Americans often talk about their ‘rights’. They point out that they have the right to get their ‘fair share’. This is not a right, it is a wish. Getting one’s fair share is an opportunity — the opportunity to work for their share. Although their share received may not be what they wanted, it is what they have earned. If what is earned is insufficient to the recipient, that person has the choice to alter their approach or improve their skills for earning their (desired) share.
So what then is freedom? The following is a great description quoted from ‘The Naked Communist’.
… there is no such thing as unrestricted freedom, or freedom in general. Freedom is always restricted to some specific choice and freedom is always restricted to choosing one direction at a time. It is for this reason that a free economy requires a continuous education of its people so that they will exercise their “freedom to choose” in such a way that it will sustain sound moral principles and build a dynamic economy with a strong social structure to preserve it. In making such choices, the people must sense what is best for both the individual and the community. They must be well informed. They must know enough about each problem so they can anticipate what the result will be when they have made their choice. There are many notable examples in both modern and ancient history to illustrate what happens when people are only casually concerned with their right to make a choice or exercise their freedom. Free peoples require alert, aggressive leadership and a socially and politically conscious citizenry. This is not easily maintained, but it is the price of freedom. Sometimes the streak of natural laziness in people makes them wish that a commission, a dictator or a king would make all the decisions and force the people to do what is good for them. But this is the road to ruin for a free economy. The people must retain the sovereign right to choose, for that is all freedom is.
Our society today is not only uninformed, but they are filled with self created rights — not natural rights, but desires. Too many no longer wish to work for what they want, they merely want to wish it true. Which is why we have 47% of our working ‘able’ on federal/government assistance.
Imagine what would happen if that ‘faucet’ were turned off..? Not a pretty picture is it..?