As I watched the movie McLintock for the first time, there was a scene I particularly enjoyed more than most. I'll try to paint an accurate picture for you and share the lesson learned. A young man needed a job to help support his mother and sister. McLintock (John Wayne) owned just about everything in town. After having asked McLintock for a job more than once, the young man decided not to ask any more rather than beg, advice offered him by the town bum. "It always works for me" he says in a mumble.
The young man finally explains his plight to McLintock and in exchange is finally offered employment. The hobo, standing nearby, smiles at the young man in an "I told you so" manner. Flustered with the feelings of having had begged for the job, the young man took a swing at McLintock. He missed and was sent flying against a horse and to the ground he fell.
McLintock appeared surprised and announced he had never been thanked for a job offer with an attempt to punch him in the mouth. The young man apogized and explained he had never begged for anything in his life. The begging left a queeziness in his belly that he just didn't like and so he attempted to punch McLintock for making him feel he had to stoop to such a level. The young man said he had always worked for everything he had and had never been "given" anything. He turned and began to walk away, again, unemployed.
|Wife misbehavin'? Just spank her! Worked for John.|
In my opinion, it was the young man's perserverence that earned him the "opportunity" of employment. It was also made clear that if the job wasn't done to satisfaction, the employment would cease. The parameters of the relationship were "cut and dry". Do your work, receive your compensation. The exact opposite of what is going on in America today. The Land of Opportunity has become The Land of Entitlement.
Too many people have been compensated for NOT performing a satisfactory job. In fact, one in seven Americans are now receiving food stamps to help buy their food. Inability to perform a job properly leads to loss of job. Loss of job can lead to loss of self respect. Loss of self respect leads some people to turn to violence in order to falsely gain respect. Young thugs wield guns as a means of demaning respect from victims.
And here we are...2011. Violence breaking out all over back east because so many people have lost their self respect by being raised generation after generation on government welfare. The government is out of money and entitlements are on the verge of going the way of the wild west. Once entitlements are gone there will be a tidal wave of self realization among millions of Americans. Sink or swim. Fight or flight. Do it yourself or take it from someone else.
I've never had entitlements and have prepared for hard times for my family. I'll help whomever asks and deserves it...but I'll remember this famous John Wayne quote:
"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand upon. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them." - The Shootist, 1976
I don't know of anyone like John Wayne these days. Very sad.
Do YOU have a favorite John Wayne movie or quote?