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)