Craig DeLuz

Writer, Actor, Public Speaker, Media Personality
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Excuse me, Senator – are you **really** pro-gun? (Video)

Many politicians claim to “support the Second Amendment” and say they are “pro-gun.” But are they really? How should we define “pro-gun?” In this video, Craig looks at how (for the 2013-14 California Legislative Session) legislators’ actions haven’t exactly lined up with their words.

 

California AG Kamala Harris & The Sacramento Bee Suport Jim Crow-style Gun Laws (Video)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has twice ruled that California’s License Carry Law violates the people’s constitutional right to bear arms in public for self defense. None-the-less, California Attorney General Kama Harris have come out in rabid support of this Jim Crow-style gun law.

Here Craig points out why they need to stand with Courts and CAL-FFL in the defense of right to carry in California.

Pro-Gun Sen. Wright Loses Gun Rights With Non-Violent Felony Convictions (Video)

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After being convicted of eight non-violent felonies relating to election fraud, California State Senator Rod Wright will be forced to give up his Second Amendment Right to keep and bear arms.

Here Craig lays out the details of the case and asks if we should reconsider the policy of depriving non-violent felons of their Second Amendment Rights.

Episode 3 of California Kings: I’m A Man Of My Word

California Kings Episode 3 from Ricky Borba on Vimeo.

In this new web series “California Kings”. Craig plays a violent, hot-headed drug trafficker named Andere.

Click below to see previous episodes:

Episode 1 – Don’t Push Your Luck

Episode 2 – You Two Know Each Other?

Court Tosses Part of Concealed Firearms Law

The Ninth Circut Court of Appeals has ruled that California’s CCW Law requiring “Good Cause” is unconstituional. Craig DeLuz, with the Calguns Foundation tells Fox 40 News that these decisions can no longer be subjective and arbitrary.

Black History & The 2nd Amendment

Craig recognizes Black History Month with a brief discussion of how the Second Amendment was an integral part of helping African Americans secure equal rights.

Diversity Leads to Segregation?

130923070330_California-flag-640California has long been recognized as one of the most diverse states in the country. But in many communities, this has not lead to to a rich, multicultural environment. Instead, it has created a type of cultural segregation that undermines the very concept of cultural diversity.

The Associated Press reports the following in the California City of Watsonville:

Spanish is spoken in most homes and businesses in town, and one out of five households is linguistically isolated, meaning no one over 14 speaks English.

Rising immigration hasn’t made Watsonville more diverse; it is a community heading toward racial isolation, a growing phenomenon in a state that offers one possible look at how the nation may change as non-Hispanic whites become a minority in the coming months.

Now keep in mind, this is not a phenomenon that is unique to the Latino community. The same can be observed in the Asian, East Indian and Slavic communities.

How can this be? Well, there was once a time when those who immigrated to the US made it a priority to assimilate to the culture of their new country. Learning English was a priority.  Individual responsibility and economic opportunity were inexplicably linked.

But today, we foster an environment that discourages immigrants from becoming American. We entice them to live here. We offer a wealth of benefits to those who come here (legally or illegally). So, we have created a situation that encourages them to maintain their own separate identity which is largely affiliated with the country of their origin. So, instead of being “Mexican Americans” they tend to be more like “Mexicans in America” or instead of “Chinese Americans” they tend to be “Chinese in America.”

“For me, downtown Watsonville is like being in a small Mexican town,” said Oscar Rios, who was Watsonville’s first Latino mayor. “Everyone speaks Spanish. The restaurants are Mexican. It’s got a very different feel than a traditional American town.”

This by the way, is not their fault. We have created this problem ourselves. We have created an environment that  accommodates lack of assimilation.

Walking past downtown’s historic Victorians, Nahara doesn’t notice that almost every sign is exclusively in Spanish, from the barber shop, “Cortes de Pelo,” to dress shop notices asking patrons to not bring in food or drink: “Por favor, no pase con comida o bebida.”

At the courthouse on the corner, interpreters are at work in all four courtrooms, helping judges and lawyers communicate with clients dealing with everything from divorce settlements to murder charges. At the public library, laughter, stories and music ring out from Bilingual Toddler Time.

