He’s Kinda Got A Point

So you’ve all heard the poorly-worded, out of context comments made by candidate Romney at a fundraising event. In case you haven’t.

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

Ouch, but yeah.  He’s got a point.  Here he is talking to someone looking to fund his campaign. Personally, I like to know something about return on investment before I open my wallet, and it is just a fact that there is a percentage of the population that will not vote for Romney.  If I was considering donating to his campaign, I wouldn’t want him wasting my money trying to court votes he’s never going to get.  And no, it isn’t his job to worry about these people.

Guess what.  It’s not the president’s job either.  It’s not Congress’s job.  It’s really not the job of the government to provide for any of these things. Gee, if only our founders had left some kind of documentation defining the role of government.

Should we, as a community, come together to help those less fortunate?  Absolutely.

28. The third year thou shalt separate another tithe of all things that grow to thee at that time, and shalt lay it up within thy gates. 29. And the Levite that hath no other part nor possession with thee, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, that are within thy gates, shall come and shall eat and be filled: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the works of thy hands that thou shalt do Deut 14:28-29

Also

Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world. James 1:27

Mitt Romney knows it isn’t his job to worry about these people.  He knows, because he had that job once.  He was a Stake President in his church and Larry Correia does a much better job of explaining that than I ever could. Mostly because I’m not Mormon and didn’t have any idea what a stake president was until I read that post.  So yeah, Mitt Romney had that job already.  And he didn’t get paid to do it either.

It’s not his job to care for the downtrodden.  It’s yours, and it’s mine.  It’d be nice if the government would get out of the way and let us do it.  Welfare is not charity.  Entitlements are not charity.  What the government does is confiscation and redistribution.  If you truly believe that your hard earned money does more good when it is confiscated by the government and filtered through multi-layered bureaucrats than when you give it to a group of volunteers, well, it’s not my job to worry about you either.

Just look at what a bunch of guys in kilts have done this month alone. It’s not their job to worry about their fellow man.  It’s just what they do as humans for their community.  (You can help too.) Maybe by spreading the word, there will be fewer orphans and widows that need to be fed.

4 thoughts on “He’s Kinda Got A Point”

  1. You make an interesting point by omission. Neither of the verses you quote call for the believers to petition the government to force the subsidization of the needy.

    To the extent that we care for the poor, the widow, the orphan, we acknowledge their and our humanity and also acknowledge God’s claim on our individual behavior on the behalf of others. To the extent that we ask government to “redistribute” monies on our behalf, we repudiate all of these things – in effect separating ourselves from our community and our God.

    Which, if I recall correctly, is the definition of sin.

  2. The .gov’s job is to make it harder for folks to give up and start begging the .gov for handouts. Its the church’s job to reach out and help those who truly are unable to help themselves, or lend a shoulder to lean on as they try to get their feet back underneath. Those who don’t even bother to try to make a living for themselves….I don’t have much sympathy for, and get really pissed whenever the .gov takes my taxes and gives it to em. There are many things that are needed around my own castle that could benefit from more of my hard-earned money staying at my house.
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