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Absurdity of this administration...

Story ID:8190
Written by:Charles Dishno (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Letter
Location:Dillon Montana USA
Year:2012
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This is a copy of a letter to the editor of my local daily newspaper.

The absurdity of this administration…
By Chuck Dishno

7/19/12



President Obama said, "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. ... If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." How can anyone in his or her right mind say that?

If Obama thinks I didn’t build my successful printing business he is sadly mistaken. No one else helped me. I put in 10 to 15 hour days 7 days a week and most of the time I made less per hour that my employees. He indicates that if it were not for the streets I drove on to get to work, were built by some form of government and had I not used them, I could never reach my door to open it.

Don’t tell my grandfather, Silas, who drove a wagon in 1882, with his father and mother to Montana where he homesteaded in the Big Hole Valley and became a very successful cattle rancher that he didn’t do it on his own. Don’t tell my dad who was born in 1884 in The Big Hole that he didn’t strike out on his own and start his own ranch. These were hard working people who gave me the incentive to work hard and to hoist myself by my own bootstraps and “take the calculated risk, to dream and to build – to fail and succeed.” To refuse to barter incentive for a dole or trade my dignity for a handout.” “All this is what it means to be an American.”

Maybe people who have never had the incentive or desire to “think and act for themselves” can go along with this absurdity but to me it is just so much B.S. and I don’t mean Barbra Streisand.

I know there are many of you who believe in Obama’s rhetoric but I know what others and I have done to better ourselves and we did it without help, just good old hard work and the desire to improve.

I could go on and on but I am getting too teed off.



The above quotes were taken from Dean Alfange’s writing “My Creed”. Here it is in its entirety. Enjoy. If you would like a frameable copy let me know. Chuck Dishno 683-5825



“My Creed” by Dean Alfange.

I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon—if I can. I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the still calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.

All this is what it means to be an American.


I really took this to heart and made a copy then memorized it. I carried copies in my wallet for years. To me this said it all….

I was the one who wanted to seek “opportunity – not security” – I knew I would never be a “kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me”. I knew I could and would take the “calculated risk” where I could “dream and build or fail or succeed”. That was up to me and no one else. I would always “prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence and the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia”. I will “never trade my dignity for a handout nor bend to any threat”.

I truly believe that as Mr. Alfange said, “It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done”.

This really is what it means to be and American.