What a nation of plunderers we have become!
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It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
What are the consequences of such a perversion? It would require volumes to describe them all. Thus we must content ourselves with pointing out the most striking.
In the first place, it erases from everyone’s conscience the distinction between justice and injustice.
No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. These two evils are of equal consequence, and it would be difficult for a person to choose between them.
What a nation of plunderers we have become!
Feminists (or is that term passé?) might argue that their ability to campaign for free birth control and government-funded abortions is simply a sign of the progress that a prior century of civil rights work has allowed, now that women’s rights really are equal (some might argue superior) to men’s in American society.
But unlike a right to vote or buy property, there can be no right to something which is to be provided, whether through their labor or their money, by others. More than 600,000 Americans died in our Civil War to end “rights” such as those.
There can be no right to taxpayer-subsidized (or employer-subsidized) birth control, abortion, or any other medical service or product. This is particularly true for claims by the non-indigent for products or services that are only needed due to voluntary behavior on their part. (Medicare is a trickier moral question in the sense that people have, at least in theory, paid into the system in advance.)
Sandra Fluke and her ilk are no better than muggers; they just try to get government to hold the gun for them. When I say to these women “pay for your own damn birth control! (or get your boyfriends or husbands to),” it’s not because I object to birth control. It is because I object to the assertion that their desires and voluntarily-taken risks are my financial responsibility.
It’s not just birth control, of course. Others among the Democratic faithful campaign for free or subsidized college education (including for non-citizens), home ownership, television and radio (PBS/NPR/Big Bird), and home weatherization, just to name a few.
As I hear the looters and the moochers argue that what is mine is theirs, that they have a right to have their wants satisfied by plundering whatever financial success others might achieve, I cannot help but think of the contrasting courage of Malala and Shazia who are risking their own lives to make a true stand for equality.
And I cannot help but wonder: Do Democrats really think that large numbers of American women (and perhaps many American men) believe, during a period of high unemployment and declining national incomes, during a time when many wonder how they will feed or educate their children, during a time when our enemies are acting boldly and our allies wonder if we can be trusted, that this election is about who must pay for birth control pills which, for most women, are available at Target, Wal-Mart, and many supermarkets, for $9/month?
And if Democrats truly believe that, is there any hope for America, at least as Washington, Jefferson and Madison understood it, if it turns out that they are right?
Malala and Shazia, two young girls scarred for life by a Taliban assassin, have risked — and nearly lost — everything in a fight for equality, a fight to go to school just like the boys do, a fight to be given the opportunity to learn and thrive and succeed.
Their heroism stands in opposition to the money-grubbing demands of American liberals whose fight is not for equality or freedom — both of which abound in our nation — but rather for using government force to make others pay for their wants.
While Malala and Shazia are fighting at ultimate peril for the right to be responsible for their own lives, Sandra Fluke and President Barack Obama are fighting to shift responsibility to others (a daily activity for Obama, to be sure, as noted here, here and here).
It is a rare and sad day indeed when Americans can learn a lesson about morality from a remote Taliban-infested valley in Pakistan. Yet here we are.