The Culture Of Entitlement

Does anyone remember this little snippet back during the 2008 presidential campaign?

I wish someone would do a follow-up on this woman they call Peggy Joseph, but it won’t happen as long as the media continues its lovefest with Obama. They are not willing to risk learning if she still has a house, a car, or even a job. They do not want to know why Obama didn’t make the mortgage payments and buy the gas for her.

As it stands, we cannot totally blame her for her ignorance. She has likely been taught by her elders that blacks vote Democratic because they will get more free stuff, under Democratic control. No doubt she has been brainwashed into thinking that the Democrats are for the poor, the disenfranchised, the minorities, and the ones who are oppressed by the man….usually meaning the white man. Imagine her ecstasy knowing that a black man who is a Democrat now sits in the White House fighting for her, helping her in all of her life’s issues with no more cares in the world.

So here we are today, looking at an economy that has been tanked for 3 years now. We see a generation that has put their faith and confidence in this man called Barack Obama and yet, we see devastation all around. We see the untruths that have been told, coming to fruition in almost every community… in every state. We are witnessing the bankrupting of America to keep from facing a little pain that can be treated, with patience and time. Instead of allowing a recession to run its natural course, we are propping it up. We are attempting to stop an arterial bleed with a bandaid and no pressure.

Businesses are closing left and right. People are still losing jobs. State governments who got much of the stimulus money that was supposed to jump start the economy are still broke. And no one can tell us when the end is coming. It was supposed to be last year, but, here we are……. still bleeding, bleeding, bleeding.

If we are honest with ourselves, we cannot lay all of this at the feet of Obama. The Democrats are still blaming George Bush for the woes we are facing and a portion of it is by his doing, he tried to be all things to all people. He tried to appease liberals too much. But if we  know our history, we know it really goes back to the time of FDR. Even though the interventions made under the New Deal were necessary to rescue a nation in dire distress unlike any other time, we never got the independent spirit back from the government. If you read your history correctly, we never were able to get things back into sync with the massive spending programs that were implemented. We always seemed to need a little more, it never was enough. It took a war to produce our way out.

After a brief respite following WWII, we seemed to be back in action for a little while. Peace after a war brought some prosperity along the way. The need to rebuild Europe and create an national interstate system was a big help. Unemployment was low, people were working. There were some spikes of unemployment, but they were short-lived and they were correctable. The year 1958 saw a brief spike up to above 7%,m but by the next year it was back down to a manageable 5%.

Hopes were soon dashed when JFK was assassinated and was replaced by one of the most crooked enablers the nation had ever seen in the White House, up to that time. JFK had things headed right, but before he could realize the passage and fruition of his tax cuts, he was gunned down.

Almost immediately, Lyndon Johnson started crafting this big sales campaign that he called the Great Society. Unemployment was low during Johnson’s Administration, thanks to the tax cuts Kennedy promised and LBJ felt compelled to get passed. But because of government give-aways and accelerated money printing, inflation went skyrocketing out of control. Once again, people looked to the government to help them. By the time Nixon took control, the Federal Reserve was printing so much money, he had no choice but to take us off of the Gold Standard (which was a huge mistake).

With everything being cyclical, we now see the people who grew up during that period of time known as the Great Society in control of the government today. They have been taught, how to use government assistance as a carrot for their own selfish interests to keep them in power. They were taught to accommodate government give-aways by printing more money. Each generation that begets this spirit of  foolhardiness, makes it that much worse. People who once may have been one to motivate themselves to go after things and chase the American dream have become discouraged, when they see themselves working hard for so little and their neighbor getting almost as much for doing nothing.

What’s worse is how the people who fall into this category are now believing that they are owed something. And the rich people who work for their money should be the ones to fork it over, because it is not fair for some people to have…and others to have not.

The problem with this approach is, rich people cannot provide for everyone who wants to sit at home on his/her ass while waiting for the check to come in the mail. With the influx of illegal immigrants finding their ways onto the public assistance rolls, there isn’t enough money. The burden is now upon the middle class workers, who are being called rich for the purposes of this dialogue. These are people who put in long hours daily, so they can pay their own way and not need assistance from the government. These are people who want to save money for retirement, so they are not a burden on the state or their children. But they will now be forced to ante up more money to give to those who will not work.

So we had the New Deal and the Great Society, which brought us to this point in time. Welcome to the period I call the “Culture of Entitlement.”

It has now fully bloomed because there is a government in Washington that enables it by penalizing more people for getting ahead, because they are working harder. There is a government in Washington that seeks to put more people on the welfare books, so they can buy more votes. They manipulate the business climate so that there is a shrinking entrepreneurial spirit that will not create jobs, but will kill them. All races are affected by this plan, keeping all people from getting ahead makes it easier for Democrats to tell them how bad off they really are. And many of the people who are targeted by this kind of ploy are not intelligent enough to see what is happening around them.

In 2008, Peggy Joseph was one such person. Today, that number has multiplied.

If you are still with me, let me leave you with something.

There is a theory that is disputed as being attributed to a Scottish professor from the late 1700s, by the name of Alexander Tyler. The dispute is whether or not he really made this statement, or not. I don’t know if he did or didn’t. But it doesn’t matter one way or the other because, I think bears some thought anyway.

It goes like this:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

Of course we all know that there are no absolutes in political theory, which means this sequential pathway may not be exactly right. A step can be skipped and a democracy could hover between two steps, swinging back and forth like a pendulum. But one thing is true here, there is nothing that can guarantee that the American nation will never be in bondage again.

If we continue this present path that Obama and his fellow progressives are trying to lead, if the GOP leadership does not resist and fulfill the mandate given it last year, we will eventually be back in bondage.

I am sure of it.

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4 responses to “The Culture Of Entitlement

  1. Hard to add much to your excellent post.

    Reading this, I think of last year’s stimulus. Actually, that could have been a good thing.

    This thought occurred to me when you were talking about the post-WWII prosperity.

    Our country’s infrastructure is a mess. Bridges are collapsing, the electrical grid fails, and cities are crumbling.

    If the stimulus had been used to repair these issues we would have put people to work and it is very possible the economy could have recovered by now (down side – Obama would have been a shoe-in next year).

    Instead we used it as a piggy bank for Congressional members and pay-back for political supporters of Obama, Congressional members, and state government officials. What money wasn’t used for this was spread around to states and regions important to Obama’s re-election.

    Now we have a bigger mess than before the stimulus and a helluva big bill to pay back. I don’t see and end to it.

    • If they would have given a portion of that money BACK to the people, I guarantee that most would have spent it on something they didn’t have. Some would have paid bills off, others would have saved it. But a large portion of out population is addicted to spending money and could not have resisted buying stuff they did not have. Result: More sales, more business. This would have been preferable to giving it to special interests who will just donate it back to the President’s re-election campaign.

  2. Z

    I agree with Chuck, L.A., very well done.
    I heard today that Bernanke might be putting more stimulus money into our economy; where IS that money, anyway? Where’s he getting it from?
    You are right about Peggy Josephj, and this thought stayed in my mind as I read your piece; there are a lot more people today who don’t have a car or house or job anymore than did when she was expecting her freebies. Some “change we can believe in” Some “Hope”. I think CHuck’s right; I don’t see an end to our debt …I can’t believe this was allowed to happen to our country…
    God help us all……..

  3. Z, as long as the American people tolerate politicians spending like there is no tomorrow, we may need to face the fact that tomorrow will be one rotten day.

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