While the economic situation in America may still be dire, the civil unrest and panic is nowhere near that of Europe, and there’s a reason for that.
Americans aren’t different people, but they have a different attitude. While Europeans — and even North American elites — have scoffed at the individualistic society that America has built, often times besmirching it as reckless greed and extravagance, we are now seeing that the pursuit of happiness is a good motto to hold the seams of society together.
The European entitlement model and culture seemed promising at the outset. Who wouldn’t want the government paying for you to live? Cradle-to-grave nanny state care looked like it would lead to a better life than those poor, forsaken, worn out Americans and their “careers.” Who really needs to get up at 5am to go to the office when you can just sit at home in a bubble bath and get high? And best of all, you will still make money!
One would have to be ignorant or stupid to not notice the dire consequences of the ideas embraced by Europe over the past couple of decades. Socialism promised them the world, and now they are the embarrassment of the world. The riots and chaos in the streets of London aren’t the doings of a few select hoodlums, it is the result of the utopian dream that their government promised them years ago.
The statist model, while being said by the “experts” to be the answer to the fluctuation and constant uncertainty of a market based economy, is really a recipe not just for economic disaster, but cultural degradation as well.
So, why is it that there aren’t riots in the streets of America? Because they have avoided the temptation to dive into the pool of entitlements.
Those ridiculous Americans resisted the urge to fall for the false promise of free healthcare, education, and housing. The Europeans took the bait, hook, line and sinker.
Europeans laughed at the U.S.A for working so hard to contribute to their society. America was a violent society because they had guns in their trucks. I bet New York City is laughing at the notion that Americans are the violent ones, as they watch London burn.
The rugged individualism that is engrained in most Americans from birth has kept the red white and blue out of the red. The idea that you are in control of your own destiny is one that has kept their society afloat. You sink or swim on your own hard work and determination. That is what has saved America from all the civil unrest that Europe is facing. Europeans thought they were living the sweet life, and they thought they would live it in perpetuity, but they were lied to.
While Europeans protest budget cuts in the streets by damaging property and setting fires, Americans are also taking to the streets in protest, but their signs read “Let me pay my own mortgage”. Nobody gets killed at a tea party rally either, and the Sony outlets are still in tact. Europeans are still asking for more and more and more, even when there are no more handouts left over in the goodie bag. Americans are asking for less, and just want to be left alone.
There is no escaping the fact that this economic downturn was a global one, and nobody has escaped its wrath, not even the mighty America. But there is one stark difference to the reactions of these two societies. One sits back and asks for more and more, the other gets up in the morning, and strives to be better and better.
Until Europeans learn that it is their own entitlement culture, and the willingness of their leaders to continue to feed it, that has been the root cause of all their troubles, they will never fix their problems. Luckily, it seems that their leaders have realized that the night is late, and the bill for their fancy dinner has come due.