Tolerance is a virtue and I hope that as I have grown older I have become more tolerant from the time when I was attending the RNZAF Command & Staff College where my opinions had me labelled as being to the right of Genghis Khan.
But why should I be tolerant of parents who shun parental responsibility?
And why should I be tolerant of those who blame criminal behaviour on their upbringing?
Why should I be tolerant of immigrants who do not want to assimilate into mainstream New Zealand society?
Why should I tolerate a tax system open to rorting?
Why should I be tolerant of a sub-standard education system designed to legitimise failure?
Why should I tolerate those who think that Government knows best?
Why should I be tolerant of those who think socialism is the answer?
Why should I be tolerant of beneficiaries who abuse the system?
Why should I be tolerant of the so called financial whiz kids whose mismanagement cost ordinary Kiwis hundreds of millions of dollars?
Why should I be tolerant of a society that makes ordinary law abiding persons who pay their taxes and sacrifice much to give their children the best start possible in life feel like an endangered species?
Tolerant yes, but tolerance has its limits.