Act like a mob and be marginalized
Entitlement has many definitions; the one most used today is for programs such as Social Security, Medicare or, more recently, health care reform. In this case, to be “entitled” is to be qualified or to have met certain requirements.
Many people get upset or even indignant when entitlement programs are mentioned, as they fear more of their income and freedoms will be taken. This is a rational but not always based in fact reaction.
Entitlement can also be defined as having the right or superior position in decision making, as in “I am your father, I know what is best for you, so listen to me.” Lately our paper is littered with letters of this genre. This form of entitlement often is followed by anger and retribution when ignored. This has been experienced by members of Congress just this week.
We had an election in 2009 that put one party in control of the White House and Congress, much to some folks’ dismay, and with that came the ability to enact laws with or without bipartisan approval. It is not Un-American, Socialist, Unconstitutional or any other derogatory terms cooked up by someone with control issues—just a fact. You are entitled to your opinion (First Amendment) as long as you are civil. Behave like a leader and you may lead, act like a mob, and be marginalized.
S. J. Mehaffey