A fellow writer recently wrote an article about Americans being held responsible for the actions of others. He stressed the concept because we are being held responsible for paying for others mistakes. He further stressed that if we have to do that then we should also carry the responsibility of making choices for them. It is a great concept especially since the irresponsible get into their predicaments because of being irresponsible in the first place. They obviously can’t make educated, responsible decisions for themselves. Their poor choices put them into the poor house and keep them there.
In a logical world people who are held responsible for others actions should be able to hold their benefactors accountable. However that tends to lean to a tyrannical form of governing but since our government was established with a different concept in mind this tends to go against America’s Constitutional Concepts. Our government was established with freedom in mind. We have the freedom to choose to be responsible or irresponsible for ourselves. We do not have the freedom to choose for others whether they are responsible or not.
Our Constitution was sit up so that people are free to pursue their happiness but stops short of guaranteeing any happiness. That was intentional because guaranteeing happiness is impossible and is contrary to the concept of freedom. Freedom gives us the ability to choose one’s own path to destiny, regardless if it is successful or not. That also means that we can’t choose the path of happiness for others.
I do understand and like the idea of forcing the irresponsible to make better choices but the problem with that statement is the word “force”. Once the permission for such force is given it is too easy for that power to be abused and it is also very hard to repeal that power. Keep in mind I’m not talking and I’m sure my fellow writer wasn’t talking about anyone who doesn’t have the capacity to make responsible choices. We are talking about those who can make better choices but don’t care too.
If someone makes the decision that they don’t want to live off of their own labors but instead wants to live off of society or others labors, then they should give up all their rights as Americans. After all it is apparent they don’t really believe in the American system of values. Since they don’t believe in the American system of values then they should lose all rights provided by that system. However our system doesn’t discriminate even against the lazy. Therefore forcing such choices onto others would undermine our basic core concepts.
As much as I would love to force others to make better choices I think it is against our Constitution. However I think we can convince them to make better choices for themselves. We could say they can have welfare as long as you meet certain requirements and those requirements require that they acting responsible. I will leave the list of requirements up to your imagination.
All those who will argue that America system is about charity or that Americans have always been and always will be charitable, I would answer that with the fact that charity has nothing to do with government handouts. Charity is about voluntarily giving to others. Government money has nothing to do with charity. How many of you voluntarily donate your money to the government? I would dare say none of you do. The government tells you that you have to give them their “fair share” of you income. Therefore the money given to them has nothing to do with charity. Giving to the lazy is at the very least misuse of funds by the government. I don’t pay my taxes so that someone else can sit at home, at their leisure getting fat, drunk, high and/or pregnant. I pay my taxes to fund the military and the government itself not the lazy. I do not donate any money to the government it is all taken by force from me by the government. That eliminates any possibility of calling my tax money charity.
Then there will be those who will say that they are entitled to the money. I would ask, what US law says that anyone is entitled to my hard earned cash? There is none, at least not yet. It is not an entitlement when you haven’t done anything to entitle you. Just being in America doesn’t entitle you to anything except all the rights and privileges written within our Constitution. The last time I checked the Constitution doesn’t entitle anyone to any money, let alone any of my money.
I think making irresponsible people responsible is not done by making choices for them but rather by eliminating the system that allows them to be irresponsible. We need to stop our welfare fraud system once and for all. I have nothing against our government helping people to get back on their feet but we need to stop allowing people to make a career out of the welfare system. You make people responsible when you remove the crutch and make them walk on their own two feet. Irresponsible people don’t usually make responsible choices unless they have to. Therefore the best thing we can do for them is to cut them off and force them to make responsible choices on their own.
This is the kind of change that will make a difference for America not the changes that are being crammed down our throats like the Affordable Healthcare Act. The path of change we are presently on is a path down a dead end street. The dead end on this path is the “dead end” of America. If you want to revive America then fight with all your soul against everything coming down that path. We need to fight to right the wrongs being perpetrated against the people. Our welfare system is one of those wrongs which has been around way too long.
It is every American’s responsibility to guard our freedoms and being tyrannical toward other Americans is not guarding anyone’s freedom. Therefore I can’t subscript to my fellow writers proposal of a mandate forcing certain actions onto the recipients of welfare. I do like the idea but I think it opens a Pandora’s Box of possible corruption and tyranny.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr
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