Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant accidentally stumbled on the major problem of the Democrat Party: Not only do endless government handouts and entitlements not work fiscally, they act to create a culture of dependence, squashing individuals' "growth" while stifling their own "dreams and ambitions."
In other words, endless handouts and entitlements are morally wrong.
In a letter to his 17-year-old self, published in the Player’s Tribune, the 37-year-old former Laker advises his younger self on the cusp of achieving his dreams to “invest” in the futures of those around him, not “give” them free stuff.
When your Laker dream comes true tomorrow, you need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some time to think on it further.
I said INVEST.
I did not say GIVE.
By giving away unearned monetary and material gifts to his family and friends, the hoop star explains that he was only “holding them back.”
“But the day will come when you realize that as much as you believed you were doing the right thing, you were actually holding them back,” wrote Bryant.
"But the day will come when you realize that as much as you believed you were doing the right thing, you were actually holding them back."
-Kobe Bryant, on giving versus investing in his family
Bryant also admits that giving away such gifts was an “extremely selfish” act, a way to make himself “feel good” while only “eating away” at the “dreams and ambitions” of those he loved.
“You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you,” writes Bryant. “While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth."
"You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth."
Bryant notes that his family and friends became addicted to the free goods--not uncommon to the multitude of Americans whom Democrats prey on, becoming addicted to government handouts.
“I’m writing you now so that you can begin this process immediately, and so that you don’t have to deal with the hurt and struggle of weaning them off of the addiction that you facilitated,” stated Bryant.
“As time goes on, you will see them grow independently and have their own ambitions and their own lives,” he added.
Of course, everything Bryant is warning against is exactly what the Democratic Party stands for. Democrats are the party of Big Government, handouts and entitlements. The prescriptions of limitless public assistance to able bodies, "free" healthcare, "free" college, "free" birth control, and so on, only act to stifle independence and crush personal ambitions and dreams, just as Bryant figured out first hand with his family.
But Democrats won't take note. Why would they when their votes depend on this morally bankrupt platform?