A Nation of Free Men or Free Things, by Daniel Greenfield.
The 2020 Democrat primaries are underway with candidate after candidate promising a nation, not of free people, but of free things.
Free college, free health care and free everything else. Even for illegal aliens.
Of course there’s a price to pay.
You get free health care by giving up the freedom to pick your own health care. You get free education, but the indoctrination is the price. …
The left’s auction of free stuff requires ever bigger government:
There is a big difference between a free country and a country of free things. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. A free country isn’t obsessed with free riders, only a country of free things obsesses with making everyone pay their fair share for the benefit of the people who want the free things. The rugged individualism of Colonial America has given way to stifling crowds, co-dependent on each other, lined shoulder to shoulder, clutching at each other’s wallets, crying, “Take from him and give to me.”
We are a nation overflowing with the right to things paid for with other people’s money. A nation where the government gives you food, housing and education …
JFK’s famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” was always a hollow lie. Half the country is expected to ask what their country can do for them, while the other half is expected to ask what they can do for their country.
This simmering civil war is often pegged as a class war, but it isn’t about class. There are billionaires and paupers on both sides, and the divide cuts across the Middle Class, dividing those who derive their income from private business from those who receive it from government and government-subsidized employment.