DO WE WANT TO STUPEFY THE HIGH MORAL GROUND?

defender of the high moral groundDistracted From The Issues That Matter

In the middle of one of his columns last week, former congressman Tom Delay made this observation.

That said, it’s instructive but not surprising to contrast the attention given to the House Gruber hearing with the saturation coverage lavished on Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein’s release of the partisan Democratic investigation into the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques used on terrorists after 9/11. (from here)

When we speak of government, what is the big issue? Is the big issue the CIA waterboarding a few terrorists or should we be more concerned when our leaders trick us into buying “health insurance” we don’t want? How about a runaway Federal Budget? What about amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants? What about leaders who say one thing and do another?

If we don’t want to be led astray, we must look to our true shepherd.

What Are “Social Goods And Services”?

Recently, I decided to investigate a phrase I had just heard, “social goods and services.” When I googled it, I discovered it is often used in context with Social inequality. Here is an example from Wikipedia.

Norms of allocation can also affect the distribution of rights and privileges, social power, access to public goods such as education or the judicial system, adequate housing, transportation, credit and financial services such as banking and other social goods and services. (from here)

Supposedly, government now has the job of ensuring social equality, and that includes ensuring an equal distribution of “social goods and services.” Unfortunately, our government is taking up this “great cause,” transforming our society, and doing it with very little serious discussion.

Why use that phrase, “social goods and services”? It is a euphemism. In the past, when self-styled dogooders used government to redistribute “social goods and services,” they wanted us to know they were giving our money away out of their great love for the poor and disadvantaged.  So they called redistributing the wealth charity, but hardly anyone uses the phrase “public charity” anymore. Instead, with even greater hubris, the dogooders call such things entitlements. After all, we don’t want to hurt the self-esteem of the poor and disadvantaged.

We should call our government’s redistribution of “social goods and services” what it is, stealing from from the “rich” and giving to the poor (and the scheming, filthy rich). However, because everyone knows stealing is immoral, the “dogooders” insist we call it something else. Yet no matter what euphemism we want to give it, taxing some people to pay for other people’s “social goods and services” is still stealing.

So how do the “dogooders” get away with redistributing “social goods and services”? Consider what happens when we dare to call redistributing “social goods and services” stealing. Don’t we get called selfish?  Could it be that charge is correct? Often it is, possibly most of the time. Nevertheless, if the citizens of a nation are selfish, then their government can only institutionalize their selfishness. That’s why, for example, we call Social Security the third rail of politics. Too many old people want “their” Social Security. So if a politician can convince enough selfish voters that his selfish opponent is going to mess with “their” Social Security that opponent gets electrocuted.

In truth, programs such as Social Security — programs that redistribute “social goods and services” — are cannibalistic. Consider the change that resulted with Social Security. Whereas earlier generations saved and passed on those savings to their children, too many of us now spend every cent we earn. Then, in old age, we feed off the earnings of our children, claiming, because the government — and our parents — did it to us, that we somehow deserve to receive our children’s property.

Does our Constitution even charter the Federal Government to redistribute “social goods and services”? No. Unless some judge bends it like a pretzel, there is no way any politician can justify funding the redistribution of “social goods and services” using the Constitution.  So we are debating something that only exists because of bigger and bigger lies, lies more politely called legal sophistry. Thus, the immorality of stealing spins into a web of deceit, ultimately self-deceit, and the checks and balances that once protected us from the wolfish inclinations of our leaders crumble before waves of legal sophistry.

Can Men And Women Do Good?

Can men and women do good? Can we act out of love towards our fellows? Yes, but when we act in love that act is voluntary, not coerced. That’s the power of love. Love causes us of our own volition to do what is right. And love is not something we can replace by enslaving ourselves and others to government bureaucrats.

Consider the words of John Adams.

While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government. — John Adams, Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798, in Revolutionary Services and Civil Life of General William Hull (New York, 1848), pp 265-6. There are some differences in the version that appeared in The Works of John Adams (Boston, 1854), vol. 9, pp. 228-9, most notably the words “or gallantry” instead of “and licentiousness”. (from here)

That abstraction we call love manifests itself through relationships. We create such relationships by setting a personal example, not through legislation. No government system can teach us how to love and care for each other. Only men and women living as our Lord and Savior taught us to live can show us how to love.

If we want to be altruistic, we must use OUR OWN MONEY. Because it is just a way for selfish politicians to buy the votes of selfish citizens, using someone else’s money to pay for “social goods and services” is without a doubt stealing.

As it is, we have tried to institutionalized love through government, and we have failed miserably.  So it is that charlatans lead us and casually lie to us, making promises they have no intention of keeping.

