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"I've Never Had A Job That I Was Better Than"
Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2013 | Kevin McCullough

Posted on 08/18/2013 6:00:08 PM PDT by Kaslin

For many years I've made a fundamental assertion about the American culture. There is a divide within the U.S.A. that is more divisive than homosexuality, abortion, and just about any left/right debate that can be imagined.

The trouble is it shouldn't be.

The singular difference that separates the two halves of America is repulsive, but it is dressed up as compassion. The issue creates enslavement, but the reality is--it should be liberating. It is manipulated by "civil rights" leaders, though they profit directly from the slavery. It is held in silence in America's pulpits less someone think that in discussing it a pastor comes off as too self righteous.

It is the only thing that separates the income levels people achieve.

And it is the solution to nearly every problem that Washington DC seems to take great delight in making aggressively worse these days.

People will be labeled racist for merely bringing it up, though it has zero to do with the origin, race, nationality, ethnicity, or biology of a person.

In many ways this issue is both a sign of hope, and a sentence of death for the nation that America could become. So what are we to do about it?

The issue is a mindset, a way of viewing the world, when Americans awake in the morning.

It divides us somewhat like this:

On one hand a man swings his legs over the side of his bed, plants his feet on the floor, first thing in the morning and makes a personal vow to himself that his children, wife, and self will not eat unless he does his job. That the true success of their family depends on him, and he knows that he must take personal responsibility for them in order to survive.

On the other hand is a man who swings his legs over the side of his bed, plants his feet on the floor, first thing in the morning and makes a public proclamation that the reason he can't get ahead is because the world is stacked against him, he needs President Obama's help, his Obamaphone, federally provided health care, welfare, food stamps, and more.

Not all humans fit neatly or perfectly as one or the other, but their way of thinking does. One sees himself as humble, responsible, and morally obligated to serve his family for the good things in life to be enjoyed. The other sees those who have more than himself as people who are the problem and should be forced to pay for his suffering, misery, and failure.

Typically progressive leftists prop up many of those types as political pawns to enjoin votes from the disaffected masses.

Which makes the words that Ashton Kutcher said to the Teen Choice Awards so profound.

Kutcher is a celebrated actor, married to Demi Moore--who is considerably his elder, and appears to have maybe the most fun of anyone in all of Hollywood.

When he was honored by the Teen Choice Awards he even rebuffed their courtesy by saying he was the "old guy."

But it was his assertion following that joke that stood out in the viral internet noise this week.

He told the teens that to him "opportunity" in life, looked to him a lot like "hard work."

He told of a series of jobs he had before getting into acting--all of them manual labor, all of them non-ideal, and then he added what may be the most profound thing to be said by a member of Hollywood... ever.

He said, "I've never had a job I'm better than!"

Meaning he found dignity in the opportunity to work a job... any job... every job, and to provide for himself.

The fact that the video has gone viral with thousands of copies racking up millions of views across the web, only serves to reinforce how rare this message is today.

And yet he couldn't be more correct.

There is a dignity that comes from working hard, sometimes in life working even harder than what you believe is endurable, but with it comes the confidence that you will be prepared for a better opportunity (more hard work) when it is presented to you.

If every American adopted this mentality, we could become a debt-free economic machine that could feed every family in our borders and pour philanthropy across the globe.

But while we have administrative handouts, disguised as "programs that help people", we won't gain freedom--but rather extended enslavement.

And that is a sad picture of America's new tomorrow!

A tomorrow--we no doubt believe--we are better than


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: ashtonkutcher; obama; obamacare; racism

1 posted on 08/18/2013 6:00:08 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I disagree on a fundamental point. If I didn't think I was "better" than jobs I've had in the past, I never would have clawed my way forward. The knowledge that I'm worth more than minimum wage is exactly why I'm not stuck making minimum wage. It's what drove me to desire more, to take up the banner of our dear Ayn - that greed is good, that there is virtue behind selfishness. If I was stuck in the thought that I wasn't better than that first job tutoring, I would have never moved on.
2 posted on 08/18/2013 6:08:29 PM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: arderkrag

‘zackly !


