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Opinion: America offers opportunity to all
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President Obama said “you didn’t build that” in reference to people’s businesses. The U.S. provides the infrastructure and freedom that allows people to “build that.”  

Still, 80% of small businesses go out of business in the first five years.  The opportunity is there but anyone who succeeds does “build that.”  

Oprah was born about 80 miles from where I grew up in Mississippi. We did not have an indoor toilet, A/C or even insulation in our house until I was 12. The heat was turned off at night because of the cost.   

Oprah had it worse. She is now a multi-billionaire. Yet, she criticizes me for my white privilege.  

Our country offered both of us the opportunity to be billionaires. Oprah had the privilege of being smart enough to make it happen. I am proud for her. I am glad we live in a country in which that is possible.  

Malcolm X said the white liberal is the worst enemy to America and the worst enemy to the black man.  The DNC is mostly run by white liberals. Malcolm X might be right.  

I was a Democrat for years. I walked away. I want our country to continue to have opportunity for all,  just as it did for Oprah. 

Mike McConnell 

Gainesville

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