The following excerpt is taken from the book, The 5000 Year Leap - A Miracle That Changed the World, by W. Cleon Skousen. If you have not picked up the book, please do.
Since the genius of the American system is maintaining the eagle in the balanced center of the spectrum, the Founders warned against the number of temptations which might lure subsequent generations to abandon their freedoms and their rights by subjecting themselves to a strong federal administration operating on the collectivist Left.
They warned against the “welfare state” where the government endeavors to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. Jefferson wrote:
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”
They warned against confiscatory taxation and deficit spending. Jefferson said it was immoral for one generation to pass on the results of its extravagance in the form of debts to the next generation. He wrote: “...we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life [expectancy] of the majority.”
The Founders also warned that the only way for the nation to prosper was to have equal protection of “rights,” and not allow the government to get involved in trying to provide equal distribution of “things.” They also warned against the pooling of property as advocated by the proponents of communism. Samuel Adams said they had done everything possible to make the ideas of socialism and communism unconstitutional. Said he:
"The Utopian schemes of leveling [re-distribution of wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of the means of production and distribution], are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional."
It is obvious that our Founding Fathers knew of the potential dangers that exist within a government, but we have not heeded their warnings. We are currently embedded in a tragedy by our own design, disregarding our own restraint and that of our representation. We have let the wolves run loose and they have consumed our prosperity and inherent nobility. Just because you are receiving a paycheck for your labor does not preclude the government from forming a debt bondage with you, because it already has. By amassing a trillion dollar debt your wage, as well as the wages of future generations, will be apportioned so that government spending can be paid off. Do not be deluded and believe that an initial tax cut (extra money to be seen in your paycheck) will prohibit the subsequent requirement of repayment for said spending, because it will not. The money has to come from somewhere, so you will have to be conscribed into a quasi-form of peonage where you, the debtors, are bound in servitude to a creditor (i.e. the government) until the liquidation of debts are deemed settled.
So were the Tea Parties that protested around the country necessary? They absolutely were, and how were they seen by the media and left leaning politicians? They were called racists, extremists, uninformed simpletons, anti-government, plants by the right, non grassroots (astroturf), and rich people complaining about having to pay their fair share. And we were worried about how we would be perceived in the media if we showed up with signs saying, “No To Socialism.”
We are at a state where political correctness is synonymous with restrictive speech and the stultification of our expressive freedoms. We are bombarded everyday with leftist, statist propaganda that is intent on stifling criticism and collective outrage, and yet we are concerned with our own degree of civility. The Golden Rule, or the ethic of reciprocity, has been melted down into a key chain and shown for amusement. And yet we are worried about disreputable classifications. The simple fact that we, the collective citizenry, have remained placid and ineffectual only invigorates our representatives into institutionalizing more forms of repressive legislation and aggressive taxation. As we worry about the efficacy of protest verbiage, our liberties are eroding away without any consideration for future generations. With respect to the socialism usage, this is a definition I found;
“Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.”
With all of the news pertaining to our governments actions, if it isn't socialism, what is it? Do not worry about the veracity of a group of words if the denominations that are offered mirror in relativity. To bog yourself down with details can nullify a passionate spirit.
"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. " Thomas Jefferson
The actions that are available to us will be discussed in a future blog, so stay tuned!!