***LET ME BE CLEAR***

I believe that diversity is good. It is one of the key things that makes our country the greatest place to live in the world. No where else can people from so many different countries, cultures and religions live together is peace and prosperity.  I also believe that it is important for each of us keep our cultural heritage close to our hearts and never forget where we came from. It should be a vital part of who we are. But it should not be the sole determiner of who we are.

As a man of African & Italian decent who has grown up in America, the rich cultures of my parents informs my perspectives and values. But so does my background as an American, a Christian and a man. I am further enriched by the cultural backgrounds and experiences of those around me. All of these things combined create my unique “American Experience”.

But as we seek to isolate and separate ourselves from the rest of American culture, we defy one of the very pillars of American strength, true cultural diversity.

Gun Rights Groups In Calfornia Seek to Recall Anti-Gun Legislators

As the Legislative Advocate for the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, Craig discusses recent efforts to recall anti-gun legislators in California.

How Lawsuit Abuse Harms Education

As a School Board President for the Robla School District in Northern California, Craig points out that even when a lawsuit is clearly bogus, it is often cheaper for the district to settle outside of court instead of fighting it — encouraging more shakedown lawsuits against schools and reducing already scarce funding for education.

Advocates urge Gov. Jerry Brown to veto gun bills

guns (Sacramento Bee) With Gov. Jerry Brown days away from deciding the fate of a stack of gun bills, Second Amendment advocates today delivered to the governor’s office about 67,000 signed letters imploring him to veto the 14 prospective laws.

“California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and these 14 measures are particularly onerous,” said Craig DeLuz, a legislative advocate for the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees.

“Politically, we want to make sure he understands there are a lot of voters out there who believe in the Second Amendment — and that we are watching what he does.”

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Trailer for New Web Series, California Kings

“California Kings” | Season 1 | Fall 2013

Director Trevor Smith
Director of Photography Alexander Bello
Writer/Producer Ricky Borba
Executive Producer Derrick Dawson

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Bills on Brown’s desk have uncertain fate

bullets(Sacramento Bee) – An attack on the Second Amendment or much-needed legislation to address gun violence?

California legislators considered that question repeatedly this year in committee hearings and in passionate, mostly partisan, debates on the Assembly and Senate floors.

“You have people who write this legislation who don’t understand the technology and thus don’t understand why the bill is a problem,” said Craig DeLuz, a lobbyist for the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees. “And in the end, none of these will end gun violence.”

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Santa Monica shootings rekindle gun control debate in Sacramento

In the wake of the recent shooting in Santa Monica, Democrats are all abuzz about Senator DeLeon’s SB 53, which would require permits to buy, sell or transfer ammunition. Cal-FFL’s Legislative Advocate, Craig DeLuz point’s out that this measure would have done nothing to stop this or any of the other recent shootings.

Senate Bill Seeks to Make Criminals Out of Firearm Owners

SB 299 would make criminals out of any firearm owner who does not report their gun stolen within 48 hours. Cal-FFL’s Legislative Advocate, Craig DeLuz speaks out against it.

Craig DeLuz Sets The Tone in Debate Over Skinners Fatally Flawed AB 48 (Video)

Yesterday, several anti-gun measures were heard in the California State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee.

Cal-FFL’s Legislative Advocate, Craig DeLuz set the tone as he pointed out one of the many flaws in Assembly member Nancy Skinner’s AB 48.

KGO-TV out of San Francisco aired a report that focused on the issue that AB 48 would turn parents or scout leaders into criminals for providing their kids ammunition while teaching them how to safely use firearms.

“I take my daughter to the firing range to teach her how to use our legally-owned firearm and by handing her a magazine with ammunition in it, I am now in violation of the law, and she is now in violation of the law,” said Craig DeLuz from the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees.

The Sacramento Bee reported on an exchange between DeLuz and Skinner regarding the possibility of gun rights groups supporting her measure.

Skinner asked if the industry associations would support or be neutral on her bill if she amended it to satisfy those concerns.

DeLuz responded by saying he has a 10-page list of deficiencies in the measure.

