Wendy Davis, the Texas democratic candidate for governor is a good liberal. She knows that being a victim is a political gold mine, so she whips up a skid-row story that only sounds like a skid row story to privileged elite liberals. The rest of America is left scratching our heads trying to figure out what her hardship was.
I personally know the America that values real grit and determination and the character traits adversity and resilience produces. Unlike Ms. Davis or her liberal elite political advisors, I overcame the deepest odds, the ones she wishes she could honestly use for political gain. As the daughter of an immigrant, born to a 17 year old mother who used drugs, abused her children and the welfare system, ran in gangs and prostituted, I was forced to drop out of high school at 15 so that I could go to work and support myself. And I worked. Hard. Long hours. Unpleasant jobs. Anything that would help me pay for college and move up the rungs. I achieved success. You see, working hard to achieve in spite of real adversity is what Americans of substance are made of—my story is not unique. Hard work, adversity, stumbling blocks are not something bad or something to avoid. But, they are if you’re on the liberal left. They become inequalities and something for the government to rectify. I recall that at no time in my ascent out of poverty did I rely on a victimhood status. No, I relied on my accomplishments because I wasn’t a victim. I was a success story. This is what America is. Successes, not failures. Resilience, not defeatist. Achievers not victims.
Ms. Davis’ hijacking of adversity is offensive. Rather than quietly just accomplishing, she took adversity, made it a bad word, victimized it and then asked voters to reward her faux victimhood with a Governorship. It reminds me of the old Dr. Pepper commercial, “I’m a victim, she’s a victim, he’s a victim, wouldn’t you like to be a victim too”?