The victory of meritocracy?

I will leave the political analyses of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address to the more qualified. Yet something struck me when I listened to it:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

  1. Is this the pronouncement of the final victory for meritocracy?? What if we turn the President’s statement around: If prosperity and freedom come from those who are risk-takers, doers, and maker of things, where does poverty and economic or social slavery come from?? Are the poor and out-casts of our society there because they have not worked hard or are lazy??
  2. Do our actions really establish who we are?? Is this the crowning glory of the scientific revolution?? Fact over being, action over ontology??

The above would explain the President’s attitude to the unborn – what have they done for society??

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