The following was recently received by email:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
It all sounds very logical and in a way, it is.
The email, of course is an attack on the Democratic party and has it’s merits.
Statement #1 is, as I see it, is 100% correct.
Statement #2 is also correct as far as it goes. However it could be taken to negate the need for charitable giving, something strongly advocated by Christian teaching. There are many reason why some people are in need of help from others. Many individuals will not or can not give this help and if individuals do not help we may need government to step in and do it. It would, however, be better for all concerned if it could be handled through the unselfish sharing of those who can.
Statement #3 it a simple statement of fact and is an unnecessary repeat of Statement #2. It is an apparent attempt to appeal to the selfishness of some.
Statement #4 again seems to be a simple mathematical truth. However it has been my personal experience that the more I share, the more I seemed to get.
Statement #5 is the kicker. It assumes that the poor are intentionally poor, a blatant falsehood. It assumes that the rest of us are hopelessly selfish, which I would like to deny. Aren’t we better than that?
I do not agree with many of the policies of the Democratic party but I will not be the kind of person that the extremist rabble rousers would like me to be.