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US Fears Shortages of Gumption

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dadIf the recent Subprime crisis has taught me anything it is that the American people are suffering near record lows in gumption.  Following Katherine Kersten’s moving stories of her family which I quoted (  I thought I’d discuss my equally deserving father.

John Peele was not born to money.  His parents were upper middle class at best.  Born in 1934 John was part of what they call the greatest generation.  Though he was too young for World War II and Korea and too old for Vietnam, John remained always a patriot and a member of several public minded organizations.  When Martin Luther King marched in Chicago, it was my dad and his friends who helped make sure that the our neighborhood remained calm and safe by starting a citizen’s patrol.

My dad didn’t start off with a great job.  He worked as a locksmith.  He would go to houses that were foreclosed on and change the locks when the owners were away.  Still my dad knew there must be some way to help those people even as he was changing their locks.  He started helping people out by finding businesses that were about to go into foreclosure and buying them from the families that lived there.  By doing this the banks got their money, the families didn’t lose everything and my dad made a tidy profit.

Because helping people is good business, my dad made a lot of money in a short time.  He openned up a self-storage business for those people who needed a place to store their stuff when they lost their homes and the business took off.  He made quite a bit of money, but he was always a man of conviction.

When my sister broke his heart by marrying a papist he let her know that she wouldn’t see a dime of his money.  While it was a sad time for our family, that was just my dad’s way.  He had strong beliefs and those beliefs got him through many tough times growing up in the depression.

My dad was a stern father, but a good one and a strong and supporting husband.  He married his high school sweetheart when the loser she was dating couldn’t get the money together to ask my mom to marry him.  He always treated her as a lady never making her work out of the home or even drive.  They never socialized much as they were each other’s best friend.  When my mom got hooked on tranquilizers it was my dad who helped her recover using tough love.

My dad finally died in 2004.  When he passed away, he left me his business which I continue to run today.  I look at my dad and how his desire to help people took him from locksmith to realtor to business owner and I wish I saw more of that gumption in today’s Americans.  We are the greatest country in the world because of people like my dad.


Written by thatsrightnate

April 21, 2008 at 6:34 am

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  1. I very much enjoyed reading about the Peele family. I hope this will be a regular feature of the blog. It is important that we counter the Heather has two mommies crowd with examples of functioning, Christian, Republican family who abide by the laws and and worship the Lord. You mention your papist sister, do you have any other siblings and do they follow the fold?


    April 21, 2008 at 8:21 am

  2. I think there’s plenty of gumption like that in America today, Nate. Haven’t you seen the cable commercials for Payday Lenders, just for one example? That’s making a lemon out of lemonade. People who were short of funds from one paycheck to the next used to have to go to small time neighborhood loansharks for that kind of help – and it was illegal. And the interest they charge was considered to be usuary. Now that so many Americans are coming up short these businesses are now legit and I don’t think there are any meaningful laws against usury anymore. That is the American dream, isn’t it?


    April 21, 2008 at 9:33 am

  3. Zen–Its funny that you mention Payday Loans. I have been thinking of expanding myself. Unfortunately, there is more regulation than you’d think. With business booming I may give it a try.

    Mgbl–Unfortunately, I just have the one sister, but I do have a couple cousins who turned out normal.


    April 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

  4. […] hardworking father a month or so back for my blog and I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you (US Fears Shortages of Gumption That’s Right Nate) If the recent Subprime crisis has taught me anything it is that the American people are suffering […]

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