Are you entitled to post this extra post..

Warning: this is an OP/ED page blog posting. Read at your own discretion.

This blog was prompted by watching the 10 pm news one night following Hurricane Irene’s trip through the eastern seaboard on the United States.  Things are just wrong in this country on a fundamental level. Whether it is what I’ve heard called the Disneyfication of America or just the expectation that somebody will take care of you. Let’s get to the heart of the matter that has caused this rant.

So class, open you books to chapter (Things That Bother Me So).  In this Chapter our hero faces the sirens from the Odyssey and manages to keep his ship off the rocks (mostly). My DW and I were watching the local NYC news on Fox that night.  One of the lead stories besides the flooding in the area was that the power was still out to some large number of customers on Long Island (and elsewhere, mind you). Then the anchors go to the remote location where the reporter de jour tells us what is happening and then does an impromptu interview with the man/women/crazy person on the street.

So we get our background story from the reporter, the same story that they have been telling for the last four days. LIPA has not restored the power on Long Island, people are inconvenienced and angry. Then the man on the street interview starts. Two women are being interviewed. They are white, average looking (not models or trailer trash). They are probably in their late 30’s or early 40’s. So the reporter asks them about the power being out and how they are doing. These two ladies went off like a firecracker. They were angry that their power was not yet restored. Their reason for being angry, besides that it was still dark?  They were angry because they live in the two counties of New York, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, that pay the highest property taxes in the United States and how could they not have their power restored first? 

Entitled, they were entitled to have their power restored first. Nevermind any other factors. Entitled.  They pay the highest taxes, so how could they not be entitled? That attitude set off a bell or a light bulb in my head. Suddenly many things I have seen, heard or been repulsed by, were explained. Entitled, pure and simple. Not the do on to others or treat your neighbor like yourself. Entitled. Yuck!

Not exactly the message we are trying to teach our children, at least our children.

Back to your regularly scheduled program.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christina
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 10:01:10



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