I don't believe it possible to say it with any greater eloquence than the above quote laid out by Penn Jillette. There is a vast difference between compassion, and forcing others to be compassionate on your behalf. Government Largess ostensibly for humanitarian reasons, no matter how well intentioned by the sincere advocates of that policy, is nothing more than a self righteous bullying laziness. One of the great epiphanies that I've made, after seeing America twice elect to our highest office the single least qualified person in any room that he enters, is that the pop culture and use of our language is indeed of major importance in our national debate. It is the use of the language and the pop culture that has allowed the political left to claim the moral high ground on social issues. They have achieved this long held goal of theirs, despite the fact the there is not one single piece of their argument which would make this state of perceived moral superiority deserved. They have successfully redefined terms, objectives, and values, all in order to obfuscate truth in a manner I still find hard to believe.
For those of you who believe that the pop culture is not important, I would submit that you are more than just wrong, but delusional as well. In every Presidential election America has ever had, it has been the pop culture of the day that has determined the winner. For some reason, we on the political right have been so busy working on our eloquence in presenting arguments to the arena of ideas, we've forgotten the most important rule in winning debate. Cool kids win regardless of how well they've debated. Andrew Breitbart knew this secret, Greg Guttfeld understands it, Michelle Malkin sees it, and Penn Jillette is the absolute master of it.
People don't buy the Socialist Dystopian nightmare because they wish to inflict its ravages upon themselves and others, they buy it because caring is sexy. They buy it because they can point to their bigger hearts, and point us out as animals ready to kick puppy dogs and push granny off of the proverbial cliff. The message is a lie however, and we must find a way to attack that lie with something other than whining complaint. Our message is cool. We want each person to have the freedom to determine for themselves what they want out of life, and to afford them the opportunity to achieve that, without the choking constriction of government opposition. More appealing than the constant class warfare, is the truth that a free market economic system allows unfettered class mobility, for all who desire to avail themselves of such. We don't bend our knees to royalty, since all men are created equal.