Monday, May 19, 2008

What about the needy?

Republicans, Libertarians, and Constitutionalists (I semi-affiliate with all three) are often called heartless, self-serving, and a number of other unkind things. They are accused of not caring about the poor. I find this a bit insulting. I do care about the needy. I just think there is a better way to care for them than stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Furthermore, charity forced by the government always backfires.

Ezra T. Benson wrote, "Most other countries in the world have attempted to use the power of government to meet this need. Yet, in every case, the improvement has been marginal at best and has resulted in the long run creating more misery, more poverty, and certainly less freedom than when government first stepped in."

Henry Grady Weaver wrote, "Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own... The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional "do-gooders," who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means."
I second both of these quotes. That is all.

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