Our na­tion is suf­fer­ing from a plague of en­ti­tle­ment

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Robyn Kimpton

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.

By Von Isaman

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)

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