How to Save a Country in Crisis

How to Save a Country in Crisis

How to save a country in crisis? Specifically, how do you save our country?

The only way to save our country is to wake our neighbors and send an army of Mr.Smiths to Washington to cut programs and close agencies.

Proposals for flat or fair tax reform, a balanced-budget amendment to cut deficits, term limit laws, Rep. Mack’s Penny Plan, or even Mr. Levin’s Article V remedy will come too late and accomplish too little. In the end, these well-intentioned, patriotic plans deal in symptoms and so cannot reach the root of what ails us. There is no safe way to finance the cost of runaway government. It’s the spending, “stupid.” So why not let conservatism do to DC what liberalism has done to Detroit: DEPOPULATE THE PLACE.

Here, then, is a reform proposal unlike any anyone else has dared to raise, a plan that is certain to spark a firestorm of controversy and move the national policy debate way over to the right.

Defund ObamaCare, then dismantle the rest of the Welfare State.

Make government a PROTECTOR not a PROVIDER.

Welfare isn’t just the welter of anti-poverty programs, but any government act intended not to defend us all, but to benefit some Americans at others’ expense. In short, corporate and social welfare are two expressions of the same worrisome reality. Welfare expenditures, so conceived, now exceed 75% of annual federal spending. They come in the form of pork, bacon, earmarks, member items, constituent services, farm subsidies, business bailouts, pay-2-play, 2-big-2-fail and the vast array of so-called “entitlements.” Welfare is why shy-high tax levels, recurring deficits and a staggering $18 trillion public debt lay such a heavy weight on a struggling “free” market. It could have been predicted, for:

Once a nation decides that some of its citizens have a right not to go out and get, but to sit still and be given it finds itself torn by two questions: Who should be given and how much should they get?

There’s only one answer: Politics.

As the demand for benefits rises, so, inevitably, will the supply. It’s politics! And it is bringing this nation to the doorstep of disaster.

Welfare harms most the very people it is intended to help, unless human compassion consists of consigning able-bodied men and women to an effort-free wonderland of stigmatized indigence. And unless it is only by destroying any prospect of robust job growth that we can guarantee the “poor” an abundance of opportunity. Besides, the last person you’d expect to end poverty is anyone who makes his living administering anti-poverty programs.

But, to suggest that without a welfare state, men and women will suffer for want of a helping hand is to utter a libel lacking even a smidgen of historical evidence. Americans are the most generous people that ever peopled the planet. In a welfare-free climate of low taxes, dramatically reduced capital-draining deficits, i.e., an opportunity-rich climate, there certainly will be sufficient benevolence, generosity and good will to care for those FEW who truly can’t care for themselves.

What does any of this have to do with the nation’s founding principles? Everything. The U.S. Constitution pledged “to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” It thus wrote into law what the patriots of ’76 firmly declared, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Government derives its powers from the consent of the people. And, NO person may take or give away what belongs to another. Ergo, no government may claim the right to take from THIS person to give to THAT person. The principle of PROPERTY stands guard against all forms of wealth transfer (aka WELFARE). Government may take (i.e., tax) only as much as is required to guarantee all the safety on which liberty depends.

In short, where there is socialism there is a denial of liberty and property; where there is WELFARE there is SOCIALISM. Where government’s sole role and solemn duty is to PROTECT and never violate the freedom of the citizens, there is LIBERTY. All the nation really needs is a fuller grasp of all that liberty promises and implies. Dear reader, we can “take back our country,” restore prosperity and retrieve our true founding principles in one bold, radically conservative and constitutional stroke. But to do so we’ll need to mount a full-scale, “Great American Welfare Revolt.” Interested?

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Jerome Huyler is a former assistant professor at Seton Hall University. He earned his PhD in political science from the New School University in 1992 and his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, where he majored in philosophy. He is also the author of: Locke in America: The Moral Philosophy of the Founding Era. And Everything You Have: The Case Against Welfare.

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  1. Excellent piece. Before all the govt. welfare $$ what did folks have? The generosity of the churches & community. And more self reliance than people possess today. Sure would be nice to have a revolution occur to remove those shackles. When did we as a nation begin to fear our government ?

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