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  Brad Sherman

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The New Culture of Slavery

The Increasing Welfare State
Some estimate that more than 50% of the population in the United States is now on some form of government welfare.  We have an entire culture in our nation who believes that basic needs such as food, housing, transportation, medical care, etc. should be paid for by someone else. When they run short on money, they don’t take personal responsibility for it, they blame someone. When times are hard, they don’t look for a job, they look for a handout.  Economist Dr. Thomas Sowell puts it this way:

“The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are out numbered by the people that vote for a living.”
-Dr. Thomas Sowell
(see Occupy Wall Street by Dr Sowell)

How did we get this way? How did we come to this place as a nation, where we seem to be teetering on the brink of becoming a full-blown socialist welfare state? It has happened through an amazing mixture of hypocrisy and double standards. This is clearly illustrated by the politicians who promises the sky just to get elected. Then they line their own pockets with cash while going about the business of tearing down the very system of freedom that produced the cash in their pockets.

Think about it. If you continue to penalize the productive members of society with higher taxes and then give that money to the nonproductive members of the society, the productive members of society grow fewer and fewer and the nonproductive members of society increase in number. Eventually, the productive group will not be able to support the nonproductive group and the society will collapse.

This is what has happened in the recent mortgage crisis. People in places of power convinced people who could not afford a home that, somehow, the culture owed them one. Then they enacted laws to force lenders to make loans to people who could not afford to pay it off.

The CEO’s of the large mortgage and holding companies are not stupid. They realized that this system forced upon them by the socialists in Congress was self-defeating. So what did they do? They skimmed off huge profits for themselves before the impending collapse. Wrong? Yes, absolutely wrong! But after being forced into the situation by leftist self-serving politicians, they were basically just looking out for themselves ... in an extreme fashion!  Or maybe they were in on it from the beginning. Who knows?

This should be a serious warning to us that the same thing could happen to our society as a whole and we should throw out every liberal socialist  politician and look for true conservatives to replace them. But instead we hear the liberals blaming the conservatives for the problem! What hypocrisy!

Welfare Slaves
Yet, the welfare slaves continues to blindly follow and vote for the socialist liberals who promise them more free stuff. I call them “the welfare slaves” because those who are dependent upon a socialist government are trapped in a perpetual state of bare existence. What else would you call a person who has no hope of self-improvement but has to look to the rich and powerful to provide their most basic needs? I call that person a slave. This is exactly what liberal big-government socialism is producing in our nation, a culture of slaves.

Yet it seems that many African Americans, who have good reason to hate slavery and injustice in all its forms, are buying into this new system of slavery. Why? Because certain people, both black and white, are using the injustices against African Americans as an opportunity to gain personal power. They continue to emphasize injustice and play upon these misfortunes as a way of developing a following. They perpetuate racism, promote class warfare and stir up hatred because racism is the ship that delivers load after load of slaves to their political plantations. However, this new class of slaves in is not a race issue. Racism is just one of the recruitment tools. The slaves on these political plantations are of every color!

Emancipation From the New Slavery
Here are just a few things a person must accept before he or she can be set free from this new form of slavery:
     1) The welfare slave is locked into a minimal existence by a system that, by its very nature, will create the haves and the have nots.
     2) The socialistic big-government answers being proposed by the liberals are self-destructive because such government destroys the very source of its funding, the hard-working self-reliant citizen.
     3) As a welfare slave you have been conditioned to despise the very thing that can help you rise from poverty and injustice — personal responsibility and free enterprise unencumbered by government control.
     4) When government offers to provide for you that which you should provide for yourself, you are being asked to give up your freedom.
     5) Good government is responsible to protect your freedom; it is not responsible to meet your needs. If you look to your government to meet your needs, you will remain a slave.

It is the biblical concept of self-reliance and personal responsibility found in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “...we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”, combined with the principles of Christian charity, neighbors helping neighbors, that helped make America a great nation. But don’t confuse this with government redistribution of funds. This is not and never has been God’s plan for free people.

God tells us in 1 Samuel 8:1-18 what happens when we stop looking to God (taking personal responsibility) and looking to an earthly king (government) their source. We become servants and when we cry out because of the oppression of the leadership we have chosen for ourselves, God will not hear.

Soon we will be electing a new president and many members of congress. I ask you to think long and hard about the issues raised in this article and ask yourself who best represents freedom and personal responsibility. Then vote accordingly. It may not represent your ideal choice, but God help us if we continue down this road of socialism.