BECAUSE WE CAN ONLY REAP WHAT WE SOW, SOCIALISM CANNOT WORK

What Inspired This Post?

When I got this remark from  joesix, it set me to thinking.

 I believe the people who swear by universal healthcare.  I have my own personal experiences with it to back that up.  I have statistics to back that up.  You have vague assurances that it’s the first step towards fascism.  You call my proof questionable yet you continue to offer no proof of your own.

When you buy an insurance plan at a ridiculously high markup, you’re encouraging a system that charges exorbitant prices for everyone.  As Paul Krugman puts it, “We are not a household. We are an economy. Your spending is my income and my spending is your income.” (continue here)

That quote from Paul Krugman is actually for real (see here). However, it is slightly out of context. Krugman was merely defending continuing big government spending (  😉  ) to stimulate the economy.

When I put Krugman’s remark in context with what our president said recently (see DID HE REVEAL WHAT HE REALLY BELIEVES?), I worry for my people. We have too many like  who insist that through the voting power of majority they have a right to dominate their fellow man. Even if this belief were morally defensible, it cannot be made to work. Human nature will not allow it.

The Tyranny Of The Majority

What   wants is economic tyranny by the majority. Why does want such a majoriatarian tyranny? He wants to use the power of government to redistribute the wealth. That’s the essence of Socialism. The Socialist ideal calls for the majority to use its voting power to seize “unneeded” assets from the “rich” and redistribute those assets to the needy “poor”.

Who are the “rich”? Well, given how much debt our nation has acquired, the “rich” are our children and grandchildren. Why are they “rich”? Because they cannot vote, the young and those yet to be born have no defense from the cowardly greed of the majority.

Why must majoritarian tyranny fail? Consider the words of the Apostle Paul.

Galatians 6:7-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

8 For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Because they are devoted to secular human reason, Socialists must sow to the flesh. If they acknowledged the supremacy of God, then Socialists would have to admit that God, not government, gives us our rights. Socialists would have to admit that politicians have no right to steal from opposition groups — or the next generation — just so that they can give goodies to their constituents.

Look carefully at our own government and our own economy. Because Socialist ideologies dominate so much our government and economy, we have become economically stagnant, and we risk economic collapse and tyranny.

Respect For The Rights of Others

What does sowing to the spirit involve? Instead of worrying so much of about this life, we contemplate the next. Answering a question, Jesus explained.

Matthew 19:16-19 Good News Translation (GNT)

16Once a man came to Jesus. Teacher, he asked, what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?

17Why do you ask me concerning what is good? answered Jesus. There is only One who is good. Keep the commandments if you want to enter life.

18What commandments? he asked.

Jesus answered, Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely;19respect your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

To receive eternal life, Jesus said we must obey the last six of the Ten Commandments, numbers five through ten. These commandments require us to love our neighbor. Even though the reference is not immediately obvious, Jesus included 10th commandment. For if we love our neighbor as we love our self, we will not covet what belongs to our neighbor. Matthew Henry put it this way.

In answer to this [the young man’s question], Christ specifies several, especially the commandments of the second table. First, That which concerns our own and our neighbour’s life; Thou shalt do no murder. Secondly, Our own and our neighbour’s chastity, which should be as dear to us as life itself; Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thirdly, Our own and our neighbour’s wealth and outward estate, as hedged about by the law of property; Thou shalt not steal. Fourthly, That which concerns truth, and our own and our neighbour’s good name; Thou shalt not bear false witness, neither for thyself, nor against thy neighbour; for so it is here left at large. Fifthly, That which concerns the duties of particular relations; Honour thy father and mother. Sixthly, That comprehensive law of love, which is the spring and summary of all these duties, whence they all flow, on which they are all founded, and in which they are all fulfilled; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Gal. v. 14; Rom. xiii. 9), that royal law, Jas. ii. 8. Some think this comes in here, not as the sum of the second table, but as the particular import of the tenth commandment; Thou shalt not covet, which Mark is, Defraud not; intimating that it is not lawful for me to design advantage or gain to myself by the diminution or loss of another; for that is to covet, and to love myself better than my neighbour, whom I ought to love as myself, and to treat as I would myself be treated. (from here)

When we sow to the spirit, we show another how to love. We treat another person as we wish to be treated by them. Why? If we can learn to love our neighbors as we wish to be loved, then we can learn how to love our Creator.

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. — by C. S. Lewis (quote from here)

20 thoughts on “BECAUSE WE CAN ONLY REAP WHAT WE SOW, SOCIALISM CANNOT WORK

  1. Joesix – Have you consider what your references exclude? I said our government. I did not restrict taxation to the Federal Government. In this country we are taxed by the Federal Government, state governments, and local governments. Has it occurred to you that inflation, the deliberate debasement of our currency, is effectively a tax?

    I suppose I will either have to write or reblog a post that explain what Liberal Democrats think of “other people’s money,” but here is the short version. Liberal Democrats do not believe other people have any money. I will post the long version on Monday.

