Slave owners were making a profit from the forced labor of others. So it’s rather disturbing that we hear the following from a young black man at a historically black Howard University where Rand Paul gave a speech:
“Good afternoon, Senator. My name is Keenan Glover, I’m an administration of justice major from Rochester, New York. A freshman, as well. You say you want to provide a government that leaves us alone. Quite frankly, I don’t want that. I want a government that is going to help me. I want a government that is going to help me fund my college education. I want a government that won’t define me by my FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] or by my family’s income. I’m a dollar sign with a heartbeat in this nation. This society is a mirror image of Capitol Hill. Do you, Senator Rand Paul, have a solution to come up with new American values so that the citizens of this nation have a worth of more than dead presidents and Ben Franklin?”
The Left has been good at naming things to make bad programs and ideas sound better to the public (low-information voters). It’s time that conservatives return the favor. The above student was advocating theft — finding elected officials who are willing to steal from people with money so he can have his college education funded. “Theft” is the operating word. For the Liberal, it’s not theft; it’s “compassion” and “social justice.”
Here are some examples of how liberals cover their evil programs with positive terms. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is one example. Who could be against protecting patients and offering affordable healthcare? It does neither.
Social Security. “What, you’re for social insecurity?” “Gay” instead of same-sex sex. Pro-choice rather than “killing pre-born babies.”
Franky Schaeffer, before he lost his mind and his way, described the tactic this way:
“Think of the use of labels to categorize political activity. Some labels are used to neutralize the actions of certain groups; others denote being ‘one of us,’ acceptable.
“The words ‘right wing,’ ‘fundamentalist,’ ‘pro-life,’ ‘absolutist,’ and ‘deeply religious,’ are put-downs more than categories. Conversely, think of the unspoken pat on the back and blessing that the following words convey: ‘moderate,’ ‘pluralistic,’ ‘liberal,’ ‘civil libertarian,’ ‘pragmatic,’ and ‘enlightened.’”1
Liberals talk about “government funded education . . . government-backed loans . . . government entitlement programs” as if the government had its own money to give.
These are cover words for theft by government action. Let’s call it what it is. Before the government can give money away, it must take it from somebody. It must steal before it can get so it can give in order to ingratiate itself to the voting public.
The late Margaret Thatcher said it best: “There is no such thing as public money. There is only taxpayers’ money.”
Is it any wonder that a majority of Democrats, who are recipients of much of the theft that comes from tax payers, have a favorable view of the federal income tax system?
“Besides Democrats, those most favorable to the federal income tax system were liberals (47 percent), non-whites (47 percent), 18- to 39-year-olds (46 percent), and those making less than $50,000 per year (44 percent).
“Notably, the less wealthy and young people are less likely to pay any federal income tax.”
Herbert Spencer said, “That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave [from the freeman] is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another man’s desires.”
A black student should understand this, but this one doesn’t. His ancestors were forced into slavery; he’s chosen slavery.
- Franky Schaeffer, A Time for Anger: The Myth of Neutrality (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982), 15. [↩]