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Memo to DNC: Handouts are not a road to success

By Phil Van Hoy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Observer assigned me to write anecdotal daily columns about what was seen on the streets during the DNC. Since this is my last column, to the relief of some folks, this summarizes conclusions drawn from experiences of the past week.

The delegates represent an amalgam of various single-issue groups, unions, pro-abortion, feminism, black influence, anti-corporate, homosexuals, pro-Palestinians and others.

As Will Rogers said, “I am not a member of an organized political party – I am a Democrat.” Whatever happened to the content of one’s character, instead of claims to entitlements based on interest-group associations?

Was there a mention this week of greater principles that bind us together as Americans, such as freedom, liberty and personal responsibility?

The class warfare rhetoric is based on false premises. America has never had a monarchy, an inherited aristocracy or a peasantry. We have no “classes.” America is typified by millions of inspiring stories for those with the will to succeed.

Thousands of examples abound right here in Charlotte, including many first-generation immigrants. Individual effort, not the largesse from government, is the key to happiness.

President Barack Obama himself personifies the potential that America provides. He is of mixed race, abandoned by his father, moved among relatives in various locales, and raised mostly by his grandparents. Now he is president.

Today’s young voters need to consider that their futures lie in the freedom made historically possible by limited government, constrained as our founders intended. The failure of the current administration has proved this verity.

If American youth opt for liberal voting patterns, they are only dooming their own futures. Four years ago, a typical pick-up line in a single’s bar was “I have a BMW.” Now it’s “I have a job.”

The liberals continue to claim to speak for everyone in their chosen demographics. In the Wednesday speeches, for example, there were generic references to “Women believe..., “African-Americans are victimized,” and the like.

Ours is a country of citizens with individual values, achievements and convictions. Categorizing people through group speaking is demeaning and is a disservice to every one of us.

Having spent this week in uptown, I have a new appreciation for the police. They are all that physically stands between us and anarchy.

Phil Van Hoy is a Charlotte native who has been active in various Republican positions and campaigns.
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