Free stuff versus freedom

From Human Events:

A widely-repeated one-sentence analysis of the 2012 election is that it represented the triumph of “free stuff over freedom.”  I think that’s not quite accurate.  Actual dependency on free stuff – the difficulty of “running against Santa Claus,” as Rush Limbaugh put it on the radio Wednesday – is a problem, but not the full scope of the problem.  It’s really a battle of irresponsibility vs. freedom.

There are different ways to be irresponsible.  It’s not just the willful, childish refusal to attend to duties and take responsibility for the consequences of actions.  Irresponsibility can be a product of ignorance, too, or more precisely the inability to fully comprehend the consequences of actions.  This incomprehension is deliberately cultivated by those who profit from irresponsible behavior.

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