“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”
― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law
May I ask you to please read the above quote … again? So when we-the-people object to a socialist government mandated health care system, and it is touted that we are ready to push gramma over the cliff, the distinction between society and government is null. When the socialists find more and more uses for our money, more and more programs to exercise increased numbers of regulations, and more and more excuses for undisciplined spending, they have failed to yield to the society’s need for self-action.
What Socialism fails to comprehend is the very nature of mankind. Humans need a PURPOSE to survive. Without that purpose, we shrivel and die. There is no reason to get up in the morning. No reason to take care of myself or anything I “have.” If I have earned nothing, CAN earn nothing, and I am given a house, but don’t know how to make it a HOME, will I really TRY? No, no reason to work, no reason to care, no reason to try. If I receive the same compensation whether I work or not, why would I work? If I own the same property whether I purchase it with “my” money or the state provides it, why would I work at it?
Just because I do not want Obamacare, does that mean I want to throw gramma over the cliff? Heck no! I just want her to make her own choices with her health care professionals. Just because I don’t think the government is the best source for regulating education, doesn’t mean I want everyone to be uneducated. Rather, I’d like the NEA and others educators to validate individual differences rather than trying to make us all clones! Just because I dislike the degree to which the government is now reaching into my livingroom & bedroom, doesn’t mean security measures are not necessary. However, more responsible, more effective, and more cost effective methods are available but beyond the political veil. The choices for how we live our lives from beginning to end do not belong to the Government! How I live is MY choice! How I fund my life is my choice! how I manage my funds is MY choice … and if I mess up, um … guess what! It’s MY fault, but indeed, that’s what church emergency funds or the Red Cross or Salvation Army funds are for! To bail me out in an “EMERGENCY!” But that’s also what friends and family are for!
Government cannot take the place of a morally conscious society. There is a vast difference between increased taxes to support increased numbers of Americans on welfare and food stamps, and individual Americans donating time, energy, and money to help their neighbors. The former is Socialism and removes the individual responsibility to “CARE” from society and places it on government! Which is more effective? NO QUESTION! The individual who donates time at the homeless shelter, the family that helps at the food bank, the teens who distribute blankets and coffee under the local “bridge,” the teacher who donates her time teaching adults to read … and many, many, many more! THESE are the compassionate ones in our nation. A Government cannot be “compassionate!”
“Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness…” Paine argues that government is put in place to protect us from our baser selves.”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns [or taxes] to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral, self-righteous, bullying laziness.
“People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.” ~ Penn Jillette (a prominent atheist)
Now, if only other clerics, other leaders, other Americans would apprehend this simple TRUTH!