Would that there were more economics professors like Jack Chambliss of Valencia College. The good professor starts off his class each semester by making students write an essay about the American Dream. As part of the assignment students are asked to answer the following question: What do you want the federal government to do to help you achieve that dream?
As he surveys the results, Neal Boortz calls them “The Gimme Generation”:
The results may, sadly, not be all that surprising.
About 10% of students said that they wanted the federal government to leave them alone and not tax them too much. These must be the minority of students who went to private schools or were home schooled. The vast majority, 80%, of the students said that the federal government should provide them with some form of free college tuition, free healthcare, a job, money for a house, money for retirement or money to spend. How did they plan to acquire that money? Easy – tax the rich.
The professor blamed the students’ ignorance on the educational system, but also on the class warfare rhetoric espoused by the President which some say has been ‘sowing class envy and social unrest’ and ‘cleaving a widening gulf… that is at once counterproductive and freighted with dangerous historical precedents. And it is an approach to governing that owes more to desperate demagoguery than your Administration should feel comfortable with.
‘American Dream’ Movement Rooted in a Deeper Patriotism
That is an important moment and concept. But the notion of “negative liberty” (“don’t tread on me!”) is only one principle among many that make our country great. Other equally vital American values and ideals (like justice, opportunity, fairness and democracy) have gone largely undefended and unheralded, in this recent crisis. That ends — now. Our rising movement should stand for the full suite of American values and principles.
Number one on his agenda: “Increase revenue for America’s government sensibly by making Wall Street and the super-rich pay their fair share.”
Lefties like Van Jones, and Obama hate the Constitution because they view it as a charter of “negative liberties.” Although Jones glosses over the truth with platitudes he knows everyone agrees with, “justice, opportunity, fairness and democracy”, what the Communist left really wants is a guarantee of “positive liberties”, or the “redistributive change” which Obama once famously said the federal government or the state government must do on our behalves. To make their ideas more palatable, they paint them in patriotic language, as if being a totally dependent government funded leech is somehow an “American value”.
That’s the logical end result of Obama and Van Jones’ “positive liberties”: “Somebody needs to pay for all of my children. Somebody needs to be held accountable…and they need to pay.”
How different is Angel Adams from the pathetic skull full of mush in Professor Chambliss’s sophomore Econ class who said: “As human beings we are really not responsible for our own acts, and so we need government to control those who don’t care about others.”
The “Everyone Wins a Trophy Generation” thinks “fairness” is all about knocking people down who have more than they do. Adam Corolla called the occupy movement, the first wave of participation trophy “a$$holes” — a bunch of self entitled monsters who think the world owes them a living. They leave the little snow-globe lives in which they grew up, find themselves not succeeding, and instead of looking in the mirror and asking why they’re not doing better, they say, “hey man…what do you need all that sh*t for?”
At Big Government, John Nolte put it this way:
Occupy is all about greed, self-actualization, and narcissism. The fastest and easiest way to feel superior is to assume the role of a victim … because a victim is always superior to his or her oppressors.
Occupy is also an army the left and Alinksy-style community organizers like Barack Obama have been breeding for decades. The formula is simple: feed enough self-esteem to those who don’t deserve it and you create an entire generation of entitled crybabies desperate to direct the frustration of their unfulfilled lives at whomever.
Not only is this mindset of entitlement unhealthy for the country as a whole, it’s unhealthy for the individual, as psychoanalyst, Karen Ruskin PSY.D noted on The O’Reilly Factor not too long ago. She made the case that because the Occupy Wall Street protesters felt “a lack of self empowerment”, they were mentally unstable and “on the road to depression.” Occupiers want the government to take care of them, or as O’Reilly said, “they want your stuff”. According to Ruskin, that mindset is “awful for one’s mental health, wellness and well-being.”
There needs to be major change in the K-12 curriculum that has been breeding this toxic, destructive, self-entitled mentality. And by God, (this has been one of my pet peeves for at least 20 years) stop giving trophies to kids who haven’t earned them!