Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 31, 2012

Stumptalk: Life’s not fair, Mr. President

By Jim Sykes
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Do you remember saying “that’s not fair” when you were a child and hearing an adult respond “life’s not fair”? Well, life is still not fair and our president needs to be reminded of that fact. How many times have you heard our president say that he wants to be fair? Maybe he has never learned that life’s not fair and he might do a better job as president if he recognized that life is a series of decisions to determine what is best for the majority of our citizens and stop blaming others for his inability to make decisions. Our president needs to grow up and stop dividing us into special interest groups.

Not everyone can have everything that they want but, the left seems to believe that if something sounds good, then it should be funded by the federal government. The federal government does not have the authority to provide everything that the liberals think we “need.” The president needs to grow up and learn that taxpayers are not constitutionally authorized to furnish everything.The sooner he learns this lesson, the sooner we will become more financially responsible as a nation.

Good people doing the right thing is what has made this country great. Liberals seem to believe that they should provide everything for everyone instead of helping others learn to provide for themselves. Liberals undercut Christianity and goodness and virtue at every opportunity. They think that judging people who exhibit bad behavior is wrong. Bad behavior is not a desirable characteristic for a civil society but you cannot legislate good behavior so we must judge bad behavior for what it is. Being good requires the enforcement of a moral code and drawing a clear line between right and wrong. Not everyone is entitled to a trophy simply for existing. Rewards in life belong to those who improve society, not those who live off the productive efforts of others. A president who says that “you didn’t build that” needs to grow up!

You don’t deserve special privileges because of your race, sex, national origin or other factors. We should expect the best that each person has to offer and not always offer some excuse for those who don’t even try. When we stop expecting something for nothing then we will start earning what we need or desire. If you don’t like your position in life, then work hard to attain the position that you want. Stop blaming others for your lack of desire to improve your life. If you don’t try, you will never succeed! Become the best you can be!

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Stumptalk is published weekly in the Crossville Chronicle. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. To contact Stumptalk, email coordinator Phil Billington at