Our nation is suffering from a plague of entitlement
We currently have a plague among us – a plague of entitlement. In our culture, we see this as expecting a higher standard of living than we can afford. In our government, we see this as expecting our government to pay for anything from education and helping the poor to luxuries – and accepting that it’s the government’s job to do so. The cost of this is the creation of national economic collapse and the resulting bankruptcy and erosion of our freedom due to the erosion of our understanding of justice and injustice.
Frederic Bastiat, from France, studied and wrote about systems of government. Our wise Founding Fathers knew of him and others. They based our Constitution on the writings of Bastiat and other similarly insightful men. I have based this article on the teachings of this astute man.
Bastiat describes government acting from within its proper boundaries in this way: “When Law and force keep a person within the bounds of justice, they impose nothing but a mere negation. They oblige him only to abstain from harming others. They violate neither his personality, his liberty, nor his property. They safeguard all of these. These are defensive; they defend equally the rights of all.” (Bastiat, Frederic. The Law, p. 25) This is the role of government: to safeguard our freedoms.
Now for his definition of legalized plunder: “But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” (Bastiat, Frederic. The Law, p. 17) This is what is happening today through our allowing our government to provide the “benefits” of “tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on and so on.” (Bastiat, Frederic. The Law, p. 18) And by so doing, we bring in socialism.
Why do people accept and even promote this plunder? Bastiat explains: “It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation.” (Bastiat, Frederic. The Law, p. 21) This is how well-meaning people are deceived and led into socialism and bondage.
Springville City has proposed a bond issue which will be voted on in November that appropriates up to $11 million dollars for the construction of an aquatics and activity center. Spanish Fork has proposed a $39 million bond issue for a Life Center. If we, the people, vote to approve either of these bonds, this will produce the following consequences: 1) the city – therefore, the people – will increase our debt by millions of dollars, 2) everyone – regardless of their vote on this bill – will be forced to participate in this debt, and 3) we will all lose a portion of our liberty because of our over-reaching government and our acceptance and promotion of this. We have a choice. We can have justice and liberty or we can have a government (and by extension ourselves) pay for all of the things that we want to receive for “free.” We cannot have both. I propose that we must realize the fallacy of the doctrine of “free” benefits, and I hope and pray that we will – through our votes, activities and communication with our leaders – eliminate this plague from among us and bring us back to the country that our founding fathers created for us.
The Bakker boys Carson and Brendan with dad Ben stand atop of this 10,687 foot summit on July 11. From the Loafer Mountain Trailhead up Payson Canyon on the Nebo Loop Road, there is about 3,100 feet of elevation change to the Old Glory-adorned peak. At this time of the year, the wildflowers are in full regalia as the 11-mile roundtrip trail courses you through an alpine landscape setting to the 44th most prominent peak in Utah. (Portions courtesy of summitpost.org)