As we prepare for the annual Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, let's keep in mind how fortunate we are to live in such a bountiful country. Even those considered poor will have access to turkey dinners, compliments of the social service agencies in every town and city from coast to coast. With all of our political and social differences, we are always united in our belief that no one should go hungry. We are a wealthy and proud nation that was born and nourished with the philanthropic milk of human kindness.
However, even humanitarianism must have limitations; otherwise, it will lead to abuse. The reason our country is in this wealth-sucking black hole is because of an elite ideological group of elected reps who think they can wave a magic wand and create not equal opportunity, but equal results. Hence, if you didn't work hard and save enough money for a down payment on a house or a car, that doesn't mean you should be denied something that others have.
Our parents wanted to make us happy, but they understood the danger of taking satisfaction to the extreme. In addition, they understood the need to teach us the merits of self-sacrifice. They realized that we would grow up and be released into a world in which discipline is a key factor in our maturity. If you were really lucky, you had parents who taught you that life isn't always fair and that nobody owes you a living. They were preparing you for adulthood.
What our government is doing today exemplifies the permissive parent/spoiled child syndrome. Liberal ideologues say you should have everything you want, that freedom is unlimited, that every grievance should be soothed by the curative balm of government largesse. Conversely, conservatives say you must take responsibility for your own future and not use the blame game as a crutch.
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