By Liberty Report Staff
Have you ever noticed how many experts there are on "American values"? These characters are everywhere. They're always telling us about their laundry list of "American values."
One value that never happens to make the list is the unique American idea that set this country apart from all others --- Liberty.
Instead, the term "American values" has been turned into a partisan grab bag of everything that is un-American.
Paul Krugman of the New York Times has a funny one for us in his latest screed about "American values". Check out Krugman's definition of America:
More fundamentally, what makes America America is that it is built around an idea: the idea that all men are created equal, and are entitled to basic human rights.
That's a total contradiction.
First let's start with "All men are created equal."
That statement was a revolutionary statement at the time that it was written in 1776.
Kings were presumed and believed to be divine. The King and his progeny were privileged by birth. To be thought of as divine is quite a special privilege, no?
The King would also grant privileges to his cronies. He'd create monopolies, and grant subsidies to his buddies.
If you weren't born into the right family, your life was fixed from the moment you took your first breath. Men were certainly not equal under the law.
America, on the other hand, was founded on the idea that all men were created equal in the sense that no one is born with special privileges and is not entitled simply by being alive.
This was revolutionary thinking.
It was (at the time) considered treasonous, and extremist.
Sadly, people are still having a hard time with accepting this very basic fact of life.
Which brings us back to Paul Krugman...
Krugman pays lip service to the fact that "all men are created equal" but then goes off the rails by saying we "are entitled to basic human rights."
No we're not!
The word "entitled" means "believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment."
How can men be both "equal" and "entitled"?
Unfortunately, America has morphed from a land of liberty and no special privileges to one of infinite entitlements.
Everyone has their pet entitlement that they believe they have a "right" to.
The American government is now (by far) the biggest and most violent government on the face of the earth. Remember, government doesn't create or produce anything. Everything that it "gives," it must first steal from someone else.
In order to sustain the gimme...gimme...gimme's that are always pouring, it has to go on a global rampage in an attempt to put everyone under its thumb.
Ultimately, this house of cards will collapse on itself. The promises will not be kept, and there will be a lot of disappointed people who believe their "entitled" to what they were promised.
At that point, will enough Americans choose a philosophy of all men are equal with no special privileges and entitlements?
We better hope so (and must help to make it so).
Otherwise, it's not going to be pretty.