Either we will kill the welfare state, or the welfare state will kill civilization.
If one wants to look into the future of America and the nations of Europe that have forsaken Madison’s republic for a socialist welfare state of Marx, then consider the current economic catastrophe in Greece where the youth, unions, pensioners and anarchists are violently protesting spending cuts government says are needed to pull that country out of national bankruptcy.
To demonstrate how acute the financial collapse of Greece is, Matthew Campbell, writing for the UK Times Online in Athens, noted: “It costs more to transport a sack of potatoes from northern Greece to Athens than from Athens to Dusseldorf, because haulage, like many other sectors of the Greek economy, is an impenetrable cartel.” Translation: Socialist union thugs are killing the free market in Greece.
The article opens with these ominous words:
May Day protests in Greece turned violent yesterday as youths in gas masks and hoods set fire to vehicles, smashed shop fronts and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at police in an explosion of fury over austerity measures they claim will hurt only the poor.
Tourists were cut off from their hotels as thousands of communists, civil servants and private-sector workers converged on a main square in Athens to vent their rage at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“No to the IMF’s junta,” they chanted as a youth in a black hood produced a hammer to try to smash windows of the luxury Grande Bretagne Hotel.
Tragically, this apocalyptic narrative could be written about Phoenix, Ariz., Detroit, Chicago, New Jersey or New York, for these cities and dozens across this country are in revolution as America’s socialist welfare state under President Obama begins to collapse under the weight of its own immorality.
The great British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had a wonderful saying regarding Marxism – “The problem with socialism is that eventually you’ll run out of other people’s money.” Greece has run out of other people’s money to the tune of $260-$300 billion.
The writer cites the story of a typical Greek pensioner:
Stefanos, 49, seems to embody the Greek good life. He retired as an army captain last year on a full pension and says he is quite happy planting his garden. He worries, though, about how to protect his savings from the crisis. “What about banks in Germany?” he asked friends around a dinner table in Athens.
Why in a sane society is any person under 50 years old retired? Retired from what?! If life expectancy is currently between 85 and 90 years, it is unsustainable for workers to pay the pensions of those who are fit to work yet because of Marxist presumptions demand that their neighbors be responsible for their retirement for some 40 more years. These kind of economic and social policies are totally outrageous and diametrical to the original intent of the constitutional framers, which was based on the biblical commandment, If a man doesn’t work, a man doesn’t eat.
Earlier this week Glenn Beck wrote on his ubiquitous blackboard a historical synopsis of European socialism he called, “Union and Revolutionary Plan”:
- Socialize the government;
- Unionize government jobs;
- Over promise pensions – over spend;
- Blame others for business/government cuts;
- Protest cuts and taxes that affect unions;
Beck’s prescient analysis on the unsustainability of socialism is a veritable six-step Marxist plan for national genocide, which is beginning to unfold in Europe – and, unless we kill the welfare state here in America, we will suffer the same fate as Greece, where in violent protests this week three people were killed at a major bank when union thugs set it on fire.
Instead of teachers instructing our students about Natural Law, American exceptionalism, liberty and the republic, for the past 100 years, since the advent of the Progressive Movement, our public schools have been turned into socialist propaganda factories where students are taught that America’s Founding Fathers were a ruthless gang of racists, fanatics, criminals and sexists hell-bent on killing the Native Americans and stealing their land.
The Times article continues with this grim assessment of Greece’s tragic experiment in socialism:
Economists regard the bloated civil service with its jobs for life and generous pensions as a cancer consuming the country’s resources. The older generation, the experts grimly concur, turned the state into a giant cash machine to be plundered at will.
In a free society based on individualism, freedom, the rule of law and market capitalism, people must be free to engage in private commerce, to take risks, to make fortunes, to lose fortunes, based on the decisions that each individual makes. The government has no business deciding which businesses are “too big to fail.” Crony capitalism is a perversion of market capitalism whereby the government protects its little fiefdoms (i.e., GM, Chrysler, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Wachovia), while allowing other companies that refuse to bow to the government’s fascist tactics to be destroyed (Lehman Brothers, Bear Sterns).
Chief Justice John Marshall was right when he wrote these profound words for the ages: “Indeed, in a free government all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen.”
Greece is the first casualty of socialism, while Spain, Italy and Portugal, nations that once ruled vast parts of the world just a few hundred years ago, will soon go begging to the globalist International Monetary Fund. Ironically, the U.S. will be largely bailing out Greece since America funds almost 20 percent of the IMF.
America must not become Greece. We must kill the welfare state before the welfare state kills us.
The great English statesman Sir Winston Churchill seemed to be speaking of the Greek tragedy of socialism when he wrote: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”