A misplaced patriotism

It seems that many have expectations about what is due them as a right. Thomas Sowell describes one of these newly invented or desired rights in the Washington Times.

With all the various groups who act as if they have a right to win, we got to the present situation over the years, going back to the 1960s, where the idea started gaining acceptance that people who felt aggrieved don’t have to follow the rules or even the law.

“No justice, no peace!” was a slogan that found resonance. Like so many slogans, it sounds good if you don’t stop and think – and awful if you do.

Almost by definition, everybody thinks their cause is just. Does that mean nobody has to obey the rules? That is called anarchy.

The most recent episode is the reaction to the passing of Proposition 8 in the recent California elections. Another that keeps coming up to explain current politics is the Florida vote brouhaha in the 2000 presidential election. The latest presidential election also has some flavor of this from the perspective of an anticipated reaction, a projection if you will, rather than a realization.

Remember that story about when Clinton was elected and the response to a formation of jets flying over? ‘Their ours now’ shows just how deep this obligation of a right is felt and how much it means. It seems to be a misplaced patriotism.

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