Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Americans are lazy....

This and that you are racist are the 2 main reasons the BO Administration is going to be taking up immigration.

I had a nice childhood. That might be an understatement. I had a great childhood. It was absolutely Leave it to Beaver if the Beav got to learn how to play tennis at the neighborhood club. It was wonderful. I have a great family....

All that to say, there was NEVER a time that I can remember when these words didnt come out of my dad's mouth - "I would dig ditches to feed you." This told me 2 things.

1 - That he loved me more than I could understand.

2 - That there was nothing beneath him and by default, beneath me.

When I met my husband, he was working several jobs and going to school full time. Totally supporting himself. He had some of the same qualities my dad had - mostly an excellent work ethic. These words were almost never spoken in my house "excellent work ethic" - but instead, my dad would say to find someone that "worked hard." He didnt advise me to find a doctor, or someone that would support me well or anything like that, but just someone that "worked hard."

He understood how just those 2 words could transform a young man into a man who could take care of his daughter. How those 2 words could play out for any boss or company. How those 2 words are promoted and given shots at success that most other 2 word pairs just dont see....

Several years ago, when my husband left the job he had always known and struck out on his own - I knew he could do it.... But that didnt mean I didnt plan things out in my head - if something went south, what would I do... My first job I was going to go for was at Target. I figured I could clothe my kids and feed them.... No job beneath me....

This was a long way to the point that I dont think there are jobs that Americans just wont do. If anyone heard the Beck radio show today, he went on a tirade that he couldnt find a kid to mow his lawn. I think living in CT and working in NYC has jaded his perspective. I have to turn away boys hustling lawns every summer. They go door to door - print up colorful fliers - print and cut out business cards. Each one trying hard to get the next yard to mow. I have even had boys push their lawn mowers all over the neighborhood - just knocking on doors and willing to knock it out right then and there....

We arent lazy. Well, some are, but I bet that goes away when they are hungry.... What Americans have forgotten or what has not been taught is the reason so many people came to this Country - the chance - THE CHANCE - of a better life.... They packed up everything they owned - some leaving family knowing they would never be able to go back to see them and they left.... They left not really knowing much except what they had heard - hearsay - and these people gave up everything. They came here with nothing and did anything they could to make a living. Taking job after job - working hard - and worked their way up. It may not have been them personally, but their sacrifices made it possible for their children to move up and even their grandchildren had it better.... Because they worked hard.

This is our heritage. We arent lazy. At the most, some are out of practice....

Mr. Beck - I think you need to get out of the North - out of states that are owned entirely by Unions - visit a Right to Work state - heck, Beck, visit the South. We are strong stock down here and we know how to work.

11 comments:

small farm girl said...

I think it depends on where you are talking about. Here in the tri-state area of southeastern Ohio,West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky, people ARE lazy. The work ethic is not here. You talk about that if they were hungry they would work? Well, they will never get hungry because most of them are on food stamps, welfare, or ssi. They don't HAVE to work. So, they don't want to.They can sell drugs on the side to make a little extra to just get along. Sad,sad situation.

Amy in Edmond said...

It drives me crazy when people say they can't find a job. I've seen lots of signs for fast food help. Work your way up there, then maybe something better will come along. The perfect job doesn't exist right now in this economy. What makes us better than a guy who washed feet.

vivian said...

Maybe because I have spent WAY too much time in airports this week but I was sitting in each one wondering how many thousands of employees each airport has. I would go there.......after I asked nicely at Target and Starbucks. :)
Jane

Catherine said...

Frequently, people will say they "can't find a job" when what they really mean is they "can't find a job that will pay them enough to support their HDTV/2 car/McMansion/Starbucks lifestyle, and give them full benefits and weekends off."

I'd say it's not so much that Americans are lazy, but that they are spoiled rotten. They disdained our inalienable rights as set forth in the Declaration of Independence (Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness/Property). Instead, they started declaring that Housing is a right. Health care is a right. Social Security is a right. Free Schooling is a right. And apparently, immigrating illegally to the USA is a right, despite our laws to the contrary.

Mrs. Dewey Smith said...

I totally agree. There is a distinct difference between "work ethic" here in the South and the lack of a strong one back North. (We lived a lifetime in Illinois and are now in Mississippi). This is a Right to Work state and when they choose to work, the folks around here can kick serious backside. In our area, most folks are still living a backwoods, southern mountain, Depression lifestyle. They work at regular jobs, then spend their other time working large gardens and truck patches, collect scrap, have weekly yard sales...they are never idle, never take on Charity and always live what they consider THE good life.
Back north, when unemployment came knocking, a lot of folks took that to mean vacation time and let the State pay for my family for a while. Somehow for far too many people that mentality stuck.
I don't think folks are 'lazy' by nature, and I certainly don't believe they can't find jobs to bring in some income. They just still believe they are entitled to be happy at a job and in this economy, with so many other fish in the work pond, happy really needs to be a state of mind for you daily and not something tangible. Scrubbing toilets an a school after hours can be happy -- it feeds your family. Probably won't keep the satellite turned on, or pay for the fast food weekly or all the activities you feel you deserve, but bottom line is if you have a roof over your head and food on your table, you are still far more privileged than most the world.

Deanna

Mayberry said...

People are lazy here, and they're slobs. Always looking for a free lunch. Now out in the surrounding countryside it's a whole other story....

dusty takle said...

GREAT post, friend.

Anonymous said...

Not only lazy, Amerikans are cowards.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Oh Anonymous calling someone a coward....grow up.....

Green Marketing said...

They do this in Britain too,
I don't know why the leave their own countries, come to other countries then call them rotten.

Premium Health Insurance said...

good question, if these people were such hard workers as they claim. there is no way their countries would be in such a mess. these people do not know how to stick together and would rather cowardly run. I always thought it was a bit hypocritical that they want to fight for their rights here, but abandon their native land.