Rick Harrison from “Pawn Stars” at CPAC: “Why I’m a conservative”

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In case you don’t know about Rick, he and his family own a pawn shop in Las Vegas. He is a self-made millionaire (who never finished high school due to illness) and has been on TV for ten years doing “Pawn Stars.”

As a child, Harrison suffered from epileptic seizures starting at age eight, which would confine him to bed, and led to a lifelong love of reading. He survived government-run health care as a young child and does not endorse it.

He doesn’t believe in the government giving you everything. My favorite quotes of his in this speech:

“If you try hard enough, you can achieve anything in this country.”
“We just want the government out of our way.”

Good speech to watch if you have the time.

DCG

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3 responses to “Rick Harrison from “Pawn Stars” at CPAC: “Why I’m a conservative”

  1. Good guy.

     
  2. Bravo Rick!! I ran a business for 23 years as well as worked for others. Nobody gave me anything but a hard time and I got that all too much. As Rick said there were many 20 hour days and I will add many meals of rice and clearance priced items from the stores. To this day I shop very carefully and mostly at local small businesses because they work harder at being the best. America is the greatest Nation on Earth and we have to work hard at keeping it that way…. I will not give a handout but I have given many hand up’s by helping people genuinely wanting to learn a trade. I give time, tools, educational materials and encouragement to many…. My own son was starting to be a skilled tradesman when his life was cut short by a texting driver. I help others sons and daughters in his memory. When I help someone it is with the understanding that they will do the same for others when they are able. I have been sorry a couple of times when people I helped squandered the opportunity but for the most part they become successful. Watertender does it right!

     
  3. Thank you, Watertender, for your story about your son. I am so sorry for your loss. Bravo for your response in helping others in his memory. I don’t know if I could do this so bravely as you are doing…..and I understand (as a teacher) about those whom you invest in “squandering” the opportunity you offered them. Hard to do…but you can NOT take it “personally.” Other’s failures are not a reflection against YOU or your altruistic efforts on their behalf. They are humans whom were already at risk of failure. It was NOT your gifts or efforts that failed. These people might succeed another time or with another person’s guidance…….or maybe even another chance with you. Keep the Faith. And, again, thanks so much for sharing the story of your child with us.

     

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