3 posted on 08/18/2013 6:14:53 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Kaslin
"The singular difference that separates the two halves of America is repulsive,..."

Yep--the political half being supported by government jobs, pensions, contracts and services, the other half, not.


4 posted on 08/18/2013 6:20:44 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: arderkrag

I learned something from every job I’ve ever had. It doesn’t matter whether I held the job for a week or 18 years.

Kutcher is right. You’re not too good for a job.


5 posted on 08/18/2013 6:24:34 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: arderkrag
The assertion was Ashton Kutcher's and it doesn't seem to have slowed him down much. Perhaps you missed his point. It's not about self worth. It's about valuing the job you have and doing it to the best of you abilities even if while looking for a new job.

6 posted on 08/18/2013 6:28:39 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: arderkrag
While I see your point, I think you are misunderstanding the argument that is being made here, viz., there are far too many people in this country who think that many jobs are somehow beneath them, that they don't need to start at the bottom and work their way up.
7 posted on 08/18/2013 6:33:18 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Kaslin

The dichotomy is decent as far as it goes, but there are a good many people in the world who fit neither description, and depend on the work of others. There is a reason kids don’t have jobs until they reach a certain age. There is a reason some people literally do not have the capacity to get out of bed in the first place. The proper context and foundation for living responsibly is realizing from the get go one is a creature whose very being in time depends every moment solely on the grace of God, the Creator. To the extent any individual swings his feet out of bed (or not) ignores this fact, he does so at his and his neighbor’s peril.


8 posted on 08/18/2013 6:41:16 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Kaslin

The answer for me is never. There is a corollary question which is equally telling. “Have you ever held a job foe which many or most people would look down on you?” A caveat - the job must be non-criminal and morally proper.

I’ve held an assortment of agricultural, service, blue collar and management positions. They paid the bills, even during numerous strikes which idled me though I disagreed with the actions. I even had my own small import business which was the most difficult. During a strike and later when coming back from an industrial injury, I was a janitor. Unpleasant but essential work, why look down on it. Imagine a world without janitors.


9 posted on 08/18/2013 7:04:30 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Kaslin

Kutcher’s best work was in the “70s” JMO

His statement rings wonderfully true though. In tho older days this would have been stated as “if you are too proud to sweep floors to feed yourself or your family, then starve.”

Moving up from an entry job used to be about ambition, drive, and hard work. It seems now that it is an entitlement.

Even with all the YouTube hits, it may be too little too late.

KYPD


10 posted on 08/18/2013 7:09:27 PM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: petro45acp

I am pretty fortunate to have n office that appreciates every job as important. Because every job IS important.

The few new employees we have had that don’t agree have been replaced.

I do have an issue with the younger folks that want to come in and run the company.


11 posted on 08/18/2013 7:19:40 PM PDT by berdie
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To: arderkrag

I think you are way over thinking his response. His response is that any job is better than no job. You take the job you can get, work hard and look to step up to the next opportunity.


12 posted on 08/18/2013 7:27:28 PM PDT by shoedog
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To: shoedog

Good possibility. I over think a lot of things.


13 posted on 08/18/2013 7:31:45 PM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, it was a very good message...

You or others (in the past at least) did not need an education to get ahead but you did need the right attitude. That means that you understood that you were uneducated and maybe not as smart as others nor as educated but you would strive to succeed. If you wanted to exceed in a particular field, there were books...

The result in my case worked out well. No high school diploma, but with some education (mostly just the experience of something new in my life) in the military succeeded very well. It was mostly done by excitement of learning new things via books rather than school learning. That actually paid off many fold later. I’ve always said since that experience that I can do anything if it is available in books. Actually that is the experience of my similar aged folks - Jobs is an excellent example.

The most important thing to my mind, even today is do you want to learn new things. If you do, you will succeed! There is nothing else that will replace that attitude.

Today’s generation - my hopes are becoming a bit less hopeful. Maybe it is just the expected outcome of government today and it is really bad!


