I don’t know about you, but I need a break from Benghazi, Wire Tapping of our Press, the IRS politically targeting conservatives and Jews, and the Criminal Society, which has become our current executive administration in Washington. So let me tell you a light-hearted (by comparison) story about how I discovered the root of our entitled class problem in this country.
A few years ago while at an art show, I was lamenting the overreaching of the entitled class to the very liberal wife of a local artist I admire when she surprised me with a decidedly insightful viewpoint that changed the way I viewed the root cause of the problem.
“It all started with the school bus”, she told me in an off-handed almost weary dead pan droll.
She went on to explain, “The moment, sometime in the early 1940s, that most states began requiring that all productive movement stop in deference to Little Johnny getting on or off a School Bus because his Mom and Dad were too dim-witted to educate the little tyke on the dangers of stepping in front of a 2 ton piece of machinery traveling at 30 miles per hour, our society as we know it was screwed.”
And, upon some deep contemplation I have determined that she is most likely correct. That this pint sized patent zero of the entitlement class, shrouded in this new air of invulnerability, unwittingly ushered in the age of self aggrandized importance. Yes, suddenly, Little Johnny, sweater mis-buttoned, shoes untied, hair uncombed, who managed to make it to the school bus by way of awkward uncoordinated bipedalism, only after spitting out his gum …. was special.
Someday, some right thinking anthropologist will gleefully point to that moment in time as the precursor to grading on a curve, the participation trophy, sports where they don’t keep score, creative spelling, and new math.
But in a more modern and more dire perspective we have, with that simple act of over-protection, blossomed into a society of WIC, Food Stamps and EBT cards, Affirmative Action, quotas, free school breakfast, free lunch, free healthcare, free birth control, free abortions, free cell phones, free daycare, section 8 housing, heating credits, tuition subsidies, tax credits, free bus passes, free internet, and government cheese.
People from around the world, ( those that are not trying to kill us ) are striving everyday to make it to the new Utopia of freedom. Freedom from work, responsibility, and productive contribution that is. Welcoming them to a land of unbridled handouts and government subsidies, where we treat our uneducated and undeserving children like child stars who should never want for anything, and our illegal alien law breakers as honored guests complete with welcome wagon like coupons for all types of free stuff on the backs of the 1%.
To a land where because of the subversion of our education system our young people cannot name a single Cabinet Member, but know to vote for the cool guy who promises them free stuff. Who, without the need to succeed, believe that appearing, as an idiot on Jaywalking, is a badge of honor. Who show up for interviews in flip flops, with their pets, friends and even answer text messages during the process. Who often show up late because they could not afford bus fare but sport new iPhones, elaborate tattoos and expensive piercings. Whose addresses oddly match those of their parents well into their thirties and who’s ambitions go no further than beating the next level on a new $100 video game on their $600 gaming console while decrying their inability to afford fuel to get to, heaven forbid, a job interview. They don’t have the sense to do the simple math necessary to know that the Occupy stupidity cannot economically succeed in anything but homelessness and cannot make change from a $20 dollar bill if they had one.
And how did we ever get here as a society?
… It all started with the School Bus.