I keep hearing words like "force" and "make". I see lots of rules....typifying big gov't.
What level of "force" do we use to make a poor person sell off jewelry? Do we allow them to hold on to keepsakes? If so, how do they prove they didn't waste "our money" on frivolous stuff. Who decides the definition of overweight? How much nicotine is too much? If you ONLY had a cell phone and no landline....is that ok? My white, reared properly but unmarried daughter just made me a grandpa. Does this mistake make her any less deserving of assistance vs. someone divorced with kids? How and who decides all the exceptions? Pretty soon, you end up with the equivalent of the IRS code book.
The simple problem is we've become a society of entitlements. Between the two of us, my wife and I have over 50 years of service at Social Security. We both retired and Deb now works for an attorney who specializes in worker's comp and SSA disability cases. Believe me, we've seen it all and it's pretty much that simple......"my rights.....my entitlement". Reversal of this is impossible. Keeping in check is....impossible. It's a question of national morality and losing our sense of "me second....others first". As the preamble of the Constitution begins....WE the people....perfect UNION .......ensue domestic tranquility.....COMMON defence.....general welfare. All of these signify a selfless society. We've become selfish. This is largely why Obama won, tickling that entitlement bone, promising that Uncle Sam would be your most dependable and favorite relative.
The problem is we cannot legislate morality nor can you substitute "we the people", neighbor taking care of neighbor, with government programs. Akin to this is the whole sanctity of marriage issue and even the abortion issue. We didn't lose sight of the sanctity of life and the meaning of marriage due to a lack of laws and court rulings. We lost sight of our morality. As much as many conservatives, me included, would like to see our courts and legislature step in, morality cannot be easily dictated. True, many laws are based on morals, "thou shalt not kill". But, we've allowed ourselves to refer to a baby as a fetus rather than a person. The distinction has moved from the objective to the subjective. Same with marriage and many other issues to come.
Sorry for the rant. This flies in the face of much of what I said in my "What a great forum" post....getting away from COAL!! I know I sound totally pessimistic but I do think, absent a moral revival of some kind, we will continue down this road of selfishness, leading us to vote for those who feed our growing appetite of wanting but not working. We just voted ina man who will take an oath to uphold the constitution and all it's liberties and freedoms, but yet will rob us of those very liberties by forcibly redistributing the wealth....who forcibly will decide the future of industries like coal based on on an unproven theory of global warming.....who forcibly will decide FOR YOU how you heat your home, light your home, etc based on that same theory.....who will forcibly decide issues of tolerance and intolerance,further affecting what is taught in our schools and eventually reaching into our churches and even homes, removing tax exempt status for churches who teach against homosexuality ......who will skillfully, and with a mask of sincerity, change "We the people" to "We the government'.
P.S. - As I just told my FoxNews fanatical brother. Conservatives have only themselves to blame. They were afraid of nominating a Mormon. Mitt would have kicked butt!