Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The election in a nutshell

I can boil this election next Tuesday down to one question for you:

Do you believe that life should be difficult if you are on welfare?

For me, the answer is easy. Yes, life should be difficult for those who are on welfare. Every person should have incentive to not be on welfare. It's that simple.

Now, do not be confused: I am not saying that there should not be welfare. Life is certainly cruel, and events conspire against well-meaning people such that they are not able to take care of themselves. It is incumbent upon us to take of them in such circumstances.

However, in my opinion, it is also incumbent upon us to give those people both the incentive and the means to better their lot. If we make their lives comfortable, they will do no such thing.

If you disagree with me, if you believe that life should be easy for those on welfare, then you should vote for Barack Obama.

Because that's what he believes. He believes that the Constitution should guarantee each and every one of us a certain standard of living, regardless of what we do to earn such a living. He would enact such a guarantee by taking hard working people's money and redistributing to others, some of whom may not be working quite so hard.

In fact, if he had his druthers, even the judiciary would get involved in the act. He has implied that he is disappointed that the Supreme Court has not broken "free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution..." That the Constitution "doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf."

What the government must do on your behalf?! What ever happened to "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"?

If adopted by a majority in a democracy, Obama's politicial philosophy is insidious. In its fullest implementation, it has the ability to destroy us from within.

Here are the words of science fiction author Robert Heinlein from To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987):

The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a "warm body" democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction.... [O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader — the barbarians enter Rome.

1 comment:

mfinlay said...

One final comment: please do not boil this post down to race. It has nothing to do with race. It is about the definition of fairness, and the appropriate amount of welfare, regardless of whether any recipient may be white or black.