In any society, there are those who go the extra mile to make something more of themselves, usually by taking a risk and starting a company or going above and beyond in their jobs to work their way to the top. No one out there wants to limit their accomplishments.
But when greed takes over and more and more wealth gets funneled into a smaller and smaller portion of the population, that is a form of oppression. It's decades in the making. Workers' rights are slowly chiseled away through business-friendly legislation. Flawed and toxic ideas like trickle down and individualism start to become mainstream. Greed takes hold and we walk by the homeless with condescending thoughts of how they must have been lazy and wasted their life.
Little, if any, thought is given to what advantages we had compared to the disadvantages they had. One might say. "Pull yourselves up by your boot straps," but what if you have done that so many times that they are completely worn out? This is why I'm a liberal American. It's love of your fellow man and wanting everyone to succeed as you have. It's selflessness compared to selfishness.
RYLAN GRIMES, Kennewick