Despite excellent arguments made by gun rights advocates and the member’s stunning inability to address simple questions on the bill, AB 48 would eventually pass out of the committee on a party-line vote.

AB 48 will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

History Channel’s “The Bible”: Does Race Really Matter?

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This morning I finally got the chance watch the final installment of The History Channel’s groundbreaking new mini-series “The Bible. And let me say, I loved it! It had quality production value and was surprisingly Biblically accurate. All except one thing. The actors didn’t seem to accurately reflect the historical figures they were portraying.

I’ve been acting professionally (professionally meaning I’ve made little more than $1.00 acting) for a few years now. So, I have reviewed more than my share of casting calls. Most are very specific when it comes to the race of each character. Although, it is not uncommon for some roles to go to actors of other ethnic backgrounds. But one area where casting directors seem to hold firm to racial requirements are when it comes to historical projects.

A few years ago, a civil war movie was filming here in Sacramento at the State Capitol. Being a budding actor, I wanted to give it a shot as an extra. There was just one problem… There was no need for a Latino looking, Black man. I wasn’t white enough to be soldier or a legislator. But I wasn’t Black enough to be a slave (Not that they were casting many slaves for the scenes they were shooting here.)

The point is, race matters in movies… if the period being portrayed features those of European decent. Any other ethnicity, it doesn’t matter. There just seems to be something wrong with that. It’s not about affirmative action or anything like that. It just seems to me that if you are going to focus on being historically accurate, then that should include those portraying the characters of that time and culture.

I know right now, I’m driving some of my conservative friend crazy.

“Race doesn’t matter.”
“We should be a color-blind society.”
“Why do we need to divide ourselves?”

Sound familiar?

The truth is, race does matter. There was a time when Hollywood could get away with Elizabeth Taylor portraying an Egyptian (African) woman or Charlton Heston as as a Hebrew that was supposed to be dark enough to be thought an Egyptian (African) man. But that time is over!

There are tons of quality actors of varying ethnic backgrounds that could have filled these roles. Truth is, it’s not like the acting was all that fantastic. But Hollywood need’s to at least try to get actors who look like the characters they seek to portray.

Image how well “Les Misérables” would have been received if it featured an all Chinese cast. What if “Patriot” (one of my favorite “based on a true story” movies about the war for American independence) featured an all Latino cast? How seriously would you take these movies?

Yes, one can argue that some of the characters are fine as Europeans. But most? Really?

Consider the region we are talking about. Or how about the fact that the Bible actually describes Jesus as other than a blue eyed European with straight hair? I’m just saying…

If Hollywood can go out of it’s way to find race appropriate actors in for Eurocentric projects, let’s try a bit harder in those projects featuring peoples of other ethnic backgrounds; if for no other reason than historical accuracy.

Firearm Industry Association Adds Experienced Legislative Advocate

calffl headerRecognizing the unprecedented assault on the civil rights of Californians, firearm and economic rights group California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL) has added high-powered issue advocate and experienced activist Craig Deluz to its arsenal.

Craig DeLuz has joined the CAL-FFL team as their Legislative Advocate to represent industry and consumer interests in the California State Capitol. Previously, DeLuz worked as Legislative Director for former Assemblyman Tim Leslie and most recently as the Deputy Chief of Staff for former Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries. “I’m excited to be fighting for a cause that I am very passionate about,” said DeLuz. “It’s not everyday that you get a chance to advance economic liberties and fundamental rights like gun ownership at the same time.”

“We at CAL-FFL are very excited to have Craig on board,” said CAL-FFL president Brandon Combs. “I’m confident that his years of experience as a senior legislative staffer will prove invaluable to our efforts to defend the rights of all Californians.”

California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (http://www.calffl.org/join) is California’s premier non-profit industry association of, by, and for firearms manufacturers, dealers, collectors, training professionals, shooting ranges, and others, advancing the interests of its members and the general public through strategic litigation, legislative efforts, and education. For more information or to join Cal-FFL, please visit calffl.org.

The Best Campaign Finance Reform: An Informed & Engaged Electorate

chump changeLast year’s presidential campaign broke a record for campaign spending. This has prompted a lot of criticism that while understandable, misses the point.

