It hasn’t even been a year since the riots in Ferguson grabbed the headlines on every form of media possible, and since those events our nation has gone through a number of other riots. These riots have centered in some way around the law enforcement community with people absolutely incensed at LEOs, typically displaying what they consider righteous anger for actions officers have taken when their own lives were at risk. Not to say there haven’t been a (very) few incidents where an officer was in the wrong, because it’s certainly happened, but by and large the natives grow restless, and destructive, without justification.
That final statement regarding justification has undoubtedly heated the blood of more than a few readers, so please, allow me to explain. At the time of the Ferguson riots, every journalist worth their salt, or printer ink, as it were, penned some sort of piece – or ten – about the event. Discussions went on regarding the military-inspired riot gear worn by responding officers, the “non-lethal” weapons utilized, and whether or not attempts at creating a dialogue within the community were worth it. Hot debates ensued with sides apparently determined prior to the event itself; those against the officer seemed to have a tendency towards anti-LE sentiment 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Those for his exoneration were, yes, often LE supporters around the clock. Not to say the facts were never considered by either side, because they certainly were – sometimes – and there was the occasional intelligent discussion. However, more often than not, even the written discussions became heated, and the comments ranged from irritated to vicious. So why dredge this up months later?
As the months have passed, there have been quite a few more riots. Baltimore comes to mind, of course, but there were others, such as the May Day riots in Seattle that included local illegal aliens seeking amnesty and, yes, blacks seeking what one rioter referred to as “equity.” Politicians have repeatedly taken to making public statements regarding the need for “better race relations” and, of course, Obama has made more than a few ill-spoken remarks, many of which have inspired some admittedly humorous social media memes. It seems our race-based riots – because that’s what they are – are only getting worse, not better. More importantly, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
We are a nation caught in the net of entitlement. Perhaps at one time the idea of entitlement was leant to those with the money and upper-class lifestyle to back it up, but today entitlement isn’t about who holds the biggest wad of cash. Entitlement today is “sense of;” instead of being raised with a proverbial silver spoon in their mouths and the sense of rich, spoiled entitlement that sometimes comes with said spoon, it’s all about a particular mindset. Yes, the entitled mindset is still created. It didn’t appear overnight; we did not jump from a nation of hard-working citizens to a nation of lazy, shiftless rioters without warning. The problem is, many of the warnings were – are – ignored, and perhaps the biggest creator of said entitlements does not care what he is doing. Or maybe he does care, maybe this is exactly what he feels should happen. We have no way to know, we can only guess, we can only assume, and we all know what happens when we assume…
The current climate of rioters seems to be based on a new sense of entitlement. Rather than trust-fund babies feeling they’re owed a new Porsche or a Prada bag, we’re faced with poverty and lower-middle-class level people who have decided they’re owed cell phones, food stamps, medical care, and free housing. Although certain parts of this are not new by any means, it’s absolutely escalated in recent years, and, in fact, it’s quite easy to pinpoint: this strange lower-class sense of entitlement ramped up when Obama was elected. Now, before you start your own riot and attempt to Google my location, bear with me, and read on.
Who among us remembers Peggy Joseph, who stood in front of a news camera in 2008 and made the following statement regarding her joy over Obama’s being elected: “It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment, because I never thought this day would ever happen. I’ll never have to worry about putting gas in my car, never have to worry about paying my mortgage, you know, if I help him, he’s going to help me.” Her sentiment was repeated time and again, becoming the rather depressing mantra of a nation surrendering themselves to the tender loving care of the federal government. No need to work, no need to make any effort whatsoever, because Obama was going to see to it that his supporters got it all – medical care, food, cell phones, homes, you name it – for free.
This was the belief of his supporters, and in some ways, they were right. Welfare has skyrocketed; welfare spending has nearly doubled under Obama. As of 2014, 47 million Americans were signed up for food stamps, which is, yes, a one-third increase. Even as people realize the health care they believed would be their salvation just might be more curse than blessing, they continue to cling to the idea of living free of responsibilities. A horrifying one-third of Americans slipped below the poverty level as of last year, due in part to unemployment, partly to inflation, and partly to, well, a laundry list of issues far too long to delve into here. The bottom line? That sense of entitlement isn’t exactly for the finer things in life, it’s more for scraping by with the bare minimum because, by god, at least scraping by requires no effort whatsoever.
