Spirit of Begging, Spirit of Bondage and the Specter of Liberty

Spirit of Begging, Spirit of Bondage and the Specter of Liberty

Mendicant: Depending on alms for a living; begging.

Pertaining to or like a beggar. A beggar.

In our last blog post https://dawnkazmierzak.net/2015/02/02/eyewitness-to-musketeers-monarchs-ministers-and-mobs-of-plundering/ we introduced French Economist Statesman, Frederic Bastiat and his truth regarding the “spirit of begging, which has spread to all classes, the rich as much as the poor.”

Bastiat’s lucid insights appear embarrassingly reflective of current United States public sentiment and the realities facing the American people today– where you read the word “France”, insert the phrase “United States” …and prepare to be “enlightened.”

“Certainly, in the circle of private relations, the French character does not fear comparison with regard to independence and pride. God forbid that I should cast a slur on my own country and even less that I should calumniate it!

However, I do not know how it has happened that the same men, who, even when pressed by distress, would blush to hold out a hand to their fellow men, lose all their scruples when the state intervenes and averts the gaze of their consciences from the contemptibility of such action.

As soon as the request is not addressed to individual largesse, as soon as the state* is the intermediary of the work, it appears that the dignity of the supplicant is spared, that begging is no longer shameful nor plunder an injustice.

Farmers, manufacturers, traders, ship-owners, artists, singers, dancers, men of letters, civil servants of all sorts, entrepreneurs, suppliers, or bankers, everyone in France wants something, and everyone else expects the budget to provide.

And soon the whole nation en masse has joined in.

One person wants positions,

another pensions,

a third premiums,

a fourth subsidies,

a fifth inducements,

a sixth restrictions,

a seventh credit,

and an eighth work.

The whole of society is rising up to snatch a share of the budget in one form or another, and in its Californian fever it forgets that the budget is not a Sacramento where nature has deposited gold; the budget contains only what this mendicant society has itself put into it.

Society forgets that the generosity of the government can never equal its avidity since, on the basis of this largesse, it has to keep back enough to pay for the twin services of tax collection and distribution.

In order to give these rather abject arrangements the authority and appearance of regularity, they have been attached to what is known as the principle of solidarity, a word that, used in this way, means nothing other than the effort of all the citizens to despoil each other through the costly intervention of the state.

However, it can be understood that once the spirit of mendacity [begging] becomes systematized and almost an administrative science, imagination knows no bounds with regard to ruinous institutions.

But I agree, we can do nothing at the moment in this respect and I end with this question:

When the spirit of begging is taken to the point at which it incites the entire nation to plunder the budget, do people not think that it compromises political security even more than public resources?”

Frederic Bastiat, February 1849

Peace and Freedom or the Republican Budget 

One would also query whether or not it has entirely compromised individual conscience, morality and faith.

If one takes an honest tally of the number of individuals employed in government subsidized institutions in the redistribution of taxpayer resources, whether via government subsidized preschool, K-12 public education, post secondary education, healthcare, social work, nonprofits, tax exempt charities, metrics mongers of administrative “accountability”, Welfare, entitlement: ESEA Title funding, Toxic charity, Corporate welfare, protectionism favors, abatements, Cronibus budgets, faith based initiatives etc.….aimed at drawing more into the communist redistribution scheme, spreading the wealth, leveling “social justice”…penalizing marriage, family, and personal responsibility, while plundering the property of the few that work, pay taxes, invest and save to provide for themselves, their family, and individual largesse— Bastiat’s words echo eerily true:

“imagination knows no bounds to ruinous institutions.” 

Nor does the abyss toward which the American people are pushing their heirs… As the national debt speeds rapidly past $18,000,000,000,000. Trillion “dollars”…(whatever that means. With nothing of value to back it up the US dollar is truly monopoly money.)

“…..For finally, if public opinion intends to close the door to any reform, if it has decided in advance to keep everything that exists and to allow for no change whatever in anything that relates to our expenditure, my whole argument will crumble and all financial plans will be powerless;

all that remains to us is to leave the people to bow down under the weight of taxes and walk with lowered heads toward bankruptcy, revolution, disorganization,and social conflict.”

Friends, we cannot continue eating the seed; plundering our compatriots, shackling the children, acting as middle men and women of insect authority, the metrics monger administrators of the administrative state, the brood mares of statist indoctrination, the distributors of toxic charity, the recipients of societal pity, and hold our heads up high, goose-stepping toward the Bastille, while feigning ignorance of our guilt in guillotining Lady Liberty and be guiltless.

“But they will have to give an account to Him who is ready to judge both the living and the dead.”

I Peter 4:5

I Corinthians 3:10-15

Revelation 20:12

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

https://dawnkazmierzak.net/2015/01/29/the-monarchs-the-ministers-the-musketeers-and-the-plunder-games/

http://thefederalist.com/2015/02/02/how-school-choice-could-come-back-to-bite-republicans-in-the-butt/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=9011dadfd6-RSS_DAILY_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-9011dadfd6-83780557

http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/28/indianas-mike-pence-latest-republican-governor-expand-medicaid/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailydigest&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolvKjIZKXonjHpfsX56%2BoqWqW1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ET8JgI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQrLBMa1ozrgOWxU%3D

 

 

http://oll.libertyfund.org/people/frederic-bastiat

 

http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/20/obama-got-right-wrong-state-union/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=morningbell&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolvqrLZKXonjHpfsX56%2BoqWqW1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ETcFhI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQrLBMa1ozrgOWxU%3D

 

http://thefederalist.com/2015/01/28/why-does-mike-pence-hate-the-working-poor/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=4189346bf3-RSS_DAILY_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-4189346bf3-83780557

http://thefederalist.com/2015/01/23/free-community-college-will-just-make-high-school-six-years-long/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=4458cc132d-RSS_DAILY_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-4458cc132d-83780557

*[or some other “nonprofit” entity receiving private and state tax exemption, grants, funding, credits etc.]

 

* [bold emphasis, mine]

 

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