“We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.” – Ronald Reagan
Every day, like vultures circling a fallen prey, they descend upon the centers of political power with their hands outstretched and without a hint of compunction or embarrassment, they beg, lobby, or riot for what they consider to be their “fair” portion of the sweat, blood and tears of those who are successful, self-reliant, responsible and independent. Black, white, tan, red or yellow, these mostly urban beggars and whiners epitomize the Occupy Wall Street crowd that say they aren’t getting their fair share of America’s wealth and demand that those that produce and earn their way, must cough up more in taxes to pay those who won’t work and want something for nothing, using the power of government to get it, in a grand scheme of wealth re-distribution. This “system”, if you can call it that, is socialism by any other name. If they don’t get their way, they resort to violence, property damage and mayhem. This display of “Gimee! Gimee! Gimee!” is disgusting and not worthy of a people who once called themselves free, sovereign and independent. If the Founding Fathers could see us now, they would wonder where they went wrong.
Over the last 50 years, America has spawned at least hall of the population (if not more) as a mindless collective of whiners and takers, egged on by corrupt politicians scrounging for votes to remain in power. The legislatures, local, state and federal, exploit human weakness and greed and can’t wait to rob the public coffers to pay the bloodsuckers for what they have not earned. Government then uses the education system to brainwash the next generation, the court system and law enforcement to intimidate the current generation and passes never-ending social legislation to make the people and their offspring weaker and more dependent.
Unfortunately, these whiners and takers can vote and thus will always vote for the corrupt politician (and there are so many of them, “R’s” and “D’s”) that will keep the “pig trough” full. When the whiners and takers demand more, the corrupt politicians, eager to placate and pander to the rioters and complainers, scream that the rich aren’t paying their fair share and in so doing they are direct contributors to dividing America, with malice aforethought, in a totally unnecessary war of the haves and the have-nots.
“Fair Share!” Let’s talk about fair share! 10% of the top income earners in America pay 70% of the income taxes. That’s not just fair it is way more than fair, to the point of outright theft. 47% of the population pay no income taxes at all and that 47% receives money FROM the government for just being poor, paid by those that pay 70% of the taxes. This unconstitutional re-distribution of weatlh, is class warfare run amok! In a free society, it is inexcusable. If this author had the fortune of being in the top 10% of income earners, you can bet we would do everything in our power to shield our income from the rapacious government and the bloodsuckers. By what right, or by what common sense law, or by what constitutional principle, does the poor obtain a benefit from the rich by the mere fact of being poor? You won’t find that in the constitution ladies and gentlemen.
As Obama dodges along the campaign trail towards re-election and lies come out of his mouth like a saliva-driven Niagara Falls, he uses class warfare to further divide the country between ethnic and white, naive and intelligent, socialist and patriot, un-wise and wise and the rich and the poor. He is the consummate politician that will say anything to get elected. He will tell any lie, use any meaningless example, dupe any group, or exploit any opportunity or emergency, to fulfill his goal of four more years. Millions of Americans saw through this snake-oil salesman style charlatan, well before he was ever elected president and couldn’t believe that the electorate was so mesmerized by someone who was so shallow, without substance and a severely tainted past.
But all of Obama’s lying and propaganda wouldn’t work if government hadn’t been so successful in dividing us, such that we are so dumb down now that we fight with each other instead of taking our anger and actions out on those who manipulate us, pull our strings and given the chance, would enslave us. We have spawned more than one generation that no longer values freedom, self-reliance and independence they only value what they can get for free. They no longer value the therapeutic and monetary rewards of hard work. They have willingly sacrificed their freedom for welfare payments, guaranteed jobs, a so-called “living wage” and the false umbrella of security, as defined and provided by government. At least half of these last few generations of Americans find no value in personal pride or doing the best job they can because they haven’t been taught that doing a good job reflects well upon them and gives them credibility and honor. Instead, they are obsessed with electronic and other toys, communication devices and mindless, guttural TV shows, or movies with no redeeming value or substance. They are also obsessed by “unfairness”, spoon fed to them by a government that exploits everything they can out of the looters, moochers and freeloaders for their vote. What is even worse, these folks that hate America and would take her down if they could, are spawning more generations of dependent Americans with the same Gimee! mindset.
