Poor Bill O’Reilly just can’t understand why people have been calling him a racist. I mean, just because he thinks people of color are moochers who elected President Obama because he’s willing to give them “stuff,” well, that’s just telling the truth, O’Reilly insists. Tonight, in yet another iteration of his “Obama supporters are not the traditional (white) Americans but just want stuff” Talking Points, he let it be known that these people of color non-traditional Americans are an actual threat to the country's well being.
The title of his commentary said it all: How the Entitlement Society Makes America Weaker. As I’ve previously written, O’Reilly has explicitly equated “entitlement society” with “people of color.”
Once again, O’Reilly played the victim for “telling the truth.”
The committed-left media is furious, furious! That people like me are telling Americans the truth that the USA is becoming an entitlement society and that helped President Obama win re-election.
Once again, O’Reilly made it clear just who he thinks is responsible for the “entitlement society.” He cited statistics about numbers of Americans on disability and “some kind of entitlement outside of Medicare and Social Security” before saying:
In 1992 the black unemployment rate was 14.3%. In 2012, this year, the black unemployment rate is 14.3% - exactly the same! In Hispanic precincts, the situation is similar. So this is about a dramatic change that is overwhelming the United States of America, not economic malaise. When you have more than one hundred million Americans living in a home receiving stuff from the government – again, outside of Medicare and Social Security… then you have a large dependence on the federal government.
The implication was obvious: African Americans and Hispanics don’t want to work. But in case you missed it, O’Reilly made his animosity a bit more overt:
And what does that do? Well, it saps motivation. Why bust your tail when the feds will give you enough to get by? America became great because of individual self-reliance… Everyday Americans empowered this nation, not the federal and state governments. They’re in place to protect us and see that social order is kept, not to provide cradle to grave security. The founding fathers did not want that. The Democratic Party… want(s) voters dependent on the government. The result? $16 trillion in debt, an awful economy and a growing population that lacks ambition. This is a road to disaster.
But the bad news for O’Reilly is that we’re all dependent on the government in this modern day, including him. His food and other goods come to him via government-maintained roads and regulated air and train transport. If he checks the weather report before going to the beach, he probably has become “dependent” on the National Weather Service. If he ever goes to any public beach, the government probably cares for it. If he does research for his books, chances are he depends on a public library to maintain and archive the materials he uses. You get the picture - even if O'Reilly doesn't.
If O’Reilly really wanted to prove that entitlements are bad for society, he could host a real expert who has studied the issue and has alternatives to suggest beyond just telling people that doing with less is character building – while guys like O’Reilly whine that they deserve more from society in the way of tax benefits.
Agree entirely, adding that the socially responsible – not least, the most Christ-like – solution is NOT to eliminate the system but rather to IMPROVE it through better oversight. IOW, the aim should be to close the doors to the abusers NOT to close down the mechanisms aimed at assuring the prosperity of healthy, hence secure societies.
The fundamental principle may be summarised as follows: Those who are able (aka successful) should realise that it is in their own interest to perceive themselves as honor-bound to care for their fellows, especially when the latter are unable to care for themselves.
If I remember correctly, this fundamental principle is enshrined as one of the ten commandments of Christianity (upper case intended).