We get all flustered about the amount of money that political campaigns raise and spend. But we give little thought as to why they have to do it.

For the most part, the American public (that’s us) are disengaged from the process. We are so busy working, taking care of our families, dealing with every day life that we have not made the selection of our civil leaders a priority.

Think about it…. Can you name the members of your local school board? And these are people you trust your kids to for 8 hours a day. But how many of us can name the final contestants on Survivor or American Idol?

And since we won’t pay attention to the races, candidates are forced to bring the campaigns to us. They fill our mailboxes and clutter the airwaves with political ads… all in an attempt to catch our interest.

And we are full of excuses as to why we don’t pay attention… “I don’t know the candidates.” “I’m too busy.” NONSENSE!

If you can put in hours planning for your fantasy football draft, you take some time to read up on the candidates and their issues. And it should be easy. We have access to more information at the touch of a button than any generation before us. You should be able to find out who is running for dog catcher in Beaulah, Wyoming.

Our system is dependent on you and I doing our job. When we don’t take the time to inform ourselves about what candidates stand for and actively support those who share our values, we open ourselves up to being led around by expensive campaign advertising.

Here’s the truth… The only thing that will put an end to the influence of money in politics is an informed and engaged electorate.

Message from The West Wing: They’ll Like Us When We Win!

Over the last few weeks, I’ d enjoyed watching all seven seasons of the West Wing on Netflix. And then I re-encountered what has become one of my all time favorite moments in television.

It was a speech was by the make believe President’s Communications Director, Toby Ziegler played by Richard Schiff. He was responding to a Democrat congresswoman (who also happened to be his ex-wife) who was upset about comments included in a speech he prepared for the President to give at the United Nations.The statement said:“The world will be free when there is freedom to worship for everyone. The world will be free when we finally shake off the rusted chains of tyranny, whether in the guise of fascist dictatorships or economic slavery, or ethnic hostility, or the crushing yoke of Islamic fanaticism.

This play congresswoman like so many real life liberal politicians was upset because the President would take a stand against Islamic fanaticism. She would rather they take a more diplomatic approach toward dealing with the Islamic holy war against the west.…this one moment in time, you have to get off your horse and just… simply put – be nice to the Arab world.

The response by this hardcore liberal character was as on point as any I have heard from any real life conservative. Toby replies:Well… How about when we, instead of blowing Iraq back to the seventh century for harboring terrorists and trying to develop nuclear weapons, we just imposed economic sanctions and were reviled by the Arab world for not giving them a global charge card and a free trade treaty? How about when we pushed Israel to give up land for peace?How about when we sent American soldiers to protect Saudi Arabia, and the Arab world told us we were desecrating their holy land? We’ll ignore the fact that we were invited. How about two weeks ago, in the State of the Union when the President praised the Islamic people as faithful and hardworking only to be denounced in the Arab press as knowing nothing about Islam? But none of that is the point.

In other words, we have been as nice as we can be to the Muslim world and look what got us… 9/11. The time has come for us to take a stand against those in the world who have determined in their minds to destroy us and our way of life. This does not mean all Muslims are against us. Nor does it mean that all who are against us are Muslim.

Our goal in the war on terror was not to be liked, but to protect the innocent from the evil of terrorism. We have taken a stand! And if you don’t like that we have taken a stand….Tough!

I don’t remember having to explain to Italians that our problem wasn’t with them, but with Mussolini! Why does the U.S. have to take every Arab country out for an ice cream cone? They’ll like us when we win!

Congress Rates Worse than Colonoscopies But Better Than a Sharp Stick in The Eye

AP0901060255551-e1323728513880Politicians have long been held in a negative light. And Congressional poll numbers have spent the better part of last decade in the toilet. But now they have hit a new low.

According  to Public Policy Polling, voters prefer a commonly mocked, invasive medical procedure to the US Congress:

U-S Congress only has a 9% favorability rating with 85% of voters viewing Capital Hill in a negative light. That’s according to Public Policy Polling, whose researchers found that Congress is less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams, and even the band Nickelback.

Those aren’t the only comparisons voters were asked to consider: Despite screwing up most of the games they officiated, the NFL replacement refs rate higher with a 56% approval rating. Colonoscopies are not much fun, but they also serve a purpose. Voters favored colonoscopies over their congressman 58 to 31%.

