In a free society, people are entitled to what they own, not to what others own. Yet, under the pre- tense of morality, politicians and advocacy
“By changing the role of government from a limited one of protecting persons and prop- erty to an unlimited one of achieving ‘social justice,’ Congress, the courts, and the presi- dent have roken their oaths to uphold the Constitution.”
groups have made the “right to welfare” the accepted dogma of a new state religion, in which politicians are the high priests and self- proclaimed “benefactors” of humanity.
But “the emperor has no clothes”: politi- cians pretend to “do good,” but they do so with other people’s money. Politicians put on their moral garb, but there is really nothing there. Government benevolence, in reality, is a naked taking. Public charity is forced charity, or what the great French liberal Frederic Bastiat called “legal plunder”; it is not a virtue but a vice.
Constitutionally Bankrupt The welfare state is also constitutionally bank- rupt; it has no basis in the Framers’ Constitution of liberty. By changing the role of government from a limited one of protecting persons and property to an unlimited one of achieving “social justice,” Congress, the courts, and the president
have broken Constitution.
In contrast, Congressman Davy Crockett, who was elected in 1827, told his colleagues, “We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”
What Sh uld Be D ne? Polls show that three out of four Americans dis- trust government and that more young people believe in UFOs than in the future of Social