The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Sir Winston Churchill
Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.
George Bernard Shaw
A ward of the State.
When we talk about wards of the State, what do you think of?
Perhaps no surprise, I immediately think of Annie…
as in “the sun will come out tomorrow”…Annie.
As in the little red-headed orphan who was, in essence, a ward of her state…
The definition of the ward of the state, according to legalbeagle.com is the following…
“Not all adults have the ability to care for themselves.
Whether from disability, disease or age, some adults are unable to make their own decisions without help.
They can become adult wards of the state when this happens.
Adult wards of the state don’t have adult family members who are willing or able to serve as guardians.
Guardians are instead appointed by the court from local government agencies to make decisions for them”.
In theory, I too was a ward of the state.
The day I was born, my mother signed the papers and in turn, walked directly out of the
hospital after having giving birth, while I then became a ward of the state—
all before my adoption.
So I get it.
I understand the notion of falling under the care of “the state.”
However my concern today, well past adoptions, is now for our Nation…
and the fact that so many of us seem to want to become wards of the “state.”
“Say what?” you ask…
“Who in the heck wants to be a ward???”
“A ward of the State?!”
But yet sadly, you have read correctly…
it appears as if a wide swarth of Americans want to become wards of the State.
As in giving up one’s ability to make it on one’s own, by one’s own merit,
and simply rest and relay upon one’s “State”— ie, one’s government…
relying on the government to care for us and to keep us up…and thus what does
the State requires in exchange?
Has history taught us nothing?!
Or perhaps the better question remains, do Americans really care?
Do Americans care whether or not they/we rely upon themselves/ourselves or rely upon their government
in order to provide for their needs?
Have we, as a people, not historically been known for our tenacity and fighting spirit
for all that exemplifies freedom??
Yet under a socialist state, citizens become wards of the State and therefore,
all their needs are covered, met and cared for..there is no need to fight for freedom.
They, in turn, become minions rather than fighters.
And so is that what we are?
Is that what we want?
As Americans, is that what we are–is that what we want?
We simply want to be minions?
Do we want to be placated underlings or do we want to be freedom fighters?
Do we want to be free to make our own choices?
Or do we simply want to give all of that up while simply being told what
we can or cannot do?
President Ronald Reagan quoting Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain noted that…
“The Founding Fathers were neither metaphysicians nor theologians,
but their philosophy of life and their political philosophy,
their notion of natural law and of human rights,
were permeated with concepts worked out by Christian reason.”
Reagan continued, “From the first, then, our nation embraced the belief that the individual
is sacred and that as God himself respects human liberty, so, too, must the state”
The Founders believed that freedom of religion and of conscience were both sacred–
more sacred than a man’s castle, as James Madison put it.
“The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man:
and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate,”
wrote Madson, who called conscience” the most sacred of all property.”
The Divine Plan / Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando
President Reagan, long before he was president, riled against the notion of an insidious
and far-reaching ‘state’ —a state that wants to not only care for the physical needs of its
people but a state that wants to make the final decision for man’s personal
relationship with his God.
As in there is no God…only the State.
In 1975, years before he became president, Reagan stated
“Socialists ignore the side of man that is of the spirit,”
“They can provide shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans,
treat you when you’re ill –
all the things that are guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave.
But they don’t understand we also dream, yes, even of owning a yacht.”
It would behoove us to remember that the current folks running for the Democratic
party’s nomination are each touting the notion of the ‘big State’…
that being the big State making both your and me its wards…it’s minions.
Wards are not free but are rather dependant…as in totally dependent.
Dependance did not win us a Declaration of Independence.
Please click the following link which is a story about a prophetic warning.
A warning offered by Ronald Reagan, long before he was president…
(back to the Mayor and the Sheriff–the life lesson post must wait a bit more)
[…] via ward of the state… — cookiecrumbstoliveby […]
You must have watched the debate. I turned off the TV and went to bed.
There is an old study circulating the internet about how a democracy rarely lasts more than 200 years, because a government of the people finds out that they can simply have the government take care of them. The last two stages of democratic decline are apathy and entitlement. We’ve been there for a while, and I still contend (and my reason for not watching the debate) is that the Dem has designed a means of overthrowing the government and any non-Dem will be silenced at best and imprisoned at worst. And the only ones with freedom will be the Dem leaders, since no one else will be earning a living.
