There is a big difference between a free country and a country of free things. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. A free country isn’t obsessed with free riders, only a country of free things obsesses with making everyone pay their fair share for the benefit of the people who want the free things. The rugged individualism of Colonial America has given way to stifling crowds, co-dependent on each other, lined shoulder to shoulder, clutching at each other’s wallets, crying, “Take from him and give to me.”
We are a nation overflowing with the right to things paid for with other people’s money. A nation where the government gives you food, housing and education; while Walmart gives you cheap products made in China, that used to be made in America, back when people were able to afford health care, housing and food without having to pick each other’s pockets.
You can have one, or you can have the other. I've remarked in the past that the Left fears freedom, because freedom also means RESPONSIBILITY, and they want none of that. And so they cry to the government to take away their responsibilities. Their obligations to their family and to themselves. And with that, they give away their freedom right alongside the responsibilities that they distain.
And they demand that we free men do the same.