You Owe Me!

Growing up, at one point in our lives, we have met someone we viewed as a snobby rich brat who was given everything to them on a silver spoon by their parents or family.  Did those snobs need it?  No, but they demanded it and received whatever their hearts desired.  Over time this attitude has filtered down to the government giving handouts creating the same attitude as those snobby brats.

Politicians have reinforced this mentality by campaigning to those in need preaching of sharing the wealth, internet should be free for everyone, the government will pay for your housing, etc.  All of these type campaigns are to gather votes by convincing people they are entitled to these things free of charge.

These attitudes have created the “Entitlement” and “You Owe Me” generations.  This did not happen just overnight.  It has been a change occurring for over twenty years.  Look at the young, then look at their parents; what is tolerated, what is not enforced, or what they demand.  Most children learn from their parents, teachers, coaches and idols; people they look up to.

The lack of consequences for actions contributes to the attitude and breeding of the “me” comes first.  Once upon a time the “me” meant health and wellbeing so the “me” can help take care of others.  Now the “me” stands for give me everything.

Embracing the “me” and entitlement generation has spawn lack of respect for others, lack of social activity, lack of faith and lack of tradition and values.  Somewhere down the line, younger generations have forgotten or not been taught how our freedoms were obtained and how to use those freedoms respectfully and appropriately.

I know for a fact, my family has a long line of serving in the military.  My great-grandfather, my grandfather, and my dad fought and served to protect and maintain the freedoms I enjoy today.  Not because we had to, but because we wanted, my generation has continued the family tradition of serving in our military for the United States of America.

Serving in the military is not mandated, it is strictly voluntary.  However, if you join the military, you are to follow orders, if you are ordered to war, you must go, you follow orders.  You are not entitled to choose to go or not.  This is a risk you take joining the military.  This is what you agreed to do in joining the military.

The entitlement attitude must go and the politicians must stop enabling the entitlement attitude.  If you want something, work for it, earn it.

You have freedoms because of what the flag and anthem represent.  You may THINK your actions towards the flag and anthem is not disrespectful but no matter what you THINK the flag and anthem represent the people who fought for your freedoms.  You said you support our military yet you kneel during the flag raising and the anthem; you are, no matter your opinion, disrespecting everything that flag and anthem stand for.

If you need help, ask for it, but continue to work towards bettering yourself and your family.  Just because you are given help does not mean you need to stop doing what you can to improve your situation.  This is can be a beginning of changing the attitude in our society.

The entitlement attitude did not happen overnight, it cannot be changed overnight.  Teaching respect, teaching appropriate behavior, and teaching to care for others is a start.  Don’t wait, start now.

R martin

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