I was reading through some of the articles and stories about Margaret Thatcher this morning and a quote from the iconic former Prime Minister jumped out at me. It’s a quote I think we Mississippi conservatives should pay close attention to as we continue having discussions about Medicaid expansion and reauthorization. But it also fits the ongoing argument over open carry, and many other discussions we find ourselves in right now.
I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the Government’s job to cope with it. “I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.” “I’m homeless, the Government must house me.” They’re casting their problems on society. And you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbors. People have got their entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There is no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.
This quote in a nutshell wraps up the difference between the liberal and conservative positions.