Imagine you and I are strolling down the street one fine day on our way to have a nice lunch and we come across a woman who is truly destitute. She needs many things including food to feed her baby. Imagine also that you just cashed a check and you know, and I know, that you have $200.00 in your pocket.
Now imagine that I decide that you should give the $200.00 dollars to the woman. (Remember, she is truly needy.) So I take out my handgun and I order you, at gunpoint, to turn over the $200.00 to the woman.
Not wanting your brains splattered all over the street, you comply, but it’s not over. Let’s just say that I am so moved by this woman’s situation that I order you to come to my house tomorrow and the next day and every day until you die and give me more money so that I can provide for her and her children and her grandchildren indefinitely. Furthermore, I make it clear to you that if you do not do as I command, I will use force against you and your loved ones.
Of course, if I behaved this way toward you, I would be acting criminally because I have no right to force you to part with your property even if the cause is a worthy one. The question then becomes, would this action on my part be legal and righteous if it was done not just by me, but collectively? Let’s say, everybody on the whole street agrees that we should take your money and give it to the needy woman. Is there any moral principle that makes COLLECTIVE force acceptable when the use of force INDIVIDUALLY would be a crime?
The answer is, of course, no.
Now since men are fallen creatures and work is required for making a profit it will naturally occur to some that it may take less effort to steal the profit that other individuals earn rather than to take the time and expend the effort to earn profit for themselves. Unfortunately people will tend to do this so long as the effort and risk are minimal.
Tragically those we trust with authority have the same fallen nature with the same temptation to steal and it is both common and natural that they will invent “laws” which allow them to steal the profit and the substance of others by means of the very laws they have created.
Let’s be clear, this is exactly what Bernie Sanders desires to impose on America. In contradiction to your charitable giving, the spoils of Bernie’s plunder will be awarded to whomever he decides.
What are the consequences of such a perversion? In the first place, it erases from everyone’s conscience the distinction between justice and injustice. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. These two evils are of equal consequence.
Out of our love of our Country and for the honor of God, we must weed out the evil of socialism… first in our own thinking, and then, in our civil government.
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