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Have and Have-Nots

Some members of American society brand the social classes with the terms, “the Haves” and the “Have-nots“. Not only is this overly simplistic, but it is downright absurd. Founded on a free-market economy in a democratic republic, surely in this society man’s income is not handed to him, social class not determined for him, and fate not fulfilled by the government for him. No primogeniture or feudal system oppressing the citizens exists; instead, a constitution ensuring equal opportunity for all. Equal results are not guaranteed. Those who are mindless, weak, and dependent on others to live their lives must have government dictate their life for them. Fueled by one’s own desire, one must fulfill his or her own destiny. American society allows for this lifestyle; moreover, encourages it; every citizen has the choice to be a Have or Have-not. And it is up to the individual to decide if having or not having is important at all. Man must decide this for himself, for only he knows the right answer, not the government. Therefore social class cannot be determined by one’s material possessions but by his or her mind and heart. There is no difference between the Haves and Have-nots other than their material possessions.