Steyns comments on the August London riots directly parallel what’s going on in the “Occupy” circus.
……The London rioters are the children of dependency, the progeny of Big Government: they have been marinated in “stimulus” their entire lives. There is literally nothing you can’t get Her Majesty’s Government to pay for.
……While the British Treasury is busy writing checks to Amsterdam prostitutes, one-fifth of children are raised in homes in which no adult works – in which the weekday ritual of rising, dressing and leaving for gainful employment is entirely unknown. One-tenth of the adult population has done not a day’s work since Tony Blair took office on May 1, 1997.
……The great-grandparents of these brutes stood alone against a Fascist Europe in that dark year after the fall of France in 1940. Their grandparents were raised in one of the most peaceful and crime-free nations on the planet. Were those Englishmen of the mid-20th century to be magically transplanted to London today, they’d assume they were in some fantastical remote galaxy. If Charlton Heston was horrified to discover the Planet of the Apes was his own, Britons are beginning to realize that the remote desert island of “Lord Of The Flies” is, in fact, located just off the coast of Europe in the northeast Atlantic. Within two generations of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, a significant proportion of the once-free British people entrusted themselves to social rewiring by liberal compassionate Big Government and thereby rendered themselves paralytic and unemployable save for nonspeaking parts in “Rise of The Planet Of The Apes.” And even that would likely be too much like hard work.
Sadly, the same thing is happening in America. The generations who built and defended this country seem to be giving way to a society of pampered effete whose idea of hardship is running out of juice for their iPhones. They spend their credit cards into thousands of dollars in the red, and they’re addicted to the instant gratification of getting everything NOW. They are convinced the world owes them a living and Big Government should give them a free education and welfare. The Nanny State they endorse has dictated everything from where and when to smoke cigarettes, the socialist indoctrination in schools, eating habits, and how parents raise and discipline their children.
The entitlement culture runs the gamut from Francis Fox-Piven’s ideology of violent revolution for ‘redistribution of wealth’, to free internet access for ‘nappy-headed children’ to illegal aliens, to the union thugs.
America has devolved into a society that no longer believes in the rugged individualism, courage, and self-determination that made us a once great nation. A large part of the population is comprised of an able-bodied but lazy segment of society that siphons off the public dole. Every developed country has them. It’s a perpetual welfare class that doesn’t work because they don’t have to. Many of them never have. They know how to manipulate the system and they pass it to their children like a fucking family heirloom. Speaking of children, some of the welfare queens are just as allergic to birth control as they are job hunting.
No one gave me a free meal ticket in life. I come from a working class family. My environment was far from prosperous. My mother raised 7 kids, mostly by herself. We all worked. My two older sisters worked two part time jobs, and my mother worked to make ends meet. At the age of 18, I joined the United States Army and served the country for a total of 30 years.
We believe in a helping hand, not a handout.
Parents are supposed to set an example of values, principles, and work ethic to help their kids have a better life than they did. The opportunities are there. You have to do something besides sit on your ass and complain about how unfair it is that the eeeeevil rich have so much money. Ordinary rational humans wouldn’t want to destroy their countries’ economy and penalize wage-earners with more taxation. But, that’s the goal of the class-warfare neo-Bolsheviks in the White House and the Democratic party.
Work ethic and personal responsibility for one’s lifestyle and actions start at home. When parents don’t tell Big Government to mind its own fucking business and stick to doing its job of following the Constitution, the result is what you see as the “Occupy Wall Street” circus.