The saddest part of this is the fact that we have the exact congress we deserve. We put them there!

Education, Entertainment, News Media & Government are not merely influencers of our culture, they are reflections of our culture. So if don’t like what we see in them, then maybe it’s time we take a long hard collective look in the mirror.

If we don’t like congress, maybe we should rethink the folks we are sending to represent us in congress.

Memo to GOP: More Unites Us Than Divides Us

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According the Associated Press, “The Republican Party seems as divided, angry as ever”. And I can’t say I disagree.

Elections losses tend to bring out the worst in political parties. Finger pointing and laying blame are a regular occurrence following defeats like the one Republicans were dealt in November. And as expected, Democrats and the mainstream media are taking particular pleasure in very visible meltdown that is currently taking place in the GOP.

The GOP’s internal struggles to figure out what it wants to be were painfully exposed after Mitt Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama on Nov. 6, but they have exploded in recent days. The fallout could extend well beyond the party’s ability to win policy battles on Capitol Hill. It could hamper Republicans as they examine how to regroup and attract new voters after a disheartening election season.

I’ve been a GOP activist for almost 20 years. I’ve seen this sort of infighting before.

Some claim the Party needs to change it’s values to win. Others say we need to double down on them and become even more committed them. There are those who say we need to reconnect with our base, while others point to a need for broader communication strategies that will expand our base. And as expected, they all have a plan.

In the end, they all have good points. But they also miss one very important point: More unites us than divides us.

I just celebrated 20 years of marital bliss. And one of the most important lessons I learned early on was that my wife loved me and was ON MY TEAM.

What a novel concept! The GOP is a team. And like any team, we are going to have disagreements. The important part is how we handle those disagreements and the ones with whom we disagree. If we treat them like they are the enemy, then the focus of the argument is to win. However, if we treat them like a member of OUR TEAM, then the focus is completely different; to solve the problem.

I sit on a school board in a very liberal part of Sacramento. Recently, I was elected to be Board President. This will be my third year serving in this capacity. A conservative friend of mine once ask me how I got along with the liberals of the board. I replied “Great!”. She was surprised at this answer, until I explained that most of the choices we make are not between right or left, but between right and wrong. Upon this, we as a board could agree.

Those who follow me in social media may find this hard to believe, but I don’t walk around wearing my Republicanism on my sleeve. Neither do I go around round looking for liberal dragons to slay. Instead, I live my values and let the chips fall where they may.

From time to time those with whom I work will disagree with me; and that disagreement will sometimes be based on my conservative values. In these cases, I enthusiastically advocate for my position, while at the same time trying to keep in mind that the person with whom I disagree is on my team. Whether in community work, on the school board or in our local GOP, we have come together to reach a common goal. They (or I, depending on your perspective) are simply “The Loyal Opposition”.

In politics, we have spent so much time attacking one another that we wind up talking at each other rather than to each other. A few years ago, I advised a fellow conservative blogger to take a look at how much time he spends attacking fellow Republicans. I explained that if he was spending more time attacking Conservatives than challenging liberals on their flawed policies, then maybe he needs to rethink his priorities.

I became a Republican because the values of the GOP were consistent with my own. I got active in the Party because I wanted to see those values exemplified in our elected leaders. My experience has been that most (not all) Republicans agree with me on most (not all) of those values. I recognize that 90%, 80%, heck even 60% agreement does not make them the enemy. They are still on my team and should be treated as such.

We should work together on those things that unite us. And feel free to work separately (and respectfully) on those things we disagree on. I believe in the end, we will find that there is more that unites us than divides us.

It’s Not About Religious Rights, But Religous Repsonsibility

Craig spoke at at the Stand for Religious Freedom Rally in San Francisco California. His talk focused on the responsibility we all have to vote our values.

Eco-Tyrany in California

Craig speaking at the Rally Against Cap & Trade at the California State Capitol Building.

