Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Can the Government Love Anyone?

In Opinion on June 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.
          -Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

A left-leaning, pro-bigger government acquaintance posted that quote on Facebook recently, presumably suggesting that our ‘edifice’ needs restructuring in the direction of more entitlement spending for the poor. A right-leaning friend suggested that the Reverend Dr. King’s words might be read differently and wrote “So, we can’t just take Mitt Romney’s money and toss it to the poor and believe we have helped them with that superficial deed. Great forethought on MLKs part.  The current system has produced that edifice. We have public housing projects that are nothing but 21st century slave quarters. The hope and change those people need has yet to come in the form of a government check, and it NEVER will. MLK’s statement explains one reason why it won’t.”

The American edifice does not produce beggars; the bastardized, collectivist, progressive version of the American system produces beggars. The history of the real American system – a history of free markets, liberty, individual rights and limited government – shows an unprecedented level of success at minimizing beggary. The restructuring that is needed is the rejection of government largesse as the purported solution to a problem that is not susceptible to being solved by political/government actions. Politics, the art of governing and ruling a civil society, by its very nature serves always the powerful and never the weak. On the other hand, free men/women love and nurture life, including the lives of others and including the lives of the displaced and the unfortunate. When we attempt to have government bureaucrats play the life-sustaining roles of free men/women, the care-taking of those who deserve our charity becomes a haphazard and superficial act instead of an act of love, the only acts that matter. The government CAN NOT love anyone. You can not outsource love to Uncle Sam. You can’t force someone to love someone else, and when you try to do so, you kill love and resentment rushes in to fill the vacuum.

Stop killing love. Keep the federal government out of all of the business of making life ‘better’ for some people. It makes a mess of pretending to be kinder and gentler. Let it concentrate on war, post offices, enforcing contracts and punishing crime. The people will do the rest much, much better without guns, the threat of jail or the IRS.

If you outsource your loving to the government, you’ve sold your soul, and the government will, with the money you send to the IRS, smother the life out of everyone it chooses to “love” so much better than you could. If you think the government can love better than you can, send in your checks. If not, join me in resisting ever-bigger government.

Love one another, no government subsidy needed.

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