I had read about Oprah Winfrey deciding to stop her show come 2011. I really was not going to say much about that, after all the most of the right wing blogs were really trashing the woman and I did not want to be a part of that, at all. As an unrepentant capitalist, I have to agree with the words of Bill O’Rielly, when it comes to Oprah:
I mean this is a woman that came from nothing to rise up to be the most powerful woman, I think, in the world. I think Oprah Winfrey is the most powerful woman in the world, not just in America. That’s — anybody who goes on her program immediately benefits through the roof. I mean, she has a loyal following; she has credibility; she has talent; and she’s ‘s done it on her own to become fabulously wealthy and fabulously powerful — (Original Source Here)
Let me first state that I do not admire this woman’s politics, nor do I admire her idiotic “Self Religion” nonsense that she promotes on her show and in her books. However, there is something to be said about a woman, in fact, was born in abject poverty and then rose up out of her personal situation to become one of the most successful talk show personalities in the entire world. Like it or not, my fellow capitalist Conservative friends, but the woman is worth 2.3 Billion dollars. In street terms, “That’s a whole bunch of flow!”
So, while some of my friends to the right of me in politics might want to rip on her. I have nothing bad to say about her, because frankly, she has done very well in our open capitalistic society. Oprah started with nothing, got a very lucky break, worked her behind off, and made something out of nothing; I, as a Conservative, who believes in a free market system cannot find a gripe with that at all. She, in fact, deserves the riches she has acclaimed, as she earned it.
On a more personal level, I can hardly believe that it has been 25 years since Oprah’s show first hit the airwaves. That makes me feel so hideously old. I remember the very funny promotional commercials for her show; that very playfully poked fun at her first name. I remember watching some of the first shows and thinking, “Who in the name of the Almighty would watch something like this?” Well, Lucky for Oprah, I guess not everyone thinks like me.
Therefore, in closing, I will say this — while I do not agree with her politics, which are decidedly left. I do wish her the best. I hope she continues to make a difference for good in the world. I just wish that Oprah would realize that the very politics that she supports wants to steal the very wealth that she has worked so very hard for and give to those who not only do not deserve it, but also never worked a day in their lives for it.