    You like Rush Limbaugh? Well, if you can stand reading my Conservative posts, you ought to be able to handle “The Real Story of Thanksgiving” (see http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/11/23/the_real_story_of_thanksgiving). We do not have to look afar for examples of Socialism. We know from the American experience Socialism does not work. In “The Real Story of Thanksgiving,” Limbaugh recounts the first attempt by Europeans to practice Socialism in American. If you want more detail, check out http://mith.umd.edu//eada/html/display.php?docs=bradford_history.xml.

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    1. I don’t think it’s occurred to anyone that inflation is a tax. Maybe Ron Paul, but that weirdo hippie doesn’t have a problem with gay marriage. I guess if you do want to consider inflation that way, we should look at the services from public schools, roads, buses, trains, police stations, fire stations, post offices, and the military as tax rebates. I think we’ve gone into a silly direction here.

      If I was around 300 years ago, I’d be vehemently against socialized medicine or socialized anything for many of the reasons Limbaugh grunts about. But we live in the year 2012 in a vastly different world. We’re over 300,000 million people growing more and more connected to the rest of the world’s cultures and economies with every passing minute. The idea of producing goods with people is in its last decade as the top 1 percent of Americans control 33 percent of the wealth. You’re right that we don’t have to look afar for examples of socialism (assuming you’re still dead set on referring to universal healthcare as “socialism”). We can look at every other industrialized nation today, and we can see that it works.

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      1. joesix – Consider the mathematics of inflation. Because it equates to a certain amount of goods and services money has value. When government spending in all its various forms, including institutions like the Fed, increases the supply of money, the money left in our hands (after all that government spending), purchases less in goods and services. That is, because of government spending, your paycheck and your savings has less value.

        If you had been around 300 years ago, you would find people have not changed much. That includes their tendency to think those in the past were much less civilized and the world was much less complicated. In reality, we still have much the same problems, and we still solve those problems much the same way. We still need food, clothing, and shelter. We still have to learn and teach our children the skills they need. We still depend upon other people to do the things we cannot do ourselves, and we still have a government officials we must restrain when they exceed the limits of their rightful authority.

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  2. joesix – Look at how you began your last comment. Then answer this question. Who is stopping you from using your resources from helping someone out who cannot afford a life-saving service? Is it not the government? When government taxes the stuffing out of you, wastes huge sums, and leaves future generations burdened with debt, how does that allow you to help anyone? Do you need more victims to help?

    What Democrats and Establishment Republicans are doing is replacing our constitutional republic with a Crony Capitalist system that quickly devolves into Socialism. I think the best way to think of Socialism is to equate it to what I call Busybodyism.
    https://citizentom.com/2008/05/07/busybodyism/

    Does Busybodyism sound silly? Because it increases their wealth and influence, the greedy rich love the trappings of Crony Capitalism. Because it gives them the greatest power and influence, corrupt politicians love Socialism. Most who support Socialism, however, gain nothing from either Crony Capitalism or Socialism. They just like being busybodies.

    On a clear, moonless night, when you far from city lights, gaze into the sky. You are American? You can do anything?

    Psalm 33:6 King James Version (KJV)

    By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

    There is very little we can do. At best, we can control only our own attitude. Whatever our situation, we can choose to retain our faith in Him.

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    1. No one can stop me from using my resources to help those in need. That’s why I donate to various charities, fund microloans, and spent two and half years working with impoverished populations in Bulgaria. Taxes haven’t stopped me from creating the change in the world I want to see. It hasn’t stopped Larry Page, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or the countless other millionaires who continue to choose philanthropy over griping about big government.

      Is every country with socialized medicine now a socialist nightmare rife with crony capitalism? I can’t help but notice your continued refusal to address universal healthcare around the world. Even Mitt Romney was forced to admit that the Israelis have a better system than the US.

      I’d rather use my own free will to make the world a better place rather than vainly hope some invisible man in the sky will do it for me.

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      1. joesix –

        I’d rather use my own free will to make the world a better place rather than vainly hope some invisible man in the sky will do it for me.

        When our government takes half of your income in taxes, our government takes fifty percent of your labor and uses it for somebody else’s purposes. If Obama could take 100 percent of your income, he would. In his eyes, you did not earn it.

        Even Mitt Romney? Romney is a Conservative? Romney is flip-flop artist. His only virtue is that he is not Obama. I put more credence in what a stranger such as yourself says, and you have to cite examples from outside America to make your case. 🙄

        We don’t already have Socialism here? Of course we do. Where is it working?

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      2. What? The US government doesn’t take half of anyone’s income in taxes. We actually have one of the lowest tax rates in the world; our taxes are at their lowest level since 1950.

        http://www.businesspundit.com/12-countries-with-the-highest-lowest-tax-rates/
        http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2010-05-10-taxes_N.htm

        What do true conservatives tell us about universal healthcare? My first thought goes to Rush Limbaugh talking about how he would move to Costa Rica if Obamacare became law, where he would likely lament that government’s willingness to pay for his Oxycontin. That was a cheap shot. Moving on.

