One of the problems with the raging liberalism in this country is the false sense of entitlement it breeds. Liberals want “free” everything, from healthcare to education. Liberals claim that health care and education are “rights” despite there being nothing in the Constitution (you know, that pesky piece of paper that outlines our Rights) about either health care or education. In addition to these things not being rights, there is another huge problem… nothing is free! Someone has to pay the doctors and hospitals for their services. Someone has to pay the teachers and for the books. All of these things don’t just materialize out of thin air.
This idea that people are entitled to all of this free stuff is not limited to getting things from the government. When I am not ranting on here about politics I am a professional photographer. This past weekend my step-son was in a school play; of course, I took photos. I put the photos of the play online (in a password protected web gallery, with the “download file” option turned off and the “Right Click to Save” option disabled) for other parents to buy prints at a substantial discount from my normal rates and furthermore offered to give back 15% of profits to the drama club. One parent stole a photo from the web gallery, cropped my watermark out and then shared it on Facebook with some photos she took. She must have done a screen capture since there was no legitimate way to download the file from the gallery. This constitutes criminal theft of services… possibly a felony. I know the parent in question. She is a raving liberal. It makes perfect sense to me that she would not think she did anything wrong… afterall she is entitled to the photo of her child. Taking advantage of my hard work is not something this woman is entitled to!
Now some people might say, “Aren’t you being a bit hypocritical since you use a lot of photos on this website that are not your own?” It’s true that I use other people’s photos on this site. When writing about a particular topic I do a Google image search and find a publicly available photo and never present it as my own. My using publicly available photos here is covered under the “Fair Use” section of copyright law.