Oh no— never — those debates give me headaches— no, I had this little thought a while ago…the more I simply listen to Bernie 😳
I believe Bernie is a sleeper agent that the USSR forgot about.
And.. I find it funny that dear old Bernie is quite the millionaire with quite the multiple homes … ode to spreading the wealth 😏🤣
Keep thinking I ought to listen to the Democrats, but it would be so depressing.
I find the snippets that I see on the news so frustrating, I couldn’t dare bring myself to watch the entire fiasco— debate after debate!!
What little that filters through to me is depressing.
“Yet under a socialist state, citizens become wards of the State and therefore, all their needs are covered, met and cared for..there is no need to fight for freedom.” If only, but you know that under all collectivisms, very soon the capacity of the State to care for anyone but the elite deteriorates. The wards become as orphans without an orphanage!
Exactly— hence my wishing to sound the alarm— NO to socialism!!!!!!!!
You amaze me with your knowledge and way of putting words together. You should run for president! You have my vote.
No that’s Oneta 🤣😂
I think Oneta has changed her mind about entering the swamp😳
We’ll just need to equip her with a flamethrower
Good post, Julie.
It’s always fascinated me, some of the greatest horrors that the Left tends to fight against, things like state run Indian schools or kids allegedly kept in cages at the border, (a falsehood, a bit of hyperbole) but all these things they object to involve being a ward of the state. So logically what we should all do is reduce or limit the power of the State and make sure as few of us as possible fall under it’s control, right? But of course not, it’s more like, “look at how bad it can be when the State is in charge, let’s make the State in charge of everyone and everything.” Sheesh. Crazy making.
Now of course, not all government power is bad. Sometimes people need to be a ward of the state.The thing is in the US we have a system of checks and balances, 3 branches of gov, civil rights, a whole court system focused on the rights of the accused, free elections, a free press, all these things designed to put limits on excessive power and to provide us a recourse should things go awry. When you are fully dependent, there really is no recourse.
We have a lot of homeless people here. Some are tragic, have made a lot of bad choices, want to go right on doing that. But others are like, I’d rather be free and living in a tent, than forced into a gov system that makes me a ward of the state and controls my every move. It’s so ironic to me, it’s often the very poor who understand the dangers inherent in socialism in ways the more privileged just don’t get.
Thanks IB— this won’t be my last looksie into the current notion of ‘all the rage’ socialism— gotta nip this nuisance in the bud while we still have time 🤨
IB, you touch on a good point about the Left and their never ending thirst for MORE government that I’ve tried o explain to my liberal friends to no avail. You can’t complain about how evil a politician or political party is and also promote policies that would strengthen and grow their power. It’s completely illogical yet here we are.
I’ve always said the the best hypocrisy test a person can give themselves about public policy is whether their position on it would change if their guy was or was not in charge. The cognitive dissonance with politicians on stuff like this is stunning.
Some funny observations there.
Why do some of the homeless strive so hard to maintain their independence? Don’t know. I think I have a better idea of why wealthier people fall for Socialism. We have Socialist schools; it is what they know. Socialism also gives them a way to show how much the care without actually doing anything. They love the poor (starve them), the old (euthanize them), the young (abort them), the disabled (pretend they are not), the colored (expect little of them), the sexually confused (humor them), and so forth (pander to everyone).
Socialism is for the gutless, people afraid to believe in God.
Excellent, thoughtful post.
Wisdom Tom— thank you!!
I have plans to begin commenting on politics again after March 3. I happen to be covering more important things right now. But I agree with everything you say here. The Franklin Roosevelt-Bill Clinton belief that “some problems are too big to be solved by anything other than the government” leaves a lot to be desired. Some problems are too big for the government, I think. J.
Can’t wait for your insight and wisdom ☺️
Good post again Julie. Years and years of kids being brainwashed in schools has helped bring us to this sad state of government dependence. The politicians don’t help of course either as they promote more policies to “fix” the disasters their previous caused. Vicious circle.
You’re a warning bell. I can’t imagine your experience you went through. YOu’re a tough cookie
So so good and important. Will folks pay attention? Funny how facts don’t seem to matter to a large portion of our population 😦
Just the facts mam
I only want to be a minion if I can be one of the “yellow ones” you have show-cases. Giggles. I love THOSE minions! (But definitely concur with the silliness of the others you spoke of!) 😉