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Posted by Jared Law on August 26, 2009 at 2:24pm in News, Issues, & Politics
I hope that this short text expressing my thoughts on compassion vs. tyranny will be of use to y'all in your blogs, emails, and conversations with those who aren't as awake and informed as you are, or if you're still doing your best to learn & self-educate, that it may be useful to that end. Speaking of education, please make sure you've read The 5,000 Year Leap and Liberal Fascism, if you haven't already (along with Glenn Beck's Common Sense)! Now on to my point:
I have always thought it was disingenuous at best that people call government programs "compassion" or characterize them as "compassionate," for they are anything but. What is compassionate about stealing from your neighbor to pay you what you didn't earn? What is compassionate about forcing your neighbors to pay for your living expenses? Especially when you're unwilling to work to support yourself? How is that compassionate? It seems to me that such behavior only enables sloth, selfishness, and resentment.
As the Apostle Paul says, in the tenth verse of THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS:
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
This is Christian Doctrine, and it is part of our shared American heritage. It is a small slice of what made America great. This is how our Founding Fathers lived, it's what they believed, and they would be horrified to see how dependent Americans are on their massive, oppressive government.
The truth is that government programs are NOT compassionate. Quite the opposite...government programs are, in fact, tyrannical. When a government takes from you (by force) and "redistributes" your hard-earned money to those who refuse to work for their own support, that is pure tyranny, and such is immoral, even evil.
On the other hand, it IS compassionate for YOU, by your own FREE WILL & CHOICE, to willingly give support: directly, or through your church/charity, to those who actually NEED it. Whether it's a family going through rough times, or a true disability, when donations are VOLUNTARY, and without COMPULSION, that's COMPASSIONATE. Compassion REQUIRES FREE AGENCY. Without that freedom to choose, so-called "compassion" is merely a euphemism for tyranny, and a tool of the adversary, the enemy of that is good and fair. When we are FORCED, whether it's at the point of a thug's gun on the street, or through a punitive tax code, backed up by local law enforcement (if you stop paying taxes, eventually men with guns will oblige you to leave your home so they can sell it to pay what the law, however immoral, insists that you owe), it's just plain tyranny, and that's just plain wrong.
In fact, In My Humble Opinion (IMHO), FEDERAL Taxes should only be used for National Defense & select infrastructure which crosses state lines such as interstate roads and power transmission lines. NOTHING ELSE. And that can be taken care of by taxing states, not individuals. Personally, I would prefer it if we ONLY paid taxes to our respective states, so we can keep the funds, and especially control of those funds (and the spending of said funds) under local control.
So in closing, we need to make sure we clarify that it is NOT compassionate for the GOVERNMENT to render regular, scheduled aid to anybody. That's the domain of private churches & charities. While [Christians, Jews, and adherents to most major world religions] have a MORAL obligation to VOLUNTARILY donate to such causes, there is, and never should be, any LEGAL OBLIGATION in our Constitutional Republic. To require such is unconstitutional at best! Our current tax & spend government is IMMORAL, IMHO. And it began to be wildly tyrannical/immoral in the early 20th Century, thanks to so-called "Progressives" such as Woodrow Wilson & Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), the two worst American Tyrants of the 20th Century.
What say you, Principled Patriots?