I think I’ve finally reached “that age” where the list of things I no longer care about is growing exponentially. At 28-years-old, I’m still considered young by most. But I’m often told by many of my peers that I’m slowly morphing into some horrifying amalgamation of old man tendencies, middle-aged fashion tastes and senile memory loss problems. (To their credit, I’ve had the latter since birth.)
I guess trading in my teen surfer apparel for Croft&Barrow polo shirts, GAP jeans and Dockers dress shoes has put me on the path to becoming some sort of bourgeois dotard. Oh well, I can live with that. After all, I’m of the belief that you should at least dress age appropriate. If you’ve truly reached that higher plateau of adulthood and maturity, there’s no sense in acting like the 16-year-old you once were.
Rather high on the list of things I no longer give a crap about are the unfounded sob stories of many of my peers and, let’s face it, many Americans in general. There was a time when I would listen intently and do my best to empathize with problems like “daddy not having enough money to buy the BMW coupe that I want” or “my girlfriend taking back the iPad she gave me before we broke up.”
Back then, I would typically say something like Man, that really sucks. I’m sorry about that.
Now, I just want to say Please stop whining and get over yourself.
It would serve us well to remember that we are not entitled to, well, much of anything really. Here in America, we’re [supposedly] guaranteed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (As long as our government still embraces the Declaration of Independence.) One could argue that the latter two have all but been completely eradicated. Maybe one day we’ll re-embrace the values of our founders.
But for now, we really need to ditch this entitlement mindset. You’ll notice that nowhere in our founding documents are we guaranteed free cell phones, unrestricted welfare, free housing or free healthcare. Apparently our government believes all of these qualify as basic human rights. (And so do lots of people -- like this woman.)
They are not basic human rights. They are privileges. There’s a difference.
Our government's welfare assistance programs — which are taxpayer-funded, mind you — are out of control. (Almost 50 million Americans on food stamps.) And it’s these programs that are at the heart of a mindset, a belief, that is weakening our culture and our country. (Not to mention our economy.) The Welfare State is nothing more than one gigantic theft and redistribution machine, with President Obama pulling all the levers. Until that machine is destroyed and rebuilt to operate more efficiently, our country will never function the way that it should — the way that our Founding Fathers intended all along.
I know, I know. I’m a heartless SOB for even proposing the idea of throwing out things like food stamps, EBT cards and Obamacare. Believe it or not, I know what it’s like to be “low income” and, especially, to need healthcare. When you’re diagnosed with lifelong grand mal seizures, a good healthcare plan comes in handy. Trust me, I get it. But my healthcare plan is not a right. I pay for it. I set aside money every month so that I can afford it. I budget for my medication refills, for my monthly premiums and other medical related expenses. (All of which are significantly higher now thanks to Obamacare.) But I’m not “entitled” to medical help.
Similarly, no American is entitled to free stuff from the government. As the cliche saying goes — Nothing is really free. Think about it like this:
So guys like this deadbeat surfer are able to piggyback on the [unmonitored] system and eat lobster for free — all on your dime.
What’s really pathetic is that the whiners are often the people who are already receiving lots of free crap.
The problem? They want more.
See, that’s what happens when you start handing out freebies to people who have no ambition, no work ethic and no desire to better their lives on their own. They develop a dependence. So congratulations, Washington, you’re feeding a monstrous animal whose belly knows no depths. It will continue to feast until you decide to cut off its source of food — which will, of course, result in more whining.
Maybe it’s time for our government to tell the whiners, freeloaders and moochers to shut up.
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