Getting It Backwards

Liberals always put the cart before the horse. They think children must have self esteem before they can successfully complete a task. They believe consumer spending results in business expansion and new jobs. They probably believe the British rioters looted and burned because the British government has not given them enough free stuff. The truth is that self esteem comes from success at completing tasks, business expansion and new jobs are the required pre-condition for consumer spending by all but the idle rich, and the British rioters did what they did because the British government has given too much to them and expected too little from them.

A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them. If you would have them be brothers, have them build a tower. But if you would have them hate each other, throw them corn.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [on-twon duh son-tig zwu-pay-br-wee] 1900-1944, WW II French Aviator on the Allied and Free French side.  From his book, The Wisdom of The Sands.

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