Voters in the last election voted for free stuff. The Dems are expert at the propaganda that nobody has to pay for the free stuff or that we'll fleece the rich to pay for it.
Where Republicans have failed is, as Sowell points out, that they have not articulated that being allowed or even coerced into working for stuff makes it truly yours and gives you an edge in the acquisition of more goodies. What government gives, government can take away.
Self reliance not only means you do for yourself, it also means you get to choose for yourself. When government gives freebies, they decide for you what you want.