We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Slightly off topic but "The National Museum of African American History & Culture wants to make you aware of certain signs of whiteness: Individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, more. " If I were a POC, I'd be outraged and other times I wonder if maybe it is genetic and we are Aesop's ants. My forebears were from the great white north for thousands of years where Darwin's remorseless imperatives intervened if you failed to conserve, plan and perservere.
Yeah, when you consider both George Bushes got into Yale on legacy preference, it loses some impact, but then consider that the problem is larger than just politicians.
The conclusion actually holds better, though, if you demanded that the institutions grant preference not to those whose parents attended the school, but to those whose parents had never attended college. That might actually help to reduce the class immobility that leftists claim to oppose.
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He should have included himself as an example also. I'm sure his father's postions in life had a lot to do with his getting into Trinity College and a start in journalism. And his father's marrying into a family fortune didn't hurt either.
The piont of this piece should have been that there's nothing wrong with using your influence to help your family. That it happens all the time to some degree or another. Even on a much smaller scale with people who have much more ordinary lives.