A Libertarian friend of mine sent me an email with an article titled: “Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society’s Moral Character”. He asked me to comment on them. To set the record straight, I like many Americans, am registered as an Independent. (registered Independents have risen dramatically recently). I find most issues are best solved with understanding, compassion and compromise. I don’t know the author or where this was first presented but here goes (my comments will be in Italic)
Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society’s Moral Character – Tuesday, July 19, 2011
While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society’s moral character. Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse. Here are 10 reasons:
1. The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another. If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I? This is why Western Europeans, people who have lived in welfare states far longer than Americans have, give less to charity and volunteer less time to others than do Americans of the same socioeconomic status. - – - If not an opinion, where are the stats?
The greatest description of American civilization was written in the early 19th century by the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. One of the differences distinguishing Americans from Europeans that he most marveled at was how much Americans — through myriad associations — took care of one another. Until President Franklin Roosevelt began the seemingly inexorable movement of America toward the European welfare state — vastly expanded later by other Democratic presidents — Americans took responsibility for one another and for themselves far more than they do today. Churches, Rotary Clubs, free-loan societies and other voluntary associations were ubiquitous. As the state grew, however, all these associations declined. In Western Europe, they have virtually all disappeared. - – - Early 1800’s before slavery was abolished, what myriad of associations did this Frenchman speak about? I guess the welfare state means the implementation of Social Security, which was meant as a “savings account” before the corruption in Washington changed the rules. Want to know more of what happened to Social Security and how one Montana man responded to a comment made by Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming, Co-Chair of Obama’s deficit commission when he call today’s senior citizens the Greediest Generation? Some religious and charitable organizations publicly release their financial audits, some do not. Those that are released we find many that have administration costs exceeding more then 50% of revenue. Should we be cynical in how and what these “service” organizations provide?
2. The welfare state, though often well intended, is nevertheless a Ponzi scheme. Conservatives have known this for generations. But now, any honest person must acknowledge it. The welfare state is predicated on collecting money from today’s workers in order to pay for those who paid in before them. But today’s workers don’t have enough money to sustain the scheme, and there are too few of them to do so. As a result, virtually every welfare state in Europe, and many American states, like California, are going broke. - – - Please read senior citizens the Greediest Generation to better understand what Ponzi scheme we’re talking about.
3. Citizens of liberal welfare states become increasingly narcissistic. The great preoccupations of vast numbers of Brits, Frenchmen, Germans and other Western Europeans are how much vacation time they will have and how early they can retire and be supported by the state. - – - Is it the citizens (Does that include the working stiff and those unemployed because of the greed and corruption in corporate America and the politicians who received their PAC funds to do as they say.) that now work more hours than any other civilized nation for relatively less pay? Is it narcissistic to provide for your family?
4. The liberal welfare state makes people disdain work. Americans work considerably harder than Western Europeans, and contrary to liberal thought since Karl Marx, work builds character. - – - I AGREE! We do work harder than Western Europeans but how does that make America a welfare state?
5. Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing. In the liberal welfare state, one develops an entitlement mentality — another expression of narcissism. And the rhetoric of liberalism — labeling each new entitlement a “right” — reinforces this sense of entitlement. - – - I AGREE again!!! I believe there are people receiving benefits that should not be getting them. Can the government do better screening? Yes Why don’t we have that now? Good question, have you asked your congressman why? If you haven’t why not?
6. The bigger the government, the more the corruption. As the famous truism goes, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Of course, big businesses are also often corrupt. But they are eventually caught or go out of business. The government cannot go out of business. And unlike corrupt governments, corrupt businesses cannot print money and thereby devalue a nation’s currency, and they cannot arrest you. - – - Who catches corrupt businesses? The welfare state? Or maybe the churches and charity organizations? I think you’ll agree that’s a good job for government. But who catches government going corrupt, after all the same premise applies, “Power tens to corrupt and absolute corrupts absolutely” WE have the power to stop corruption in government. But how many of us are already corrupted by our elected leaders? What example do they provide? The longer one has power the less chance of the power being relinquished. That’s why a TERM LIMIT for Congress, as we have for the President, needs to be a reality!!! Ask your congressman what he thinks of that and tell me about his/her reaction.
7. The welfare state corrupts family life. Even many Democrats have acknowledged the destructive consequences of the welfare state on the underclass. It has rendered vast numbers of males unnecessary to females, who have looked to the state to support them and their children (and the more children, the more state support) rather than to husbands. In effect, these women took the state as their husband. - – - What???
8. The welfare state inhibits the maturation of its young citizens into responsible adults. As regards men specifically, I was raised, as were all generations of American men before me, to aspire to work hard in order to marry and support a wife and children. No more. One of the reasons many single women lament the prevalence of boy-men — men who have not grown up — is that the liberal state has told men they don’t have to support anybody. They are free to remain boys for as long as they want. - – - What???
And here is an example regarding both sexes. The loudest and most sustained applause I ever heard was that of college students responding to a speech by President Barack Obama informing them that they would now be covered by their parents’ health insurance policies until age 26. - – - Don’t get me started in healthcare – - – Too late you already did. Even though I believe Obama’s intentions were good to revise HealthCare his compromises provide a windfall for Healthcare over all and especially insurance companies. Outside of serious accidents or a rare disease, most people in there early twenties do not, I repeat DO NOT need to see their doctor on a regular basis. So who benefits when they do when they think “I don’t have to pay for this”? Now let’s look at the mandate to but insurance. The conservatives were opposed to this at first because of “civil liberty” repression even though we currently are mandated to buy automobile insurance but after they checked their portfolio and found that they own quite a bit of stock in healthcare insurance, the objections stopped. Why? Because in a couple of years, some 40 million people will need to buy health insurance. Let’s be generous and say these 40 million people were able to find a policy for $100 a month (hey no snickering) so in a couple of years the insurance companies will withstand a windfall of $4 billion a month more in revenue and probably as high as $12-$16 BILLION a month!!! More on this later.
9. As a result of the left’s sympathetic views of pacifism and because almost no welfare state can afford a strong military, European countries rely on America to fight the world’s evils and even to defend them. - – - Bullshit! Our recent involvement in Iraq was because of the Middle East Oil ties that the previous administration needed to kowtow too. Yet Obama get criticism from the conservative base for his restraints in using the military in this year’s uprisings in the Middle East.
10. The leftist weltanschauung (a comprehensive view or personal philosophy of human life and the universe) sees society’s and the world’s great battle as between rich and poor rather than between good and evil. Equality therefore trumps morality. This is what produces the morally confused liberal elites that can venerate a Cuban tyranny with its egalitarian society over a free and decent America that has greater inequality. - – - Great battles- – - fight – - – good and evil – - – rich and poor – - -Isn’t it time we work together and not against each other?
None of this matters to progressives. Against all this destructiveness, they will respond not with arguments to refute these consequences of the liberal welfare state, but by citing the terms “social justice” and “compassion,” and by labeling their opponents “selfish” and worse. - – - Doesn’t this article label progressive? When will we accept out differences and just DO THE RIGHT THING! Sorry about that – sounds too progressive. lol
If you want to feel good, liberalism is awesome. If you want to do good, it is largely awful. - – - For me, doing good feels good.
One thing to retain – TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS!
Good thing nobody reads this huh?
Final words —
People only see what they are prepared to see. – - – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist
“The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.” – - – Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish Statesman, Secretary-general of U.N.)