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PostSubject: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:43 pm

Immoral Beyond Redemption


Walter E. Williams
Jun 06, 2012



Benjamin Franklin, statesman and signer of our Declaration of Independence, said: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." John Adams, another signer, echoed a similar statement: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Are today's Americans virtuous and moral, or have we become corrupt and vicious? Let's think it through with a few questions.

Suppose I saw an elderly woman painfully huddled on a heating grate in the dead of winter. She's hungry and in need of shelter and medical attention. To help the woman, I walk up to you using intimidation and threats and demand that you give me $200. Having taken your money, I then purchase food, shelter and medical assistance for the woman. Would I be guilty of a crime? A moral person would answer in the affirmative. I've committed theft by taking the property of one person to give to another.

Most Americans would agree that it would be theft regardless of what I did with the money. Now comes the hard part. Would it still be theft if I were able to get three people to agree that I should take your money? What if I got 100 people to agree -- 100,000 or 200 million people? What if instead of personally taking your money to assist the woman, I got together with other Americans and asked Congress to use Internal Revenue Service agents to take your money? In other words, does an act that's clearly immoral and illegal when done privately become moral when it is done legally and collectively? Put another way, does legality establish morality? Before you answer, keep in mind that slavery was legal; apartheid was legal; the Nazi's Nuremberg Laws were legal; and the Stalinist and Maoist purges were legal. Legality alone cannot be the guide for moral people. The moral question is whether it's right to take what belongs to one person to give to another to whom it does not belong.

Don't get me wrong. I personally believe that assisting one's fellow man in need by reaching into one's own pockets is praiseworthy and laudable. Doing the same by reaching into another's pockets is despicable, dishonest and worthy of condemnation. Some people call governmental handouts charity, but charity and legalized theft are entirely two different things. But as far as charity is concerned, James Madison, the acknowledged father of our Constitution, said, "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." To my knowledge, the Constitution has not been amended to include charity as a legislative duty of Congress.

Our current economic crisis, as well as that of Europe, is a direct result of immoral conduct. Roughly two-thirds to three-quarters of our federal budget can be described as Congress' taking the property of one American and giving it to another. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for nearly half of federal spending. Then there are corporate welfare and farm subsidies and thousands of other spending programs, such as food stamps, welfare and education. According to a 2009 Census Bureau report, nearly 139 million Americans -- 46 percent -- receive handouts from one or more federal programs, and nearly 50 percent have no federal income tax obligations.

In the face of our looming financial calamity, what are we debating about? It's not about the reduction or elimination of the immoral conduct that's delivered us to where we are. It's about how we pay for it -- namely, taxing the rich, not realizing that even if Congress imposed a 100 percent tax on earnings higher than $250,000 per year, it would keep the government running for only 141 days.

Ayn Rand, in her novel "Atlas Shrugged," reminded us that "when you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good."


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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:23 pm

Very well put. I will be copying this and posting it at work on Monday. This is a great analogy.
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:12 am

Certainly opens your eyes if you possess any common sense at all and I don't think the current group of heatherns have the capacity to even understand!!! TWIT!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:43 pm

It goes to show you how ignorance rules supreme with those types.
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:13 pm

Ignorant certainly describes them very well!! TWIT!!

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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:30 pm

I could say more except I am bound by the guides of this forum.
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:48 am

I think there are a lot of other terms that describe them accurately but I agree, we are bound to stay at least halfway civil in our discussions of these bumbling arseholes!!! LMAO!!

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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:59 pm

Damn!!!! I was hoping you would say you were going to look the other way. GGG
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:32 pm

I probably would!!! GGG!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:15 pm

I think I will just let it go with my original comments and not take the chance. GGG
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:17 am

Okay!!! But this is absolutely teh one place int he world where you can truly express your opinion with no fear of backlash!!! JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:29 pm

Ok....they all suck polluted pond scum!!! How's that?!?
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:49 am

It's okay to be truthful but you don't really have to get that nasty!!! ROFLMAOCGUPMPGGGGGGG!!

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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:09 pm

Sometimes I just have to let go and lash out!!!! LMAO
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PostSubject: Re: Immoral Beyond Redemption   Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:19 pm

GGG!!

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