This low-class entitlement, which seems to be a bit of a contradiction, has spawned a year of riots. With an increasing number of people believing the world owes them quite literally everything, leaving them sitting around doing nothing but trash-talking and making lists of ways they’ve apparently been wronged, our nation has been gifted with a surplus of what my grandfather would have called lazy, good-for-nothing hoodlums. It doesn’t take much to send them leaping over the edge; it doesn’t have to be real, justified, logical, or reasonable. All it requires is that their delicate sensibilities are offended, whether by a real or imagined slight, and no matter how miniscule the slight may be, you can be sure it’s about to be blown out of proportion in an epic manner. When it happens, it’s spectacular. When it happens, they riot.
Citizens of Ferguson failed to see the irony when they robbed the very store the late Michael Brown himself robbed immediately prior to his death, and they failed to see the humor when they looted and vandalized local stores owned by minorities. Their claims of racism were made ludicrous by their own actions, and yet they failed to see it. The rioters in Ferguson, Baltimore, Seattle, North Charleston, all had one thing in common, and future rioters will have it, too: entitlement. Anyone who believes these riots are actually about the deaths or assaults or a dirty look someone felt they received one day entering their local Wal-Mart is being willfully nescient. These riots haven’t been taking place to exact change, they’ve been taking place to set fires, brawl in the streets, and snag a new microwave, while you’re at it. Because that microwave is as good as yours, anyway, isn’t it? You may not have earned it in the traditional sense but, hey, you deserve a treat, today and every day, and it may as well be this microwave. This health care. This cell phone. This EBT card.
Do not misunderstand: there are those who need assistance. There are absolutely circumstances where help is needed, and obtained, and those people either remove themselves from the system when they’ve managed to recover financially or they do their best not to abuse it, or both. This is not about the single moms struggling to make ends meet, working long hours until they’re so exhausted their vision blurs and their legs cramp. This is not about those who have been laid off and who have fought to find work, any work and have been unable to scrape enough together to keep food on the table. This is about those people who milk the system for all its worth, staying in it intentionally from the age of 18 on, popping out kids for the increased benefits – or because they’re wildly irresponsible – who see the government as their own personal ATM. This is about the people who don’t even bother to try but simply laze about, collecting whatever benefits they can, because they can, then become incensed when there’s a hiccup in the system.
It’s been around a year since the day the EBT cards hit a snafu nationwide. Some cards received a surplus of money while others were either drained or failed to be filled at their expected time, and the results were catastrophic. People quite literally took to the streets in the states affected, telling interested reporters how wrong it was, how they needed this or that and that money wasn’t there like it should be. Those who received a rather large amount of excess cash quickly spent it, only to become angry when the government informed them those extra amounts would be deducted from future benefits. Are there those who truly need the assistance? Absolutely. Does that number include a majority of those actually receiving it? It would appear not.
This low-class sense of entitlement is an interesting animal. How exactly does one phrase the desire to aspire to downwards to gulleys and valleys rather than upwards towards mountains and peaks? Imagine our nation today being asked to make the sacrifices of the World War II era, giving until there’s nothing left to give so our service members could attempt to survive a harsh, bitter war. We have become a nation too self-centered to think of anything but ourselves, too hooked on a strange sense of entitlement to consider the merits of a hard day’s work. We have become a nation that riots to get its way, like a bunch of spoiled toddlers who have been refused their apple juice and crackers after recess. We riot, and our behavior is rewarded.
One of the more recent tactics undertaken by the aforementioned entitled group involves defacing Civil War monuments. The slogan, which has become the recurring theme in riots all across the country, is “black lives matter,” and it’s been spray-painted and splashed across monuments in several states with no indication as to when it will stop. South Carolina, Texas, and Maryland have been hit, and justification seems to be the theme of the day. There’s so much inequality going on, according to certain politicians and members of the mainstream media, we’re practically back in the 1950s facing segregated buses and separate drinking fountains. Defacing a few monuments should simply be considered growing pains; we should welcome change, they say. Wait, wasn’t the word “change” used in someone’s presidential campaign?
I recently wrote a piece regarding the lack of respect in our nation’s teenagers and children, and this certainly ties into it rather neatly. The teens and kids learn from their parents, and their parents are, all too often, the rioters. The riots are far from over, and they may only get worse from here on out. So, what to do, what to do…
We’re coming upon an election year, one with far-reaching implications and enormous importance. Pay attention to the issues. Don’t let the talking heads on television tell you what to think. Think for yourself. Figure out just what kind of change is necessary, and work to make it happen. Volunteer for a campaign. Make campaign cold calls, stuff envelopes, and wave signs on street corners. Our nation is teetering on the edge, and one wrong move might push it over. It’s time for some real change, and you can make it happen. Get up, get moving, and go make a difference. Do it now, or hold your tongue when the results are in and you’re displeased. It’s time to fight; time to start a riot of a different kind, a riot of true change.
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