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Personal comment: Robin Hood good; government no Robin Hood


PERSONAL Comments re article 66171 Thought government agencies handles problem in education

By Ed Pipalski
Personal opinion and commentary

One might be tempted to seek more government "support" networks in solving all the social problems and concerns with "governmental parenting." I assure you the "parenting" is not limited to schools.



Referring to the U.S. Constitution, we see the purpose of government. How far we have strayed from those simple and few enumerated purposes and powers. Some of the most misunderstood concepts of modern era: "Provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

Provide versus promote, it would seem that in popular contemporary view of government purpose we confuse the definition and roles of these two verbs whereby we generally have been indoctrinated to believe the purpose of government is to "Provide the general welfare" and "Promote the common defense."

This is clearly not the defined purpose of government, in fact the exact opposite of its clearly defined purpose. It is an undeniable fact, that the greater provisions of government welfare comes at the cost of individual liberties both for the recipient and the masses. Those who have their prosperity forcibly taken away through taxation have lost their liberty. The loss of liberty of one individual is the cost to provide blessings to another individual and grow an ever expanding governmental bureaucracy with which to administer these said "blessings."

In wailing about insufficient parenting by the bureaucracy, one must ask, "whom do you think has taught the parents for the last three generations?" Alas, the federalized Department of Education established in 1974. But, let us not presume that to be the only factor in play. Another is the destruction of the two-parent family and the rewarding of bad and irresponsible behaviors while mitigating the consequences thereof.

The "War on Poverty" in which Lyndon Johnson sent, "community organizers" into communities and offered to "Provide for the general welfare" of women thus becoming the governmental "father figure", if only, there was not an "able bodied" man in the household is at the root of the problem. Who's your daddy? Uncle Sam!

As governmental policy rewards undesirable behaviors; government reaps more of those behaviors, you reap what you sow. Necessity is the mother of invention, not dependency. In order to learn we must make mistakes and suffer the consequences of them. Governmental interference in free choice-and-consequences encourages an ever more and ever increasing ballooning of the envelope of unacceptable and irresponsible behaviors it does not curb said behaviors.

As long as we generally believe as a people, that government is our benefactor much like Robin Hood; let's hear a chorus from the indoctrinated masses to finish the quote, "who steals from the rich and gives to the poor" our liberty is doomed by both internal and external forces. Let our educators teach the truth about Robin Hood.

Robin Hood stole back the tax money arbitrarily and capriciously taken from the people by the Sheriff of Nottingham, an aristocratic agent of big government. Robin Hood only stole in the eyes of bureaucratic tax imposers; in truth, he simply returned to the people, what was rightfully theirs; restoring both liberty and justice, but not providing general welfare contrary to contemporary urban legend. In most cases here in America, we are victims of our own self-inflicted wounds (our choices); only consequences will curb that behavior not governmental subsidies.

The wealth and power of our country's political and bureaucratic class is secure when we as a people limit our intellectual capacity to bumper sticker slogans and an emotional "fear of loss of governmental welfare benefits" rather than an emotional "excitement and sense of adventure" required to succeed in the land of limitless opportunity. America is a great nation; we will have to change our thinking, the process of learning, to keep her that way. Let us begin here, let us begin now.

--Ed Pipalski



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