        Examples from outside America is my example. All I’m looking for is an example of how every country with socialized medicine is now a socialist nightmare rife with crony capitalism. You offer me no proof for this other than your own interpretation of morality and the implication that all taxes are socialism. If you really do believe such a thing, I could tell you that socialism put a man on the moon, developed the Internet, and defeated the Nazis.

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  3. “Want to marriage.” “Want to vote.” “Want to freedom.” Those just don’t sound right. “Right” sounds right.

    I’m not a fundamentalist in any sense of the word. I don’t have to deeply investigate the hidden morality of something I know is right. I don’t attempt to justify my bigotry or open-mindedness to make my arguments stronger. I don’t expect everyone to understand a concept that’s inherently logical to me, a distinct idea of right and wrong embedded into my very being since I first learned those words. I live in a gray area, a carefree zone of liberty and justice, free from the self-righteous accusations of those who would try to defend their own dying ideals in a world slowly forgetting their existence. I am Batman.

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    1. joesix — So you don’t believe in all those “rights” that come with Socialism, like a “right” to make someone else pay for your healthcare. 🙄 Sometimes it seems the right you want most is the right to obfuscate.

      Look at what you just admitted. Even though you think you are inherently logical, you cannot explain why you believe what you believe.

      What is your stumbling block? Since I once suffered from it, I can guess. What you cannot accept is this: human beings, you included, are inherently evil.

      We have to learn to be good. When people talk about wisdom, that is what the wise are talking about. How do we make our self — not someone else — do the right thing the right way.

      You don’t think people are inherently evil? Then check out https://citizentom.com/2012/08/03/how-you-can-tell-wisdom-is-learned/.

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      1. If you really want me to explain it again for you, I’ll do it, but I still don’t expect you to understand. If I have the resources to help someone out who can’t afford a life-saving service, it’s my responsibility to help that person. That’s it. That’s the line. No progressive is suggesting socializing the TV industry or the shoe industry. We’re talking about universal healthcare, and we have many examples around the world to prove that it works and doesn’t create a slippery slope to a morally bankrupt dictatorship.

        If we are all inherently evil (because of social Darwinism or an ancient ancestor of ours ate a magic apple when a talking snake said so), then we don’t necessarily have to regress to our most basic instincts and neglect our fellow man. We can be more than men. We can create goodness. We can prove that human nature is a process, not a state of being. We’re Americans, dammit! We can do anything.

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  4. joesix — Minority rights? Don’t we all have the same rights? I think you have word “rights” confused with the word “wants”.

    Go back and look at your comment here, https://citizentom.com/2012/07/22/do-you-believe-man-can-perfect-himself/#comment-31545. Instead of providing any rational basis for what you want, you just say what you want. Then you justify taking what you want by pointing to other nations where the People there have supposedly gotten what you want.

    If I object that what you want is immoral and violates people’s rights, what do you do? Do you provide a moral justification? No. You just get bent out of shape about unrelated topics such as minority rights and the greedy rich not paying their fair share. You ignore the fact that under the system you want nobody’s rights will be safe. Because you believe “morality is relative,” you have no moral basis (no code of morality you believe everyone is obligated to honor) for defining and defending anyone’s rights. Hence, you would render the Constitution, designed to protect our rights, a worthless document.

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  5. Only a flat income tax is fair, no matter where the income comes from. The left who is all about people paying their “fair share” should embrace a flat tax. But they don’t. Because to them, the word “fair” is subjective to what THEY believe is fair.
    Regarding healthcare–if we have only never started government healthcare (medicare)in the first place the system would be less fraught with fraud. The truly poor get free care—what exactly does joesix think they are paying for?

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    1. A flat tax would be great if everyone actually could pay their fair share. There’s too many Americans who literally don’t have a cent to their name. Many of these people get free healthcare for the simple fact that they skip out on their bills and leave us to pick up the costs. Regardless of your original intent, you do provide an excellent argument for an insurance mandate healthcare system.

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  6. I actually don’t believe a majority should vote on things for a minority. It didn’t work out well for interracial marriage and it’s not working well now for gay marriage. I believe the wealth gap is the biggest it’s ever been and poor Americans are forced to pay for some of the most inefficient healthcare in the world.

    Using the power of government to redistribute wealth may be a part of socialism, but it’s also the essence of taxes. The rich are the top 1% (you already know the Occupy talking points), and the other 99% of us mostly want to bring their tax rate up by 3%, back where it was under Reagan.

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    1. joesix — You don’t believe that a majority should vote on things for a minority? That’s equivalent to saying you don’t believe in elections. I doubt that is what you meant to say.

      Freedom, by the way — Thank you for your reply on joesix’s tax remark.

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