6 thoughts on “DO WE WANT TO STUPEFY THE HIGH MORAL GROUND?

  1. Hear, hear! Historically, the people of these United States took care of each other voluntarily and mutually, not through government coercion. Additionally, the church was heavily involved in education and assistance of the needy. Unfortunately, the Welfare State is here to stay. Since many people are reliant on the fruits of labor from others, to rid the Welfare State tomorrow would create an upheaval, even if it were gradually eradicated. I would argue these United States are quasi-socialist. Put differently, these United States, in some way or sense, but not in a true direct or complete way, practice the principles of socialism mixed with free enterprise. These two systems cannot long share the same bed, thus one will eventually submit to the other. We are witnessing the principles of collectivism gaining more ground in these United States. I encourage readers to study the history and tactics of the Fabian Society. There is a reason why the Fabian Society selected the name Fabian, derived from Fabius Maximus, who was a Roman general. Their strategy is in play worldwide, including these United States, and the end goal is worldwide communism.

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    1. Excellent comment and good advice.

      I think there is a way to defeat the Socialist’s “Fabian Strategy” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_strategy). That is to fight for school choice as a civil rights issue. The more children we can get into decent schools (schools selected by parents), the harder it will be for the teacher’s unions and corporate mass media to brainwash our kids.

      Because so many special interests now feed off the government, we have large, well funded, and well organized political constituencies pushing for bigger and bigger government. Our money serves as a constant carrot for these people. That’s why they never give up. To fight them and beat them, Conservatives need an equally strong inducement. My hope is that we love our children and grand-children enough to want to save them from ignorance and enslavement.

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      1. Also bear in mind, opponents to conservatives neither think nor plan short-term; instead, they think and plan long-term. This is why conservatives are losing territory. Conservatives are winning battles (short-term), yet they are losing the war (long-term). Opponents to conservatives have no issue losing an occasional battle here and there, but they do have an issue with losing the war. Collectivists (of all stripes) acknowledged the fight is not in the battle, but the war itself.

        There are two collectivist camps (regardless of stripe) in competition: gradual revolution and spontaneous revolution. The former is peaceful (or less violent) and the latter is outright hostile. The masses would reject and resist an impulsive revolution; however, the masses would willfully (and unknowingly) accept a gradual revolution. Gradual revolution gained approval among collectivists; hence, the formation of the Fabian Society, which has tentacles and agents worldwide. As you, CT, noted, the Fabians adopted Fabius’ military strategy to gradually implement collectivism.

        I concur. It can be reversed, but I see a different approach, though education and school choice is, in part, important. In order to reverse the present damage, and to prevent further injury, conservatives need to begin thinking and planning long-term, not short-term. Short-term is the conservative’s downfall and so he continues shooting himself in the foot. Moreover, conservatives need to be visionary in their thinking and planning. Shortly after the War Between the States, conservatism (along with Christianity) exploded in these United States owing to visionary thinkers and statesmen. The GOP quickly gained popularity and success by reason of visionary men who looked at things from a long-term point-of-view, I would argue.

        Conservatives can learn from the Fabians and beat the Fabians with their own medicine.

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        1. Again, a very thoughtful comment. Thank you.

          Do opponents to opponents to conservatives do a better job of thinking and planning long-term? Well, I don’t think everyone who disagrees with me is smarter or more discipline than me. My ego is too big to easily stomach that.
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          Nevertheless, I sort of agree. Conservatism assumes people have God-given rights, and our opponents generally think otherwise. While the people who uphold such philosophies may not be any more evil than Conservatives, the philosophies they espouse are sometimes quite vile. And Satan is the ultimate instigator of and the brains behind evil.

          If we want to overcome the Devil, we have to seek appropriate leadership. That, obviously, is Jesus. Does that sound too religious? Well, consider the Declaration of Independence. Why did the American Colonies succeed in uniting? How did they retain the good sense to support George Washington when he adopted and led them in a type of Fabian strategy against the tyranny of the British crown? Didn’t they see the issues as moral issues? From their perspective, wasn’t the British crown violating their God-given rights? Didn’t they appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world for his support? Didn’t they turn to our Creator for His protection?

          Because they respected each other’s rights, the American colonists did not establish an official state religion, but most of them were Christians. That’s why most of them believed in respecting the God-given rights of other men. That is why later Americans eventually, at the cost of many lives, overcame the proponents of slavery, and that’s the kind of determination and fortitude we have lost in this era. Because we do not give enough consideration to the fate of our eternal souls in the next life, we are losing our freedom in this life.

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