Invasion of the Americanâ€™ts
By: J.J. Jackson
Last week a government employee being paid by the taxpayers showed an attitude that has become prevalent in America. Upset at possibly being assigned to Iraq and actually doing his job, State Department employee Jack Croddy became irate. Ranting about the dangers and how he had a family and whining about who would take care of his children if he were killed, Mr. Croddy displayed the prime trait of the Americanâ€™ts.
Heâ€™s an Americanâ€™t because the job of the State Department is diplomacy which means going to foreign countries some of which are not great Republics like the United Sates. Sometimes, you actually do have to get out from behind your cushy desk and do your job. Perish the thought right?
And what is Mr. Croddy so upset about anyway? We have been told for years that only diplomacy can solve the problems caused by the evil war mongering of the vast neo-con cabal lead by George Bush havenâ€™t we? But when it comes time for some diplomats to actually put up or shut up they do neither. Instead they complain loudly.
Hereâ€™s an idea which may never have crossed Mr. Croddyâ€™s mind. If you donâ€™t want to do your nice, fat government job then quit and head out into the real world where the rest of us live. Does such a thought make you quake? Does losing that nice paycheck granted to you by the taxpayers make your palms sweat as you might actually have to compete and earn a living?
The Americanâ€™ts are, unfortunately, everywhere. They Americanâ€™t do this. They Americanâ€™t do that. Generally speaking whenever they have to do something that might inconvenience them in the slightest they simply Americanâ€™t or Ameriwonâ€™t do it.
Itâ€™s a symptom of a disease that has ravaged America since the time of the Raw Deal and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Americanâ€™ts couldnâ€™t or just simply wouldnâ€™t cope with the curveballs that life often throws at everyone. So the Americanâ€™ts turned to government. And the government gleefully stepped right in.
When the Americanâ€™ts wouldnâ€™t plan for their own retirement, Social Security was instituted. The Americans were punished and forced to pay taxes to cover the Americanâ€™ts rear ends.
When the Americanâ€™ts wouldnâ€™t save for the future and the inevitable increase in medical costs that come with age, Medicare was created. The Americans once again picked up the tab.
When the Americanâ€™ts were down on their luck and struggling as we all do at times, they were greeted with wonderfully contrived entitlements like Welfare. And once again, you guessed it, the Americans got the bill.
When the Americanâ€™ts who operated businesses hit hard times or faced competition they didnâ€™t like or know how to cope with the nanny state was there drooling over the opportunity. From paying farmers not to farm to subsidizing the cost of milk, the quickly dwindling population of Americans was coerced to pay for all that too.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. In 2007 the Americanâ€™ts conservatively received just over sixty cents of every dollar the Americans send to Washington â€œor elseâ€. And over the years since the Americanâ€™ts invaded, many of these Americanâ€™ts have also moved into roles where they can administer this money as well. Itâ€™s a pretty sweet gig. That is, when you donâ€™t have to earn your daily bread by actually working. Right Mr. Croddy?
Today the Americanâ€™ts are even bolder than their ancestors and as is typical of the Americanâ€™ts they have continually found more and more things that they simply canâ€™t do.
Pay for their medical bills? They Americanâ€™t possibly do that. So pay up Americans and cover the cost of their health insurance.
Feed their children? Perish the thought! They Americanâ€™t be bothered! So open up your wallets Americans and pour money into school lunch programs.
Watch what they eat? Heck no! Not the Americanâ€™ts! So theyâ€™ll have government pass laws about what can and cannot be in the food they are consuming enforced by taxpayer dollars from the Americans of course.
Come to the United States legally? What are you? Some kind of vile NAZI for even suggesting that? They Americanâ€™t be asked to wait in line and go through the process. So you Americans had better just get used to the fact that they are here to stay. Oh, and while weâ€™re at it, you have to pay for subsidizing their college tuition.
It is remarkable when someone like French President Nicolas Sarkozy gets it more right than the vast number of people living in the United States. Addressing Congress, he correctly said of our past, â€œAmerica did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who – with their hands, their intelligence and their heart – built the greatest nation in the world, â€˜Come, and everything will be given to you.â€™ She said: â€˜Come, and the only limits to what you’ll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent.â€™â€ He then went even further stating, â€œHere, both the humblest and most illustrious citizens alike know that nothing is owed to them and that everything has to be earned. Thatâ€™s what constitutes the moral value of America.â€œ
Bravo Mr. Sarkozy. Bravo. You might just make a better American than many of our own citizens.
One can only wonder what will be the next demand for the Americanâ€™ts. And one can only wonder how much longer the Americans will be able or willing to support them. There arenâ€™t two Americas as some have suggested. But there are two types of people living in the United States. There are the Americans and then there are the Americanâ€™ts.
Which one are you?
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author who has been writing about America, the Constitution and liberty since 1993. His weekly articles are available at Liberty Reborn.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.