Brian you have some good points but I have one question. You say self-reliance and non-entitlement are conservative principles, why? To me those are American principles that are steadily becoming forgotten. It is my understanding that the founding fathers belonged to no party yet those principles were key to them. What changed, how, and why?
You couldn't be more right that people need to man up and be responsible for themselves and their actions, I just don't see how those ideas can belong to a certain group.
The liberals have abandoned those ideas. Instead, it has become this misguided idea of fairness, of equal outcome instead of equal opportunity. The left believes only the government can distribute wealth fairly. Only they can pick the winners and losers. Only they are able to create a common good. The left's dream of big government, huge taxes and myriads of regulations are what they believe makes a utopian society. Only they can save you from the greedy, the racists, the sexists. It is the exact opposite of self-reliance. They have built this entire concept and are forcing it down our throats.
Just look at the current administration. It has been all about bigger government, more entitlement and picking who gets to win. And they are extremely liberal.
The how and why would never fit in a paragraph.