Posts Tagged ‘Charity’
I think one fundamental difference between constitutionalists and leftists, perhaps THE fundamental difference, is pure selfishness.
As proof of this I offer only one example. Think back in your own experience. How often have you heard someone utter these words in response to the mention of a politician’s name:
“That SOB didn’t do anything for me!”
Too often I hear that as a heated, hate filled response to a conservative politician’s name.
It is evidence of an attitude that reflects 1) A gross ignorance in the way our system of government was meant to work and 2) A desire to use said government to benefit the individual.
Does said politician owe you something from the coffers of public funds? Because it sure sounds as if you think you are owed more than the rest of your fellow citizens.
How can anyone feel the legalized pilferage of your fellow Americans’ hard earned property is acceptable?
They have been taught to separate the machinery of confiscation from that of redistribution and they’ve redefined charity so as to let the government decide who receives the “benefits.” Here’s a little news flash for ya, pal: Your tax dollars are purchasing votes through the bureaucracy of the Welfare system, the IRS, the EPA, the HHS and countless other alphabet agencies designed to distribute hard working Americans’ cash/property to a huge majority of those who don’t deserve it and if you are OK with that as long as you get your little piece of the pie, then you’re as guilty as they are.
It’s a sad but very telling state of affairs that some Americans’ attitudes have transformed from the immortal challenge of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you! Ask what you can do for your country.”
to the immensely selfish
“That SOB didn’t do anything for me.”
If this is your idea of just governance, then you are part of the problem. You need to rethink your priorities and quit putting yourself ahead of our future generations.
People like you make me sick.
Perhaps one day, we can ditch the Me! Me! Me! bullshit and get back to what made America great: Hard work and Sacrifice.
UPDATE: The correct answer to this installment of our author trivia contest is…. Walter Williams and was nailed early on by Obi’s Sister. Jedi Princess, the force is indeed with you. Thanks to all for playing along!
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I’ve found a worthy writer and it’s time once again to play Name the Naked Author! This time, if you know the author’s name, go ahead and share it. No harm done because I will not declare the correct answer until Saturday.
Be sure to check out the highlighted text from James Madison at the beginning. I wonder ifÂ Woodrow Wilson and FDR were privy to that little piece of enlightenment. I don’t have to wonder on the bunch inhabiting the brothel at the moment. They wouldn’t have paid attention.
As last time, leave your answer in the comments and remember the honor system. (No Google). After all, we’re not liberals.
The celebration of our founders’ 1776 revolt against King George III and the English Parliament is over. Let’s reflect how the founders might judge today’s Americans and how today’s Americans might judge them.
In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 to assist some French refugees, James Madison, the acknowledged father of our Constitution, stood on the floor of the House to object, saying, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” He later added, “(T)he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” Two hundred years later, at least two-thirds of a multi-trillion-dollar federal budget is spent on charity or “objects of benevolence.”
What would the founders think about our respect for democracy and majority rule? Here’s what Thomas Jefferson said: “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.” John Adams advised, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” The founders envisioned a republican form of government, but as Benjamin Franklin warned, “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
What would the founders think about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 Kelo v. City of New London decision where the court sanctioned the taking of private property of one American to hand over to another American? John Adams explained: “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”
Thomas Jefferson counseled us not to worship the U.S. Supreme Court: “(T)he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.”
How might our founders have commented about last week’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding our rights to keep and bear arms? Justice Samuel Alito, in writing the majority opinion, said, “Individual self-defense is the central component of the Second Amendment.” The founders would have responded “Balderdash!” Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
George Mason explained, “(T)o disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Noah Webster elaborated: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed. … The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”
Contrary to Alito’s assertion, the central component of the Second Amendment is to protect ourselves from U.S. Congress, not street thugs.
Today’s Americans have contempt for our founders’ vision. I’m sure our founders would have contempt for ours.
Ten-Gallon Hat Tip to Keith-the-ineligible
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