14 posted on 08/18/2013 7:52:16 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, it was a very good message...

You or others (in the past at least) did not need an education to get ahead but you did need the right attitude. That means that you understood that you were uneducated and maybe not as smart as others nor as educated but you would strive to succeed. If you wanted to exceed in a particular field, there were books...

The result in my case worked out well. No high school diploma, but with some education (mostly just the experience of something new in my life) in the military succeeded very well. It was mostly done by excitement of learning new things via books rather than school learning. That actually paid off many fold later. I’ve always said since that experience that I can do anything if it is available in books. Actually that is the experience of my similar aged folks - Jobs is an excellent example.

The most important thing to my mind, even today is do you want to learn new things. If you do, you will succeed! There is nothing else that will replace that attitude.

Today’s generation - my hopes are becoming a bit less hopeful. Maybe it is just the expected outcome of government today and it is really bad!


15 posted on 08/18/2013 7:53:18 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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To: arderkrag

Sorry for the double posts, seems to be really slow response with this site right now...


16 posted on 08/18/2013 7:57:22 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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To: arderkrag
If I was stuck in the thought that I wasn't better than that first job tutoring, I would have never moved on.

Upon reflection, you missed the point entirely. Of course you moved on, we all strive to do that, but the author was saying that he was not better than any job he had held. If you are to be believed, you were too good to tutor. That is not what the author said or meant. You take pride in your work, no matter what it is, and I'll just bet that you were a good tutor and took pride in that.

17 posted on 08/18/2013 8:02:14 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: arderkrag

Apples and space shuttles.


18 posted on 08/18/2013 8:05:25 PM PDT by gogeo (I didn't leave the Republcan Party, it left me.)
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To: henkster

“I learned something from every job I’ve ever had.”

Hear, hear. This statement is absolutely true. I learned a great deal about working with people when I was a busboy in a restaurant at 15. It’s a darned shame that the way our society is structured now, regulations and laws, and so on, many “children” - and I do mean, children - don’t actually get their first job until they graduate college. This, of course, makes them almost completely worthless until they are in their late 20’s.


19 posted on 08/18/2013 8:52:14 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

I always get a smile when asked if i would like a store card.

‘Would you like a CVS card?”
“No I like to pay for my stuff.” : )


20 posted on 08/18/2013 9:33:22 PM PDT by shineon (.)
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To: arderkrag

My nephew built up an absolutely fearsome tutoring business while he was going to college, developed a $50K bank account, and darn near got himself into some tax trouble. He didn’t have a lick of free time, but he stuffed his bank account big time.


21 posted on 08/18/2013 9:43:13 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Both parties are trying to elect a new PEOPLE.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

“Kutcher is a celebrated actor, married to Demi Moore—who is considerably his elder, and appears to have maybe the most fun of anyone in all of Hollywood.”

Where has this guy been? Kutcher and Demi Moore are divorced and he has a new girlfriend.


22 posted on 08/18/2013 10:51:55 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: arderkrag

I see that as a different issue. I have never believed I was “too good” to do any kind of work. I have always believed in my ability to do more, to achieve more and have worked at that as well. Life has been good to me, but there is still nothing I think I am too good to do, I usually do it for my self these days and not for others.

When I think of someone that is “too good” to do some jobs, I think of people who did not have to work their way up and at the extreme some people seem to think they are too good to work at all.


23 posted on 08/18/2013 11:24:27 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Kaslin
On one hand a man swings his legs over the side of his bed, plants his feet on the floor, first thing in the morning and makes a personal vow to himself that his children, wife, and self will not eat unless he does his job. That the true success of their family depends on him, and he knows that he must take personal responsibility for them in order to survive.

One group I've had experience with seems to very often fit that description: Most Chinese adults of working age, male or female. And the kids study HARD, too. There are a billion Chinese -- no wonder they are kicking our butts in terms of economic growth. (Ok, granted, that's anecdotal evidence and not the only reason, but it is a big one, I'll wager.)

24 posted on 08/19/2013 2:43:22 AM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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