My Take on Why Americans should Desire Liberty, not Welfare
For far too long, Americans have let radicals on the left convince them that we should champion a social welfare system above all else. Sure, they say, that system will be expensive and result in more taxes for the average America. But, they say it’s worth it because it will make the lives of the lazy more comfortable (of course, that’s my paraphrased take on their argument). But, they’re wrong. Terribly wrong. Americans should desire liberty, not welfare programs.
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When Patrick Henry stood up and demanded “liberty or death,” he was calling for the economic freedom that comes with liberty, not just political liberty.
Most previous generations of Americans recognized that important fact. Unfortunately, today’s Democrats don’t. They just want welfare programs so they don’t have to work as hard. Charles Murray does a great job of identifying that problem in Coming Apart, if you want to read more about it.
Free college so they don’t have to major in something useful that will help them pay off their debt. Medicare for All so the government will pick up their hospital bill and they won’t have to worry about living a healthy lifestyle. A continuation of the expensive and unsustainable Social Security program so that they don’t have to plan ahead for retirement. And so on. The list of programs never ends.
They don’t want liberty. It’s too challenging for them because it carries responsibility with it. They would rather just have a government handout.
Some Americans, such as Charles Murray in The Bell Curve, call out those programs as harmful because of the deleterious effects they’re having on society. Niall Ferguson does the same in The Great Degeneration.
However, those who understand that Americans should desire liberty, not welfare are few and far between. Too many refuse to demand no new entitlements because they’re embarrassed. Those cowards are like the meek industrialists in Atlas Shrugged that bow down to social pressure and the government rather than standing up to socialism. The Founding Fathers would be ashamed.
So, now Americans have a choice to make. On one hand, we can continue going down the path we’re currently headed down. That’s the path of destruction for America. The size of the government, debt, and welfare programs will continue to grow as the number of Americans productively contributing to the economy decreases. That’s basically the plot of Atlas Shrugged and is evil, whatever the leftists that have created the false narrative that Robin Hood was a socialist or Jesus was a socialist want you to think.
Or, on the other hand, we can stand up to the pro-socialist, pro-terrorist left and demand that they remember the principles America was founded on. Demand that people understand that the choices they make matter and that they’re responsible for those choices. Once they learn that, they’ll understand why Americans should desire liberty, not welfare.
If we do that, we have a chance of reversing the current welfare state. A slight chance, to be sure, but a chance nonetheless. Perhaps, if we manage to convince enough people the truth, which is that Americans should desire liberty, not welfare, then maybe America will survive the battle over its fate and continue to prosper. At the very least, it’s worth a try.
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The Welfare State Versus the American Spirit: Why Americans Should Desire Liberty Over Welfare
Finally, just compare two very different quotes if you want to see why Americans should desire liberty, not welfare.
The first is by Ayn Rand:
“Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites.”
The other is the American Creed:
“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout…”
Do you see what I do in those two quotes? The spirit of Americanism as shown in the American creed is uplifting and positive. It is a spirit of adventure, conquest, construction, and positivity. It is the spirit that let Americans accomplish great things and was from a time when everyone knew that Americans should desire liberty, not welfare.
On the other hand, look at what the welfare state and what it brings with it. Moral degradation. Disappointment. Victims. Ency. Sloth. Welfare is evil and brings evil with it, as Ayn Rand said.
The difference could not be starker and is exactly why Americans should desire liberty, not welfare. America was a nation founded with those ideas in the American creed as a guiding force; we’re supposed to be a nation of explorers, entrepreneurs, and hard workers. Not a nation of envious and lazy socialists that want a handout.
Be an American. Demand liberty, not welfare.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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