‘No’ is often the right response, even in politics
NO, NO, NO.
“No” is one of the first words new parents need to learn if they are to avoid raising a spoiled brat. No, you can’t play with your food. No you can’t hit your brother. No you can’t have everything on the grocery shelf. Sometimes “no” needs to be reinforced with a slap on the hand.
Failing to do so will cause your offspring to become good little Democrats. They will believe that they and others are entitled to eat when they feel like it. Entitled to drive through the neighborhood fast. Entitled to take someone else’s newspaper. Entitled to “free” lunches. Entitled to “free” health care. Entitled to endless unemployment benefits. Entitled to security in their old age.
In other words, entitled to spend others’ money on whatever they choose. Entitled to indebt our children and our grandchildren. Entitled to raise our food and energy costs to pay some of the bill.
We all wish to see our children have even better lives than we have had. We want nothing but the best for them. But we somehow forgot to use the word “no” and mean it. In short, some of us have created little socialists, many of whom didn’t grow out of it.
No, a slap on the hand is not child abuse. No, you aren’t entitled to violate the laws in your neighborhood. No, you aren’t entitled to spend others’ money to satisfy yourself. No, you aren’t entitled to “free” health care. No, this doesn’t mean that we can’t help those who truly need it. No, this doesn’t mean that we don’t have alternate solutions to real problems.
I, for one, am proud to be a conservative in the Party of “NO.”
Winter Park Highlands
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