Suitable Qualifications?

qualificationsIt Doesn’t Take Much  in the way of qualifications To Build a Molotov Cocktail

The protestors are getting violent, and soon some policeman or woman will die or be seriously burned, all because a bunch of worthless rabble with nothing better to do (because they don’t want to do anything better) wants to take advantage of the fact they can avoid work, or school, or anything productive, or anything to gain qualifications, by becoming a part of something (many for the first time in worthless lives), and get a free lunch.

They are throwing homemade Molotov cocktails at police in Oakland.  And the police are responding with tear gas and flash grenades.  And, yes, someone will get hit in the head with a projectile, and be injured.  Let’s see, put yourself in harm’s way and then wonder “how could that happen?”

Sorry, but the protestors are not getting near what they would be getting were I running the cities in which they’re working hard to destroy.  What happened to the old water canon, or even a few good fire trucks?  Do you suppose if those $300 down sleeping bags were wet they’d be less attractive, or if their stash of doobies got soaked, they’d evacuate?  I had high hopes that the snow in NY would run them out, but as they all can go home to momma when it gets too cold to hang with their fellow travelers, they merely did so then returned to raise hell when it warmed up.  Mom and pop, it’s your fault.  Throw the worthless little a-holes out and they’ll have to find a job to eat, and won’t have time to protest, and might actually learn the value of becoming productive.

Do you get the impression I’m less than sympathetic?  That’s a true understatement.

And should one of you protestors get your head taken off by a fired canister of tear gas, I’ll be less than sympathetic.  What I am sympathetic for is a country who’s taught a whole generation to avoid working, who’s handed out for far too many years what should have been earned.  Who’s avoided that basic precept…qualifications.

We’ve taught a whole generation that entitlements are actually welfare, and that’s a terrible pity.  Qualifications?  Being born seems to be the only qualification these days.

It’s so permeated our society that the definition of the word is changing.  Here’s Wikipedia’s take on entitlements:

An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation. A “right” is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an “entitlement” is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society. Typically, entitlements are laws based on concepts of principle (“rights”) which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement.

Since when did “social equality” play into the concept of entitlement?

And here’s Merriam-Webster’s current definition:

Definition of ENTITLEMENT

 

1

a : the state or condition of being entitled : right  b : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract

2

: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program

3

: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges

Again, being entitled is “legislated?”  Sorry, to my way of thinking being entitled is “earned.”  And I guess therein is the basic difference in a self-worth thinker and those in Oakland or on Wall Street who think government owes them something.

My 1846 Websters doesn’t even list the word “entitlement.”  However, under “entitle,” other than the definitions wherein someone gains a “title,” the word is defined as:

To qualify; to give a claim by the possession of suitable qualifications.

Government is not mentioned.  Of course in 1846 this country believed in self-worth, in self-reliance, and in free enterprise.  And in earning qualifications.

I don’t think an entitlement is or should be “legislated.”  It should be earned, as in the original intent of Social Security.  One gets a return on what one has paid in.  One does not get a return because one is in need.  It’s time we redefined entitlements, clarified the meaning of the word.  If you get something in return for need, something from the state, from your parents (when you’re of legal age), from whomever, it’s welfare, not entitlement.  Qualifications should be more than merely being.  “Being” is merely the result of your parents copulating, not caring, or teaching, or investing time and effort.

The change of the term to reflect our current social morays in this country is part and parcel of why we’re breeding a worthless generation of takers, not earners.

They don’t have any qualifications, much less “suitable qualifications.”

 

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