Gimme Gimme: A Tour of the Entitlement MentalityMarch 18, 2011 at 9:00 am | Posted in NewsRealBlog | Leave a comment
Tags: Collective Bargaining, entitlement, Force, Labor Unions, liberty, NewsReal Blog, Public Employee Unions, Scott Walker, unions, Wisconsin protests
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
Words have meaning. If they did not, communication would be impossible. Unfortunately, in our political discourse, words are often sapped of their meaning and reduced to empty rhetoric. This handicaps our capacity for thoughtful deliberation. After all, if you can’t find common ground in the dictionary, what chance is there to find it elsewhere?
In the comment section of a recent NRB post regarding public employee unions and the related protests in Wisconsin, one of our readers demonstrated a curious inability to distinguish force from choice. The exchange was instructive of the entitlement mentality propagated by the Left. It is a worldview which includes relativism so extreme that it disputes the definition of words. Consider these excerpts.
pjz29: As a taxpayer with two non-union jobs, I am more than happy to pay good wages to public employees. Just because the “private sector” labor jobs are being reduced to match the 3rd World, it doesn’t mean that we should be bitter against those who [are] still… living comfortably.
NRB: Good for you. Then here’s what you can do. Take some of that hard-earned cash you have left over after the federal, state, and local governments have punished you for having the audacity to work hard in the private sector at multiple jobs to stay off the dole, then contribute as much as you can to parties, candidates, and political action committees which will work to insure other people (not you or your family) continue “living comfortably.” That is your right. It doesn’t have to make sense to me.
All I insist upon is a level playing field, that contributions to such causes be motivated by genuine desire such as yours, and not compelled(…)