on Tantrums

“Temper tantrums, however fun they may be to throw, rarely solve whatever problem is
causing them”. from Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid by Lemony Snicket

Over the past year we have witnessed the increased occurrence of riots in countries that have taken austerity measures in attempts to balance their budgets. The most recent riot occurred in London, where we saw young people, most under the age of 40, take to the streets, attack police, destroy property, and injure their fellow citizens.  What was initially triggered by a police shooting turned into an all out war on those whom the rioting hooligans believed to be the wealthy class.

The problem with this logic is that those they defined as rich, whose property they either destroyed or stole, who they hurt and humiliated, were not some nebulous “wealthy folks”; they their fellow neighbors. The buildings and offices they torched were local small businesses, who probably struggled like most small businesses do to stay afloat in this
economy. These folks lost everything because some ignorant, petulant youth accustomed to living on the public dole decided to have a temper tantrum.

Unfortunately, this is becoming an all too common occurrence as Europe’s entitlement class begins to realize that the promises made to them for guaranteed jobs, education and health benefits cannot possibly be fulfilled. Currently 2/5 of Europe’s population supports the remaining 3/5, and those that feel entitled to such support feel the need to vent their
frustration with violence.

The best way to respond to a tantrum is to not give into it, as doing so only encourages the unacceptable behavior. Europe is learning that right now as they struggle to deal with the violence. Unfortunately they waited until it was almost too late to implement their austerity measures, and now a greater portion of their populace will have to suffer as they relearn how to be self reliant. However, it must be done if they are ever going to empower
their people to be prosperous again.

The worldwide pyramid scheme is over. Even America is at risk of becoming like Europe if we do not break the cycle of dependency on government and spending other people’s money. Right now, 51% of American do not pay federal income tax, which means that 49% of Americans are carrying 100% of the load. This puts us at risk of becoming like Europe, where the tax-consuming majority tells the tax-paying minority on how much of their paychecks they will be allowed to keep.  How fairly do you think that will work out for those that still do pay taxes?

Like Europe, America is also struggling with our own overspending and bloated budgets. We too have a portion of the population that feels entitled to the fruits of someone else’s labor, and I am not just talking about the politicians. However, there is hope. America is the only place in the world where people have peacefully taken to the streets and instead of demanding more from government, demanded less from government. We have seen what
the tantrums of the political elite class look like, we have seen what the tantrums of an entitlement class look like, and we have finally realized that giving in to them will not ever empower us.  It will merely enslave us.  A people dependent on a corruptible government will never be prosperous, will never be safe, and will never be free.  We cannot continue to blame class, race, religion or a political party; doing so merely distracts us from the work we need to do. We the people are still sovereign, and we are quite capable of wresting our future away from the hands of those that wish to destroy it.

It will take time, effort, and dedicated hard work to turn this country around, but as a free people we already know how to do that, don’t we? Time to roll up our sleeves, folks.

 “Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th American President

“God gave us two ends – one to sit on and one to think with.  Success depends
on which one you use.  Head you win, tail you lose”.  Author Unknown

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