There is this catch-phrase being tossed about by liberal talking heads. It is “Social Justice.” Which is supposed to confer this glorious righteousness of equality.
To quote one of my favorite actors, R. Lee Ermy: “Horse hockey!” In reality, there is no justice in taking something from another, against their will, to give it to someone else.
If it were anyone other than the government doing that, the justice would be seeing the perpetrator arrested. But since it’s the government, they can somehow get away with that? Wrong.
If you think we need to help others, then start helping them. It isn’t the responsibility of your federal government to provide food and shelter to you, or your neighbors. If you need help, don’t be afraid to talk to your neighbor and ask them if you can mow their lawn, watch their kids, something. You should always try to find some other way to support yourself. If your neighbor needs help, you should help, if you can. But don’t just give it to them. That simply breeds laziness, and they will keep coming back to you for more.
There is a moral imperative for us to help our neighbors. Most Libertarians will agree with that statement. Most Christians will, as well. The problem is, that far too many people in this nation have developed a twisted version of that imperative, taking Jesus Christ’s command to “give of yourselves to the poor” to mean “Make the government do it instead.”
NO! The command was GIVE OF YOURSELVES! Not force everyone else to give, at gunpoint. Libertarians understand this. Personal charity has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with social programs. If you want to help the poor.. You help them. You should even speak out, and try to convince others to join you in helping out.
But no matter the cause, no matter how righteous it might seem, getting the government involved is not how our founders envisioned the United States. We were supposed to be a simple Republic, where both the wishes of the entire people, AND the wishes of the individual states would be acted upon. Spending taxpayer dollars on social programs is an immoral affront to this system of governance.