Just Another In A Long Line of Loss of Freedom

James Madison, whose pen strokes WROTE the Constitution, opined, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

In my youth, “welfare” was done by churches, because their leader, Jesus, ordered HIS people to take care of the poor. Somewhere along the way, Priests and Ministers decided that begging for alms for the poor interfered with their tee time, and it would be easier, and a lot more productive to have government FORCE the people to be charitable. (Which raises the inevitable question: Is forced “charity” really charity?)

I did some research a few years ago, and at that time there were seven homeless for each Christian Church in each community I studied. Christian churches could solve the homeless problem by eight am tomorrow — those churches have heat, space, bathrooms, and, more importantly, congregations with Doctors, Nurses, Employers, Social Workers, Grocers, etc.

Churches abandoned the instructions, nay duty, ordered by their Leader!

At the same time, government — always willing to pick up more duties, because with duties come staffs, and departments, each of which contribute to power, prestige and increased salaries for the managers of such attendant growth — benefited without harming the salaries of the religious order.

So, it was a win-win! Churches laid off some of their most onerous work, and government did what bureaucrats inevitably do, they grew!

Fist bumps all around! (Except for freedom!)

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