The Reality of Race in America: Why we can’t handle the truth

If there is one good thing that has come out of America electing Barak Obama to be the nations first black President, it is the way in which the issue of race and race relations has been drawn, kicking and screaming into the public square. Whether we like it or not, old wounds that have never properly healed are now reopened for discussion and debate. Unfortunately though, I am not confident that any real solutions will come.
I am just not sure that we (white, black, liberal or conservative) are ready for such an open and honest discussion. On one side you have those who just want to sweep the past under the rug, like it never happened. On the other side you have those who are stuck in the past as though nothing has changed. Both sides are insistent on living in their respective states of denial, preventing us from really communicating on how we move forward from here.
For example, I am told by blacks that if I am a conservative, then I cannot really be black. And at the same time, conservatives claim that if I choose to identify myself as black then I cannot truly be a conservative. The truth is that unlike some would have you believe, the two are not mutually exclusive. And here is why.
At 43 years old, I am a part of the first generation to grow up after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. So unlike my father, or his father before him, I was born “Equal under the law.” But that did not mean that I was born in a system that promoted equality. 400 years of slavery, the subsequent 100 years of Jim Crow and the liberal led welfare/entitlement state did much to weaken the black man and destroy his family and community. These systems were designed to keep blacks down and that is exactly what they did. The reason many blacks have a victim mentality is that not too long ago, they were victims.
Take my father for example. He left the Air force after World War II as a fully trained and certified electrician. But he could only get a job washing cars. You see, the unions would not let him join their ranks because his father was not a union member. Never mind the fact that at the time my grandfather was working, they did not allow blacks to join the union.
My mother experienced whites only drinking fountains and lunch counters. She remembers “Bull” Conner turning police dogs and fire hoses on innocent blacks like it was yesterday. These experiences are not easily dismissed by those who experienced them. They play a major role in shaping one’s world view.
For my parents, everything in society told them that it was government and whites who were in control…not them. And this is the world view that they have passed on to us, their children. This was their reality.
My reality is somewhat different. I can eat where I want. I can go where I want. The law states that I can not be denied any opportunity because of the color of my skin. And there are teams of lawyers, judges and politicians willing to fight to protect these rights. There are no laws preventing me from starting a business, getting a good education or supporting the political candidate of my choosing. This is part of my reality; the only part that many conservatives are willing to acknowledge.
I also realize that there are those whom I will encounter who will prejudge me based on the color of my skin, whether they admit it or not. Racism is not dead, just diminished. I also must acknowledge that the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not undo the 500 years of indoctrination and brain washing black Americans underwent. Nor did it create a level playing field in regards to asset wealth.
There were “The Haves” and “The Have Nots” and nothing happened to change the fact that blacks would start off overwhelmingly in the category of “The Have Nots.” This meant that they would have much less capitol to start businesses, purchase homes or to pass on to future generations. As hard as my parents worked and as much as they tried, they did not have a home or any other significant assets to pass on to their children. This is too often the norm in black America. This too is also part of my reality; the only part that many liberals are willing to acknowledge.
I don’t believe that we will ever truly address the issue of race in America until blacks and whites; liberals and conservatives are willing to accept the truth about where we have come from and where we are now. Whites cannot celebrate creating equality in the rules of the game after attempting to knee-cap the other team’s players and spotting themselves 20 points. Along the same lines, we cannot be so preoccupied with the unfairness of how things started that we spend all our time complaining to referees, thus letting the other team run up the score. This is exactly what has been taking place the last 50 years.
As for my perspective; I will say this: Being black is part of who I am. But it does not dictate who I am or who I will become. And while I cannot control the fairness of the circumstances around me, I can control how I react to those circumstances. I can choose to learn from them or whine about them. As I approach each challenge, I can choose to see it as a stumbling block or a stepping stone; as an obstacle or a building block. I can choose to fight against ignorance and poverty or I can pawn it off on my children for them to fight it. These are my choices.
I have a message that I encourage every black parent…scratch that… every parent to tell their children. It is what my father told me many moons ago and it has served me well.
Life isn’t fair…GET OVER IT!
Your future will mostly be shaped by the decisions that you make, and no one else. Where you end up in life will be the result of all the choices you make, big and small. And when it is all said and done, your success or failure will be determined, not by the circumstances which you had to face, but by how you responded to those circumstances.