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    Conservatives think that no real man would want to be handed anything; he'd do it for himself or do without.  Conservatives think that GI would be shamed and horrified to come home after a long and bitter war for freedom to find his country smothered under mass-produced government-subsidized tract housing and state-owned transportation infrastructure, to be reduced to a consumer going to shops full of price-controlled and FDA-approved food, to go to a government school at taxpayer expense to learn to be a union thug, and so on.  He didn't beat the Nazis in order to see the Communists take over.

    In conservative land, nothing can take the place of pride: not food, not shelter, not security, not even life itself.  Oh, those decadent and enervated European liberals might live in an earthly paradise, but they're dead inside: shuffling through a life dictated by bureaucrats and communist intellectuals.

    I've heard conservatives argue that the reason black people wallow in generational poverty and the deprivations of the ghetto is because no-one can value things - from public education, to affirmative action jobs, to food stamps, to Section 8 housing, to free treatment in the emergency room - that were simply given to them and will continue to be given no matter how low black people sink ... and given out of liberals' racist belief that they can't make it on their own.

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