Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker
Decades of socialist/progressive indoctrination in our schools, media, and culture, plus six years of Obama, have yielded a devastating unspoken consequence. It is the loss of who we use to be as Americans.
In his 1961 Inaugural Address, President John F. Kennedy said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Democrats have perverted Kennedy’s inspiring challenge. Their dispiriting goal is to have as many Americans as possible controlled by and dependent on government, even for life itself, which is at the root of ObamaCare.
I mourn the loss of the independent, self-reliant mindset that made our parents great, and of the pride and dignity it generated within them. Welfare (government assistance) was a last resort and for the truly needy.
Today, far too many Americans see no shame in living on government assistance or scamming the system. The left’s campaign, led by the Obama administration, to instill an entitlement mindset in many has proven successful. The administration even campaigned targeting minorities, discouraging their instinct to be self-reliant. Even worse, the administration portrays getting on welfare as the honorable thing to do. Dear Lord, what kind of nation are we becoming?