"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -- P.J. O'Rourke
We have gotten to a point in our society where people can pursue courses of action that we know, they know, that everyone knows are highly likely to end in disaster. But then, when the aforementioned tragedy inevitably occurs, there is a demand that the federal government "fix the problem."
But what's wrong with saying,
* You're about to lose your house because you got a subprime loan to buy a house $300,000 more than what you could afford. Sorry, but it's your own fault.
* Maybe you wouldn't be struggling to make ends meet if you hadn't dropped out of high school and had 3 babies by 3 different men by the time you were 25. It's not the government's job to take the place of your children's father.
* Your business wouldn't be struggling to hire workers today if you hadn't hired a work force that is 90% illegal aliens in the first place. So, if your business suffers while you replace the illegals, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Instead, when the bill for the irresponsibility of these sort of people comes due, it always seems to be everyone else's job to bail them out of the mess they got themselves into.
"And many writers have imagined for themselves republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for there is such a gap between how one lives and how one ought to live that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done learns his ruin rather than his preservation: for a man who wishes to profess goodness at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good." -- Niccolo Machiavelli
Too often, people and nations are judged harshly because their actions fall short of some imaginary, moral ideal. Capitalism may be the best economic system, but it's bad because it doesn't make every person equally rich and successful. The United States has been the most moral super power in history, but we're as bad as Nazi Germany because we haven't lived up to the utopian standards in some liberal's head. The U.S. military takes more care not to kill civilians than any military ever has, but they're just as bad as Al-Qaeda because they accidentally kill civilians while fighting terrorists who use the innocent as human shields.
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