Life, he said, is increasingly more difficult for those who aren’t born with built-in advantages, throwing cold water in the face of those who espouse a strict up-by-the-bootstraps doctrine of individual responsibility and who ascribe failure only to personal failure.
“…we can only point to the increasingly rare individual who overcomes adversity and succeeds in America. Here’s reality: if you’re fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, much of the rest of the nation is drowning.
“In our country today, if you’re born poor, if your parents didn’t go to college, if you don’t know your father, if English isn’t spoken at home, then the odds are stacked against you. You are more likely to stay poor today than at any other time since World War II.”
It’s probably not who you might guess. It’s abridged from an article about the content of Jeb Bush’s speech to his fellow Republicans. He was imploring them to change their message and embrace more people by breaking the widely held perception that the Republican party is the “anti” everything party.
Jeb’s right. But he needs a lot of luck. I hope he really believes what he’s saying and isn’t just trying to get attention and better positioning for the next election.