The Freedom to Fail *

I’ve heard Democrat voting described as wanting “the freedom to fail.”  I think that’s an interesting turn of phrase “the freedom to fail.”  From what I’ve been able to glean,  it means the freedom to try all kinds of interesting and bold new ideas without having to worry about starving if they don’t work out.  We have that already, it’s called childhood…or maybe even college.  Once you become an adult, taking responsibility for feeding yourself is part of the package?  Isn’t it?

We have a safety net in our society which is meant to keep people from starving to death if they find themselves in rough water.  I don’t know anyone who has an issue with it.  The problem I see is that what was meant to be a trampoline has become a comfy hammock.   There are people who are trying to use it to jump back into their lives, but it’s too cushy to get any bounce, and the other folks are settling in there and calling for more stuff.  It’s not supposed to be a vacation!

People demonized Mitt Romney when he talked about the 47% who receive government handouts.  It was one of the most honest things I ever heard a politician say, and I was disappointed when he backed away from it.  It is human nature to begin taking for granted the people who voluntarily step in to help.  Most people have had the experience of stepping into the gap to “temporarily” help someone else, but when we try to stop “helping” they get frustrated and angry that we quit.  The same thing happens with the government, we have only to look at the riots in Greece to know that this is true.  When you try to wean people, even the able bodied, off of free stuff they get angry.  Could the solution be to just stop offering the free stuff in the first place?

There comes a sense of entitlement with the idea that things should be “fair.”  I don’t know who the liar is who started the “we need it to be fair” cr*p, but I’d like to smack them.  The idea of “fair” gives other people the impression that they have a right to the things we have worked to earn.  It is not my responsibility to pay for your “Obama-phone“, but heaven help me if I try to stop paying for it.

It’s like taking my kids to the toy store and listening to them squeal with delight at all of the things I could buy them, but it’s as if my children brought along the force of the Federal Government to force me to buy all those things whether I want to or not.

Didn’t de Tocqueville say something about how the American Republic would last until the Congress discovered that it could bribe the people with other people’s money?  We’re there.  Half of the country voted on Tuesday to keep living off of the half that doesn’t want to be subsidized.  My only question is…What happens when the 50% of earners decide to quit?

 

*You can read the full, expanded, “Director’s Cut” over at Shoved to Them.

10 Responses to The Freedom to Fail *

  • Tocqueville was a deputy during the Revolution of 1848. That government tried the bold experiment of curtailing welfare spending, by closing the National Workshops. The result was the June Days; then, the Liberals secured a victory over the Radical Republicans, but at the cost of 1,500 dead in the streets and thousands of summary executions of prisoners. The Assembly welcomed the surrender of the last barricade with cries of “Long Live the Republic!” What they got, inevitably, was Napoléon III

    One recalls Talleyrand’s remark, “Governing has never been anything other than postponing by a thousand subterfuges the moment when the mob will hang you from the lamp-post, and every act of government is nothing but a way of not losing control of the people.”

  • “We have a safety net in our society which is meant to keep people from starving to death if they find themselves in rough water. I don’t know anyone who has an issue with it.”

    And then you proceeded to spend the rest of your article explaining why you have an issue with it.

    Which is the lie and which is the truth?

    I sentence you to a re-reading of the Papal Economic Encyclicals: Here, I put together the links for them back in 2009, when the latest one came out:
    http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/2009/07/history-of-caritas-in-veritate.html

  • Our soceity has in great part lost the practice of the virtue of diligence. Hard work gives glory to God. The safety net is not evil, but it is abused. The problem runs deeper, however. When people lose sight of God, they lose purpose. Without purpose, sloth is the natural result.

  • Ted Seeber, channeling the French Revolution…

    The thing is, the other 50 percent (I’m using your articulation for convenience sake. In reality, the percentage of people living off government largesse is much, much less. Romney did himself a great sisservice by throwing out unsupported numbers. Statistics have to be right if one is going to use them in argumrnt, otherwise you look either foolish or like a manipulator.) won’t just quite. We will continue working hard and hiding as much from the tax man as we can, just like the millions of European workers who support 35 year old, part-time students who protest for entertainment.

    What choice do we have?

    Of course, being one of those who pay everyone else’s bills does have the emotional benefit of elevating one’s esteem.

  • One recalls Talleyrand’s remark, “Governing has never been anything other than postponing by a thousand subterfuges the moment when the mob will hang you from the lamp-post, and every act of government is nothing but a way of not losing control of the people.”

    That remark is inane generally and particularly inapplicable in countries with long histories of civil peace and law.

  • Anarchy!

    Rhetorical question Rebecca, but I couldn’t help answering it. Soilent Green comes to mind. Out of food, work and money…the govt. decides to “re-cycle humans.”
    Fetus tissue for vaccines? Looks like were closing in on science fiction meets reality.

  • “The freedom fail.” I would rather say, “The freedom to go to hell.” We have repeated Satan’s declaration, “Non serviam!”

  • A safety net that I have paid into and now have fallen on hard times. My direct experience is that some Christians revel in teaching “their” Christian understanding without having an ounce of compassion or understanding (and some of these people are professed Catholics). Their “teaching” actually hindered my ability to understand the Lord and where He was leading me in life. In fact I felt embarrassed to claim the unemployment insurance that I RIGHTFULLY COULD CLAIM!!!!! I do not strive for failure but there are Christians who strive for my failure (I suspect without realizing it) so they can pat themselves on the back and say “”we are such good Christians…..so many need us” Who needs Satan with Christians like them.

  • Mary, I’m so sorry to hear that you have fallen on hard times. I fear that this may be just the beginning of hard times for many of us.

    I’ve run into those Christians, too. It is disheartening to see such people cloak themselves in the name of Christ.

    There is no shame in needing help. That’s why the help exists. I’ll add you to my prayers tonight, that the safety net you need today becomes a trampoline springing you forward tomorrow.

    God bless.

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