The entrepreneur's ambassador

Armstrong Williams | 6/28/2012, 2:10 p.m.
The Jamaican ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, announced this year that she would...
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What we should be praising instead is the virtue and industry of our pure and virtuous entrepreneurs. No one has ever had real freedom without economic freedom. Any good the government will ever do will at least be financed by private industry. All empowerment comes from the free market--the government can never empower you, they can only stop disempowering you. The solution to all the ills that the left deploys Big Government for will only be solved by private enterprise and daring entrepreneurship.

I'm reminded also that government is a necessary evil, not a good. Marks is getting back to real life. Like Cincinnatus returning to his farm or George Washington returning to Mount Vernon, all our political leaders shouldn't be in politics for a career or a fancy business card, but to make a contribution and get back to real life. It's a paradox that two of our finest and most principled U.S. senators--Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn--will be retiring at the end of their term: We lose them because they are principled. Meanwhile, Harry Reid will continue sucking up a federal paycheck.

I asked Marks what advice she would give to young entrepreneurs. She said that "an entrepreneur follows their vision to implementation, and when they fall down, they get back up."

That message of persistence is one that all children should learn, and learn early. We hear so often in this age of entitlement that people are too proud to take a certain job or too picky to do what they have to do. This is an aristocratic ethic, although most of us do not have the privilege of being aristocrats, but anyone can be an entrepreneur.

That is one of the beauties of the free market--its equality, which comes from its blindness. It is no respecter of persons, no more than the grim reaper is. We can't all be rock stars, we can't all be rappers, but we can all learn the material and spiritual value of hard work. And yet, despite its accessibility to all and despite its importance, a distressingly small number of our young people are learning it.

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