By: Rosemary Dewar
This month, Democrat Congress members presented a massive green energy proposal. It was then taken down, deemed a draft, and was blamed on the Republicans for its distribution. The proposal was an extremely dramatic overhaul that would result in the loss of millions of jobs and the devastation of all industry. In addition, if any tribulations were to be felt by the transition, government would provide “every good and perfect thing” needed to ease the hardship. The only stipulations would be the public’s unwavering commitment to the proposal, and giving the federal government invasive access to nearly every aspect of an individual’s property in order to accomplish its goals.
The American people are not here to bear the burdens that government levies on them. Americans should only carry what they have laid upon themselves when it comes to their personal property, and the communities in their immediate vicinity. Government is there as a last resort to assist in maintaining or sustaining the state of that property in the Americans’ care.
Such a proposal that promises to employ you when you are out of work, house you when you are homeless, pay you when you do not want to work, warm you when you are cold, and treat you when you are infirm is not a utopian dream. That scenario is a long, tedious euthanizing of human purpose and American temperament. A guaranteed government job is an abandonment of self-sufficient independence.
The Judeo-Christian worldview expresses that the poor will always be with us; the widow and the orphan are always need of charity. The culture wants to assert that it is immoral for both the wealthy and the poor to exist simultaneously. God is not immoral. Mankind has the capacity for immorality, and because mankind is the cause of his own lack, it is up to him to resolve it.
Try denying the government. You will either end up a felon or a social pariah. It is that pagan god that will demand that you sacrifice your children and your profit to please it. That vacuous creature will never tire, and if a society does not work to keep it in check as a country like the United States of America would, it will devastate every generation in its wake.
If a government relieves its citizens from caring for their neighbors, the citizen will no longer care for his or her neighbor. Furthermore, if you do not care much for your neighbor, a glorified paper-pusher from the federal government will care even less. It is a system of communal negligence, and there is not one regulation that could rectify it. The federal government does not make money; it gathers it from you and your neighbors to supply to others. This type of system robs citizens of fellowship if the system continues to grow. It will isolate them. As soon as the social grace fund runs out, someone becomes the enemy, and that feels worse than being alone.
In the 1997 movie Contact, Jodie Foster’s character returns from a space/time travel mission with zero evidence that she went anywhere or saw anything. Before her mission, she is a self-defined faithless person. She testifies about what she believes she witnessed: “I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever… A vision of the universe that tells us, undeniably, how tiny and insignificant, and how rare and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves…that none of us [are] alone! … I wish I could share that.” Her basis for her new-found beliefs expands after she is reached out to by someone during her mission. Some experiences cannot be shared; they have to be put into action by oneself. The one-to-one care that humanity does best cannot be regulated or organized by policy. Do it yourself, no matter how small.
When the experience of attentiveness is not given the opportunity to grow one’s faith, one is vulnerable to loneliness. Caring for your family and friends is a purpose. Caring for a faceless line item will not fulfill the immediate need for belonging and purpose.
By: Rosemary Dewar