Response to OneTenthofOnePercent (Reply #5)
Sun May 13, 2012, 12:09 PM
TahitiNut (71,568 posts)
19. Yes, an 'entitlement' is an interest or perquisite that exists solely by virtue of law.
Without question, any 'right' or 'interest' or 'ownership' or 'privilege' that is solely a creature of government fiat, law, and the state enforcement thereof is an entitlement.
More interesting to me is the degree to which right-wingers (whigs) are invested in virtually every entitlement ever invented by man, including title to intangible property (e.g. stock, bonds, derivatives), title to tangible property (e.g. two Cadillacs), title to real property, titles of inheritance, and authoritarian/autocratic titles such as CEO, Prince, Duke (Cunningham?), King (Saud?), or even Fellow. Absolutely none of these exist in Nature and few exist in equity. The notion that we can leave 'our' Real Estate unattended and even unvisited and rely upon police state powers to ensure that our entitlement to the use or disposition of that real estate at all times in the future is so ordinary that we fail to recall Pennsylvania as an entitlement conferred upon William Penn by the King of England (who never himself acquired those lands under their then-existing laws or conventions) to all lands between two latitudes and extending west to a then-unlimited extent. Indeed, even the parceling out of the western hemisphere to the titled heads of England, France, and Spain by the Pope was an entitlement.
The entitlement of the aristocracy to rape any bride in their domain on her wedding night is another example.
What I believe 'offends' the reich-wing is not an entitlement per se, but that the hoi polloi has any entitlement. God forbid that the government create and enforce any right or privilege to which a poor person can benefit!!
What a fuckling morally bankrupt thing to be: Republican.
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