you believe you don't need the government check and can take care of yourself, making the best life possible that can be made for you, you will want to vote Republican. It will make all the difference in the world for you.Roger Bolton lives in Conyers.