“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
Poverty, income inequality & the Good Samaritan.
Lost in the telling of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) particularly when the progressive-liberal Democrat Marxists refer to it, is the fact that the Samaritan was the third person to come upon the unfortunate victim, and the only one who took it upon himself to PAY for the patient’s care. I figure he must have been a capitalist. Imagine, a compassionate merciful man, giving back some of the largess God had blessed him with; a true “brother’s keeper” outside the boundaries of government handouts and poverty, income inequality etal…
Which segue’s into a great post from Ben Stein in this week’s American Spectator, which is filled with bucket-loads of common sense. Having ministered to many of the poor, homeless, pornographers, and crack-heads for a number of years, I can vouch that a majority of them wouldn’t work even if you stuck them in a barrel and rolled them to a job. Many of them couldn’t spell, “job.” So many of them are like children, but such is the result of pathological altruism; it infantalizes a person to the bone, since they’ve been protected from adult responsibilities all of their lives, particularly those who have spent serious time in and out of prison.
As long as there is free will, there will be poverty, laziness, and income inequality between all kinds of people. Well over one hundred million people were “put to rest” in the last century to remove their free will in a vain attempt to prevent what God had given, and what many men cannot tolerate. Far more live in a form of involuntary servitude under governments who promise equality via legalized robbery of those that produce more than the average. The lowest common denominator rules in such environments, and that denominator always falls as more people give up their God-given talents in exchange for living off someone else’s labor, until the whole Ponzi scheme collapses upon itself.
Time and time again either “democracies” or outright dictatorships the likes of Communism or Fascism, have embraced some flavor of the same false utility of “equality” and ended up spreading misery in all cases, and in some, death on top of misery in episodes far and wide. The moment you hear the term “fairness” added to the function of government you are on a path to serfdom, and the serfs will always outnumber the nobles if you legalize the baser instincts of human nature.
What some may call the “moron class” demonstrates time and time again that it is smart enough to get people to donate large sums of money to them for simply a promise to rob someone else to enrich their lifestyle choices. Where do you think unspent political donations end up? The Founders knew all this going into their adventure back in the 1770-80s. They had the hindsight of countless historical lessons on this very subject, yet today you would be hard pressed to find an elected official that could actually articulate what the root cause of that nastiness back then was. In places like Boston today you would barely find anyone that would even consider signing the Declaration of Independence, let alone throwing fish bats at the modern rendition of the Red Coats. The Senators from Massachusetts perfectly represent what their ancestors went to war to get away from. And that’s a fact. Poverty, income inequality & the Good Samaritan tells it all.
Ben Stein and his intro …
I spent almost all day lying in bed listening to old Big Band music. I have not been well, and this is perfect therapy. I just let my mind run free to go down freeways and alleyways and this is where I came out….
At the intersection of Income Inequality and Poverty.
Here is what my mind dredged up.
There is an immense amount of income inequality here and everywhere. I am not sure why that is a bad thing. Some people will just be better students, harder working, more clever, more ruthless than other people. Some people will have better family connections than others. Some people will have richer parents than others. Unless we want to do away with property rights — a surefire route to dictatorship — we will have a lot of men and women who are rich by inheritance. Frankly, I feel sorry for them.