Webster’s Dictionary defines evil as something that causes misery and despair. This is a particularly apt definition to describe Socialist programs that are promoted as being for the good of others but instead bring misery and despair. While there is a bit of a chicken-and-the-egg aspect to it, one finds that the most misery is found with people who are heavily reliant on government programs.
It is also interesting that those promoting Socialism tend to engage in deceptive practices to advance their cause – behaviour such as telling lies that would be considered evil by many. Sal Alinski is a famous community organizer who wrote the book Rules for Radicals. One of the tactics promoted by Alinski was to demonize your political opponents personally. Say that they were doing whatever it was you were really doing. This tactic is alive and well today, as seen by the treatment of the Tea Party. Rather than debating the ideas they put forth, they are called racist, anarchists, terrorists, or goons. I was particularly disturbed by this political cartoon in my newspaper today where a couple of “Tea Party Goons” are assaulting a woman and her child for her food stamps. One is seen kicking the child.
The truth is that the Tea Party is a group of ordinary, middle-class citizens. Many of them have never been involved in politics in any way. They were content to go about their jobs or run their businesses, save and invest their money, and live in a manner where they took care of themselves. They did things like save up for college while others were buying new cars. Pay off their homes early while others were taking out HELOCs for kitchen and bathroom expansions.
They became political in 2009, not because they wanted to, but because they had to. After years of minding their business while seeing their taxes raised to pay for all sorts of programs rewarding the irresponsible, the final straw was dropped when the Affordable Care Act was passed by the slimmest of margins. It was passed in a great rush, such that no one even read what was in the bill, and against the popular will of the people. What was different this time was that rather than just taking money from the responsible and giving it to the irresponsible, the healthcare law would force everyone onto this new government program.
Those who became the Tea Party knew the effects of such programs. While at first being handed “free money” might seem like a blessing, it would eventually become a curse with all sorts of strings attached, a degradation in quality of life, and misery and despair.
Just look at the curse of the evil that is Socialism. Taking able-bodied people and making them dependent on the largess of the public does not bring happiness. Just look at the misery and despair in the public housing projects where people are trapped in gangs and crime and death. While in some places like Vietnam and India where there are political forces that prevent escape from poverty, most people in the American projects could climb out and live happy and fulfilling lives if they just threw aside the public assistance and did what was needed to become self-sufficient. Instead they have come to believe that their life where housing and food are provided is the best that they can hope for. They see that taking a job would reduce what they receive, and therefore they continue to live on what they are given. What they don’t see is that the initial job leads to better jobs, and eventually to a much better life.
Socialism is evil because it encourages people to produce less, meaning that there is less for society. Socialism degrades people by expecting little of them. Encouraging people to do the bare minimum needed.
Those who formed the Tea Parties know that a better life comes from hard work and self-sustainment. Even a frontiersman who worked hard each day for the few possessions he had was better off than those in the projects today. He would have never considered himself poor, and he was happy because he lived a useful and productive life, doing useful and productive things for his families and others around him.
Unfortunately the evil that is Socialism is very persuasive to many. Socialists use people’s natural tendency to envy and covet to gain power. They know that they can get a certain percentage of the population dependant on them. When those taking the free handouts discover that they are sad and miserable, as always comes to pass, the Socialists blame the those who have remained self-sufficient. They then use jealousy and envy to tear down the means for anyone to take care of themselves. They tear down the businesses through taxes, regulations, and wage and benefit laws. They take away what people have saved through taxes and inflation. They claim to act for the public good, but instead act for themselves. This is evil.
It is not easy to reverse course once Socialism has begun to take hold. It takes courage to pull oneself off of things on which one has become dependant and find another way. When the government provides all of the food it is hard to believe that one could get food without them. When they provide the housing you think that you will be homeless without them. And yet people have and people can again.
When there are no government schools parents can get together, provide the buildings and hire (or be) the teachers. When there is no government to provide food people can grow and trade so that everyone can eat. If government did not provide roads people in communities could organize to build roads or pool money to have needed roads built. The fact is that government never provides any of these things. It just takes a belief in oneself and in the community. The very thing Socialism takes away.
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