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The Welfare State is the Enemy of a Free Republic

By Patrick Washington / Published on Friday, 19 May 2017 12:47 PM / 47 Comments

For generations, the Leftists have continued to campaign for programs that keep people dependent upon the government and they measure their success upon how many people receive help from government instead of how many people are able to rise above those conditions.

Under the auspices of helping people, these politicians seek the expansion of the welfare state which creates a permanent underclass of citizens that are constantly dependent upon the system and have a little incentive or motivation to do for themselves. That makes the benefactors into wards of the state and they are not completely able to fully experience security in their own rights.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. – (Thomas Jefferson)

Government cannot give one person anything without taking it from another. Of course, this is the very meaning of redistribution of wealth in which it diminishes the right of citizens to what they have earned. Then as the welfare state expands, government determines what citizens are allow to keep and what a person deserves to have.

Outrageously, many of the Leftists go far and call such actions as “social justice.” They forget the words of Socrates in Plato’s Republic in which the great philosopher defines justice.

“Justice is deserving what you have you earned.” – (Socrates)

If you have not earned it, you simply do not deserve it. If you do get it without earning it, that is called charity and the primary duty of government is not to distribute charity but to secure liberty. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is the rallying cry of the American republic.

The conservative juxtaposition advocates that the best way to help people is to help them to do for themselves.

“Give a man a fish, you feed them for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.” – (Maimoinides)

The objective of any government program should be to elevate people out of a condition of helplessness and help them to support themselves because no man or woman can be truly free if they cannot support themselves. Constant support from government is a crutch that diminishes the liberty of every citizen.

Conservatism understands that you cannot concede any responsibility to government without conceding a right to government. Therefore for humans to have maximum freedom over their lives, they must have maximum responsibility over their lives.

A free republic is contingent upon citizens being allowed to realize their full potential without the coercion of an overreaching government trying to control their lives.

Unfortunately, many of the government programs become more of an impediment to those they profess to help. Larry Elder in The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America noted this when referring of public housing.

Nearly three million Americans live in public housing. But all too often public housing complexes serve as learning centers for Crime 101. Residents fear their safety, with children serving as willing and unwilling pawns for teenage and adult criminals. – (Larry Elder)

Then Larry goes further to explain that public housing does little to prepare its residents to become property owners themselves while being a hindrance to other property owners.

Many people in public housing fail to learn the kind of appropriate behavior and respect for property that makes them attractive to a private-sector landlord. And private landlords get deprived of income-producing properties as they compete with the public housing facilities, part of which landlords subsidized  through their own taxes! Р(Larry Elder)

Although we are alarmed by an ever-expanding welfare state, we do not suggest ending welfare programs because a free republic recognizes that society has an obligation to the less fortunate, the disabled and others that are not capable to do for themselves.

However, a free republic in which citizens possess rights and responsibilities over their lives cannot live side by side to a welfare state in which citizens are reduced to being wards of the state by conceding their responsibilities along with their rights to government.

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Patrick Washington
Patrick N. Washington is a resident and native of Central Virginia. He has been engaged in political activism since he was a teenager. Patrick is the former vice-chair of the Petersburg Republican Committee. He presently serves as secretary of the Hopewell Republican Committee and as vice-chair of the Hopewell Electoral Board. He is also an ordained minister and has presided over the Enlightenment Synagogue since 2012.