ENTITLEMENT

9/18/2016

Somewhere in the human brain, a collection of neurons exist that convince the individual that they are owed something for either their accomplishments or their heritage. Historically, humans have promised other humans some type of reward in exchange for a favor. Fortunately, some verbal contracts are honored. Unfortunately, most deals are blatantly ignored or are misunderstood. These situations end up with bitter parties, legal recourse, pummeled plaintiffs, and dead defendants. The armies of attorneys make a comfortable living representing both sides and the undertakers stay busy with the losers. Some examples of entitlement in American history are: 1. The indigenous people (Indians) who lost their lands, even with signed treaties with the U.S. government. 2. The 1932 Bonus Army. Due to the depression, these WWI veterans were looking to get paid early for their war service. They were met with an assault by Washington DC police who killed 2 veterans. Immediately after that, Gen. MacArthur marched his infantry into their encampment, along with six tanks commanded by Major George Patten, after President Hoover told them to stand down. The ensuing melee resulted in the Bonus Army’s camp being burned to the ground, 55 veterans injured, 135 arrested and a 12-year-old boy dead. The U.S. constitution clearly emphasizes freedom of religion and the right to bear arms. However, the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas, lost 82 members in a standoff with the ATF and FBI. Many more examples exist. The list of these atrocities could fill a library. There are always two sides to a story; but if you are looking for any kind of entitlement from your government, regardless of which type of government it is, caution is highly advised. You may want to disable that persistent part of the brain that causes you to pursue your rightful prerogative, or your entitlement may come in the form of three ounces of lead, traveling in excess of 1000 feet per second, right at your chest cavity.

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