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Equality has Evolved into Entitlement

Last night, I was watching the FoxNews channel and they were discussing the Hispanic community’s support of Hilliary Clinton. Several so-called leaders of the Hispanic Community, including California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, mentioned how much the Clintons have done for the Hispanic Community (though she was amazingly vague on the details of exactly what they have done). All of these people interviewed during this segment said that the Hispanic Community would remember how much the Clintons have done for them and come out to vote for Hillary.

This entire exchange bothered me because it highlights a troubling trend in American politics: The voter attitude of ‘What have you done for ME?’ or ‘What will you do for ME?’ if you want MY vote. And of course, it’s not just the voters to blame, the pandering politicians are equally at fault.

This selfish attitude especially hit home to me on the day we celebrate the life of civil rights equality advocate Martin Luther King. Dr, King did not seek for preferential treatment; he sought simply for Black Americans to be treated equally to White Americans:

  • “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
  • The people on this FoxNews segment made it clear that having their interest group be treated equally and given the same opportunity as every other American was not sufficient. They wanted hand outs in exchange for their votes. This is a manifestation of the “Entitlement Mentality” (feeling entitled to government hand outs) conservatives have been concerned about for years.1

    Polar opposite to the entitlement mentality is a famous quote from President John F. Kennedy:”Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

    I agree with that sentiment, but there is little or no chance of hearing a similar sentiment from a presidential candidate today. It’s interesting to note though, that even JFK waited until after he had been elected to express this concept as the aforementioned quote was from his inaugural address.

    1. I found this good definition of entitlement mentality on Connor’s Conundrums blog:
    “Due to continually creeping socialism and the ever-expanding welfare state, American citizens are now being raised with an entitlement mentality. Rather than being instilled with a desire to work hard and follow the law of the harvest, children are ingrained with the errant notion that they will be able to depend on government for their social well-being.”

    The Race for President: Hillary Clinton Analyzed

    Next, in my analysis of presidential candidates, I thought I should take an in-depth look at the current Democrat front-runner, Hillary Clinton. As with the other candidates, I have analyzed what she has said on the issues (her stance) and what she has done (her record) and graded her against my previously documented criteria.

    About the candidate: Hillary Rodham Clinton is currently the junior US Senator from New York, elected in 2000 and now serving her second term. She is married to Bill Clinton—the 42nd President of the United States—and was the First Lady from 1993 to 2001. In 1979, she was named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm. She has served on the board of several corporations including Wal-Mart.

    Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
    1. Strengthening the Family From Hillary’s website
    -“Helping children has been at the center of Hillary’s public life.”
    -“It takes a village to raise a child.”
    From Wikipedia.org
    In 1992, Hillary made culturally dismissive remarks about Tammy Wynette standing by her man and other women who choose to be stay-at-home mothers. (She told Ted Koppel “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession.”)
    -She has served as staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund
    -She co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, an organization that encourages public policy that will benefit children and their families
    -Clinton voted in against the confirmation of John Roberts as Chief Justice, and in 2006 against the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court
    -She introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games
    -In 2004 and 2006, Clinton voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage.
    C
    1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From Hillary’s website
    -“Let us unite around a common goal of reducing the amount of abortions, not by making them illegal as many are attempting to do or overturning Roe v. Wade.”
    From a Press Release
    Hillary does not consider the morning after pill an abortion, saying, “emergency contraception does not cause abortion.”
    From a Press Release
    Hillary supports partial birth abortions (a late-term abortion where the fetus is birthed and then terminated) and was displeased by the Supreme Court’s decision which upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.
    D
    1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
    From Hillary’s Steering Committee
    Hillary has made great “efforts to defeat the Federal Marriage Amendment,” which would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
    F
    2. Defending Our Country From Hillary’s website
    -She wants to “end the war (in Iraq) before the next president takes the oath of office. But if the Bush administration won’t end the war, as president and commander in chief, Hillary will.”
    -She wants to “start phased redeployment within Hillary’s first days in office” including “drawing up a clear, viable plan to bring our troops home starting with the first 60 days of her Administration.”
    -“Working with the U.N.” Hillary wants “to convince Iraq’s neighbors to refrain from getting involved in the civil war.”
    -She also wants to “attempt to mediate among the different sectarian groups in Iraq with the goal of attaining compromises on fundamental points of disputes. ”
    -“She would devote the resources we need to fight terrorism and will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region.”
    From Wikipedia.org
    -She voted for the Iraq War Resolution of 2002, which authorized President Bush to use military force against Iraq
    -But she voted against the Iraq War funding bill of 2007
    -Clinton voted for the Patriot Act in 2001, as did all but one senator, and also voted for its renewal in 2006.
    -Clinton said that Bush’s pledge to stay in Iraq ‘until the job is done’ is misguided
    -Clinton opposed the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and supported a non-binding Senate resolution against it, which failed.
    -Clinton call Iraq General David Petraeus’s a lier in 2007 in regards to his Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq by saying, “I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.”
    -Clinton cast a number of votes in support of the 2007 Amnesty bill, which eventually failed

    C
    2A. Defeating Terrorists D
    2B. Protecting Our Borders From Hillary’s website
    “Our immigration system is in crisis. The laws we currently have on the books are inadequate and no longer serve our best interests…Hillary has consistently called for comprehensive immigration reform that respects our immigrant heritage and honors the rule of law.”
    F
    3. Free Market Economic Policy From Hillary’s website
    Referring to expansion of government programs, “As president, Hillary will:
    -Make health care affordable and accessible to every American.
    -Expand access to affordable, high-quality child care.
    -Increase the minimum wage.
    -Balance the federal budget so we don’t pass today’s massive debts to the next generation.”
    From Hillary’s website
    -Referring to her 1994 failed attempt of government takeover of the health care system, she says, “This is a battle Hillary has fought before — and she has the scars to prove it.”
    From Wikipedia.org
    Her 1994 health care “plan did not receive enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate, although both chambers were controlled by Democrats.”
    -Regarding big government, “she was the major force behind the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a federal effort that provided state support for children whose parents were unable to provide them with health coverage.”
    -Senator Clinton voted against the tax cuts introduced by President Bush, including the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
    D
    3A. Lower Taxes From Hillary’s website
    “Hillary has consistently supported tax relief for middle-class families. She has supported permanently ending the marriage penalty, extending the lower-income tax rates, providing a deduction for college tuition, and providing a refundable child tax credit and adoption tax credit.”
    From Wikipedia.org
    In her 2000 Senate run, “she called for personal tax cuts for college tuition and long-term care.”
    F
    3B. Smaller Government From Hillary’s website
    -Referring to her desire for government run health care, she says, “America is ready for universal health care. Hillary has the vision and the experience to make it a reality.”
    F

    Clinton’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be a dismal 0.78 on a 4 point scale. She scored an F in 4 of the 9 categories. She just barely missed a failing grade in the Strengthening the Family category; her record on abortion, traditional marriage and strengthening the family are very poor. The only thing that saved her from failing was her work with public organizations to help children and her desire to reduce the number of abortions in America. Similarly, with national defense, she just barely missed a failing grade. She voted for the Iraq war when it was popular, but has since tried to distance herself from it. As the Iraq war’s popularity diminished, she voted to de-fund the very war she voted to start. She supports amnesty, but, at least in theory, supports enforcing the rule of law. Her economic record is her weakest point. She supports higher taxes and bigger government, of course in the name of helping the children and the middle class. But all her social policies would do is hurt the economy and restrict freedom.