Aside from the very perplexing contradiction of folks on the Left claiming that they are not socialists but then supporting increased taxes on the rich in order to increase transfer payments to the poor, I think that most people on the Left and Right generally agree on some basic things:
- Do well in school
- Be kind to others
- Work hard
- Pay for what you take
- Return what you borrow
I suspect that I’m not unlike many other Liberal families that teach their kids these basic time tested tenants. In fact, it’s parenting 101. Much of it is taught without even being realized, and other, specifically taught on purpose.
My dad gave me a job on my 10th birthday. He did that on purpose Later, when I was older, he bought me a lawn mower and with it, gasoline and oil. I mowed what seemed like the whole of our street. Again, he did that on purpose.
As a younger child, I would draw silly simple Crayon sketches, glue some Popsicle sticks around them as frames and go knock on all the old people’s doors to sell ’em. Dad saw the money and became very angry. This was a lesson that I’m sure he didn’t realize he was teaching.
The point is, we teach our children to be productive responsible people. Often times, that lesson includes allowing the child to do without.
Again, dad. I called him explaining that my heating bill was due and I needed the money. He agreed to send me $20. Neither the amount nor the USPS was gonna be good enough. His response; “Work it out”.
And through all of this, we were taught as kids to give. We often contributed to the offering plate at church. We always collected quarters on those quarter charts. Even now, my kids are squarely instructed in charity and the tender mercies of giving.
I firmly believe that all of these things are taught by conservative parents and by liberal parents. Take care of yourself and take care of others.
What I don’t understand is why Liberals don’t expect that of other people; specifically other adults.
In short, it is simply NOT okay to live off the productive life of another human being.
I don’t teach my kids that and I don’t expect YOU to teach your kids that so why would I allow that behavior to permeate society?
This I don’t understand.