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I Sing the Bondage of Welfare

by Marco Ken on March 15, 2013

in Politics





I’ve often imagined General Washington on the battlefield looking for recruits to help America fight for independence from Britain.  After he gives a resounding speech on why man should be free a farmer asks the general if America will continue to provide him with food stamps, section 8 housing, social security and welfare.  Upon hearing General Washington say that the effort of the revolt is freedom, the farmer concludes saying that while things may be bad, at least he’s getting fed.  He therefore chooses not to bite the hand that feeds.

It is a not-too-far-off view from where we are heading.  Breaking the bonds of slavery is very difficult.  The Bible teaches that after the Jews were freed from Egypt, the Lord made them nomads in the desert for 40 years (about 2 generations) until delivering them to the promised land.  Many historians claim this was done to ensure the previous generation born into bondage died out and there was time to toughen the new generation.

Welfare programs are generally created with the best of intentions.  If your country is wealthy then why should people suffer?  It’s a logical question and a valid point to be sure.  The problem happens once one examines the other side of the coin.  Once a man stops working for food and is provided with it he ceases to work.  This happens all throughout the animal world.  It is best illustrated in a story which originally appeared in the Miami daily news in 1950.  The original article can be seen here.  “Migration of shrimp fleet causes seagulls to starve.

To surmise, the shrimpers would throw scraps overboard which were then eaten by the seagulls.  The seagulls quickly learned that it is easier to eat the scraps than to fish for food.  This went on for generations of seagulls and eventually once the shrimpers moved on the seagulls starved because they had lost the ability to feed themselves.  What happens to a human, however, is far more insidious as a human is capable of spatialization ( i.e. cause and effect / determining a future outcome based upon circumstance).  It is further for this reason that all responsible societies look down upon those who prefer handouts to hard work as the final conclusion is apathy and dependency, and lastly slavery.  I ask you to consider this:  Have you every looked at those old magazines or history books which discuss the bread and soup lines in the great depression?  Have you ever wondered why the people in those pictures were dressed in their finest?  The answer is simple…pride.  They had learned all their life the value of hard work and that to ask for a handout is humbling and something to be ashamed of.  Dressing in their finest was a way for them to retain a measure of pride.  Bear in mind that all this occurred before the federalization of welfare benefits.  These people you see in the soup lines were looking into the eyes of their neighbors and friends.  It was the individuals in the community who were donating their food, time, and money.  These people had, in essence, become beggars and that was shameful for them.

Government, however, knows that it can increase its power through a dependent populace. for this reason the face of welfare has been replaced by that of big brother.  We no longer see soup lines or breadlines or mobs of people who need food, yet they still exist.  The shame is gone.  In fact, one may rightly conclude that the government prefers there is no shame at all, that government is merely doing it’s duty to the people.  It is doing an act of kindness and goodness.  This, however, is actually the Faustian hand of government.  Whereas the community expected nothing in return, big brother demands obedience of its servants.  This is in fact the key to the Faustian bargain and when looking at the situation from a technical perspective it becomes plainly evident.  Unlike depression-era welfare whereby shame was a motivating factor to do whatever was necessary to avoid a handout, handouts are now referred to as “benefits.”  Shameful acts are no longer considered shameful.  Big brother, in fact, encourages individuals to do what feels right and have no shame in what one does.  Indeed, have you not noticed the consistent focus on self-esteem, and that what others think of you doesn’t matter.  Many government-funded schools (public schools) are now doing away with class standing, dean’s list recognition, Valedectorian recognition and the like as it devalues an under-achiever’s self-esteem.

But I ask this, isn’t what other’s think of you a motivating factor?  You work hard because you don’t want people in your community to think you’re a bum.  Women are cautious in their relationships lest they gain the reputation as a  ‘tramp’  and having children out of wedlock was unthinkable.  But what does government say?  Government encourages these things.  No need to work too hard…if you can’t make ends meet, the government shall help.  Have a child out of wedlock?  No need for the father to stick around, there are a myriad of programs available to help you.  All you need do is trade your soul and embrace big brother.  What then is the final cost of this Faustian bargain?  Your obedience.  And it is this blind obedience that makes you a slave.  For once you accept this bargain, government takes it to its frightening conclusion; namely, you are now owned.  Have you not noticed how each time big brother smothers a freedom and the general populace shows its displeasure the response is that yes, you may elect someone else, but you do so at the peril of losing your benefits which the current party in power has worked so hard to provide.  And so the cycle continues just like that of the seagulls, government becomes more powerful and the shackels become stronger.

For generation after generation we have now created an entire class of people who can no longer make decisions for themselves and can no longer feed themselves.  Just like the seagulls who forgot how to fish, we have multiple generations who no longer seem able to set an alarm clock, to shave before an interview, to dress properly for an interview, or even how to speak in a respectful tone to bosses and coworkers.  If hurricane Katrina would have hit New Orleans in 1961, it would still have been devastating, but we would not have thousands of people in just one city in America staggering around like lost sheep wondering why the master (government) isn’t taking care of them.  I say what we saw with Katrina is proof that welfare has a completely opposite effect over what is intended.

And this then leads us back to the discussion about slavery and bondage.  How does welfare turn a man into a slave?  Simple.  Once you can no longer feed yourself and are responsible for receiving sustenance from another, you will do whatever that person tells you so you don’t starve.  Do you support a man marrying a goat?  No?  Too bad.   If big brother does than so shall you as well.  Your petty morality and mythical Bible are irrelevant in the land of bondage.  The only thing that is real are the hunger pangs.  And this is why the dependent class will continue to do the things they do and vote the way they do.  For they too have learned not to bite the hand that feeds when you live under the master’s roof.  And this must be a telling lesson to us all.  For as this class grows we can be certain that government shall use them to take away the rights of us all.  Be warned,  it is merely a small step before your freedom of speech is eradicated in exchange for a piece of bread.

-Marco

  • The Doctor

    Marco,

    This is correct and what most “average” citizens fail to see. Of course they fail to see it because the pace of which these changes began occuring were purposely slow. It has been a gradual erosion of our morality that began this decline. Starting with the Baby Boomers a new sentiment began to arise, one of egoism and selfishness. This was the rise of “free love”, a movement at its essence can be encapsulated as if it makes me feel good and happy it can’t be bad. Anything that undermined this way of thinking was attacked, at the core the object is our christian-based morality.

    This is not to say that America as a nation should only serve those of Christian faith, but our nation was instead founded upon the belief in individual freedom and it is recognized that that freedom is only guaranteed by divine authority. This is why activists have worked so dilligently to discredit and remove any spiritual reference from our governing body. In order to change our culture we must first remove the morality that protects the culture. An unfortunately the oppsition to liberty has been all to successful over the past 60 years.

    Regardless, these changes as said earlier are slow moving, so as not to alarm the citizenry. has anyone heard the saying that to cook a frog you can’t place him in a pot of boiling water. You place him a cold pot of water first and gradulaly increase the heat. This is the principle of incrementalization, the slow inexorable process of affecting change. This process is what whill be followed until a population reaches 50%+ in favor of the change, at which point sweeping changes take affect without the citizenry at large being any none the wiser. This same process has been the motive force behind China’s territorial expansion and the expansion of Islam across the globe.
    Friends, we are at the 50% tipping point at this moment. No President has made such sweeping changes in such short notice that are fundamentally in opposition to our constitutional values as Barak Obama has. The end of our great Republic is at hand, the question is whether or not the patriots living in our nation has the fortitutde to stem the tide and reverse the actions in place. Me personally, I am looking at property in New Zealand.

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