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October 7, 2012

Eva Longoria has drunk the Kool-Aid

Filed under: Biography — Mike Kueber @ 1:20 am

Although I didn’t get to watch it, I heard that Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria gave a speech at the Democratic convention.  Apparently, she is continuing to work in support of Obama’s campaign, and in today’s San Antonio Express-News she discussed her work:

  • Well, I’m living proof of the American dream. I came from a middle-class family and I was able to get a great education. I have great parents and great support and worked my way up. I didn’t do it alone. I had a lot of help from my family, my community and my government. My speech at the DNC was really focused on moving this country forward. We need a president who is going to understand that journey and who understands that journey for the Latino community. And that journey is my journey — not to say that you’re gonna become a famous actor. I’m talking about being successful and to make sure that those bridges are built toward education, toward success, toward the American dream — that we are able to have access to those things.”

It’s hard to imagine a more powerful endorsement of President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” movement.  But saying it doesn’t make it true.  Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a career success that has been achieved by dint of individual effort than Eva’s.  Although her government educated her, her education did not set her apart.  Although she has a college degree in kinesiology and has taken graduate work in Chicano studies, her success is due to her God-given talent and personal drive and ambition.. 

No false modesty, please, Eva.




  1. Mike,
    It has always been clear to me that what Obama said, in the true context, was that we do not achieve success alone. If we achieve success, it is because a parent read to us as children; it is because parents and teachers encouraged us to leave small towns and try to achieve more than our parents; it is because the United States has a form of government that permits success by individuals. That can change. If the tax system becomes so one-sided that the middle class is decimated in favor of the wealthy, then people won’t be able to achieve success. It seems to me that Republicans want to believe that any success they achieve is because of their individual efforts while any failure is attributable to governmental interference.

    Comment by Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez — October 7, 2012 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

    • Robert, I agree that we parents are responsible for some of the success and failures of our kids. But I think it is better for those kids to feel mostly responsible for their own successes and failures, instead of attributing it to their parents, community, or government. It may be accurate that Republicans want to claim responsibility for their success, I don’t see them blaming government for their failures.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — October 7, 2012 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

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