Every debate moderator: “How do you plan to pay for your [socialist] proposals?”
In 2019, this is what passes for a hard-hitting question in political debates, and it reveals a dangerous transformation that the Left has successfully engineered in the American mindset. 200…150…100, maybe even 50 years ago, the real question would have been:
“What gives you the right to propose such things?”
And it would have – should have – been asked with an attitude of righteous indignation if not unabashed outrage.
Not anymore. Now that the Left has trained us, like robotic serfs, to think the way they would like us to think, we no longer question whether the elected “representatives” controlling the reins of government have the right to do the things they do, or to take the things they take. It’s now just a matter of whether we can “afford” it and - trust me – the so-called “progressives” will always determine that their socialist schemes are affordable. One way or another.
This was never what the Founders intended, nor is it constitutional by any stretch of the imagination. How is my welfare served when, after paying for my own college and helping my children with theirs, I am now forced to pay for the college of strangers? If the leftist answer is that an educated populace is good for us all, then my response is that the societal benefit isn’t lessened when people pay their own way. Turning us into a nation of thieves who think nothing of stealing from our fellow citizens does not improve the “general welfare.” The same reasoning applies to the rest of the long list of “free” stuff proposed by the leftists who, for their own nefarious reasons, are obsessed with controlling our money.
But because Republicans do not have the good sense to stand up and talk about rights, we are reduced to the useless job of arguing over how things are “paid for,” which means we’ve already lost. The only questions now are when and how much? (And the respective answers are: Sooner than you think; and: As much as they can get). So I will repeat my favorite joke (yes, AGAIN) as an added way of shedding light for those who still don’t get it:
A man asks a woman if she will have sex with him for a million dollars. The woman mulls this over for a minute and ultimately decides that she just can’t pass up that much money, so she tells him, “Okay. I will.” Then the man asks her if she will have sex with him for 50 bucks, to which the outraged woman angrily responds, “What kind of a woman do you think I am?!”
The man says, “We’ve already established what kind of woman you are. Now we’re just arguing over the price.”
By tempting us with “free” stuff at the expense of others, the Left has succeeded in turning Americans into whores and thieves. Too many Americans no longer see ourselves as the rightful owners of our own money or of the labor we expend to produce that money. We have stopped defending our rights, and we now just quibble over the price for our slavery.
That’s the sad reality of America in 2019.