But bear in mind, none of this has happened by accident, because throughout history government has learned that the best and easiest way to govern is to keep the masses happy, brainwashed, distracted ….. and divided. But what faces America today could also not have happened if the people were honorable, honest, trustworthy, self-reliant and vigilant against government’s shadowy and covert expansion of its constitutionally authorized powers.
It is quite possible from the foregoing that you think that we are heartless and without compassion. Nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary, we believe there is a limited role for government to play in helping those that can’t help themselves by providing incentives and enhancing the role that private charities play in providing this assistance. When a person gives to a private charity as a voluntary charitable act that is an act of free choice. There are millions of Americans who give regularly to charities every year. There are millions more that give to their churches that also provide assistance for the poor. In fact, America is the most generous nation on earth.
However, when government says you MUST pay higher taxes so that government can transfer those taxes to the poor and the un-deserving, that is an involuntary act of charity through force of law and takes away the right of free choice. But what so many forget is, without free choice there can be no freedom and free choice is the first casualty of a tyrannical government.
Here is what Benjamin Franklin said about the poor:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but … I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed … that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
When the government gets in the act of providing for the poor, especially when their motive is to buy votes, the poor grow in number and the cost to continue their support grows as well. The cost for government to support the poor in America since President Johnson’s Great Society, (click on “Great Society” link for more information about the poor from the Heritage Foundation) has been in the trillions of dollars and yet we have neither “….. led or have driven the poor out of poverty”, in the words of Benjamin Franklin. We have only succeeded in growing poverty and growing exponentially, the cost to support it. As a result, we are weaker as a people and weaker as a nation.
Of course, being poor is no picnic and not all poor people are looters, moochers or freeloaders. But in America, where anyone who will get an education, work hard to the best of their physical and mental ability, stay on the right side of the law and be personally responsible for their actions, can rise above being poor. The history books are full of individuals that have risen out of poverty to become household names. But the poor will never rise out of poverty if they continue to surround themselves with other people who care so little about them. The poor will never beat the odds if they settle for a life of dependency on government and pick roll models that are the dredges of society.
The reality is, the poor in America live far better off than the poor anywhere on the planet, with subsidized housing, food credit cards, plasma TVs, free health care, free education, free school breakfasts and lunches and free cell phones, all paid for on the backs of the American taxpayer and administered by a grossly in-efficient and hopelessly corrupt government. The reason that they live so well is, they are just the pawns of government who pay them off to buy their votes. This is why the Democrats have been so successful at maintaining political power in America for the last 70 years. They pander to the poor, the un-deserving and ethnic minorities with your tax money for their votes.
Through ever-expanding entitlement programs, government has been instrumental in spawning generation after generation of people whose only choice for living is being dependent on the great mother, government. Having done so, the government has brought us to the brink of national bankruptcy and has created a large segment of the population that is weak, wholly dependent upon government and votes for those politicians that promise and deliver their continuing subsistence, in a classic example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A letter to the editor in the Waco Tribune Herald back in November of 2010 by one Alfred W. Evans of Gatesville, TX, sums up pretty well what millions of Americans think about the welfare state. Chances are, you agree with Mr. Evans: (link for publisher https://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/tag/waco-tribune-herald/)
“The Parallax Prophecy” predicts that the law of diminishing returns will eventually bring this scheme for buying votes through government handouts crashing down (as it has in Greece and soon the rest of Europe) and those now dependent on government for their lives and livelihoods will either have to become self-reliant and independent, or find the skirts of another “mother” to hang on, or suffer or die needlessly.
Ladies and gentlemen, the history books tell us that it took just 3% of the colonials to give birth to freedom some 235 years ago, by making the greatest sacrifice that anyone can give, the sacrifice of life. Can 3% of Americans restore freedom again this time peacefully, or are there 3% of Americans who even care about freedom anymore? The presidential election in November of 2012 will give us a clue as to which way the wind is blowing. If the wind is blowing in the right direction, perhaps then we can “spawn” another generation of greater Americans who believe in freedom so much that they will give whatever sacrifice is necessary to preserve, protect and defend that freedom for their children and grandchildren ….. so help them God, in spite of the freeloaders that circle the seats of power to beg, borrow, or steal their “fair” share and the political criminals that will hand their “fair” share to them by force of law.
“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” – Ayn Rand
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Ron Ewart is the President of The National Association of Rural Landowners and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues. Ron may reached for comment via email at email@example.com.