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Post Blessed are the Freeloaders
on: May 3, 2017, 08:42
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Kevin Williamson has an interesting reality-based article titled I Am Cancer. It’s about his time in court trying to get someone evicted from a house he owns. While doing so he spent much time watching the dis-agencied “masses”.

And another bad thing just happens to people who, for whatever reason, have no sense of agency in their own lives.

This must have been the people Jesus meant when he said “blessed are the poor” because I can’t think what else they have going for them. “The poor” are always glamorized as victims by the Social Justice Warriors. The fact is that there are many people in society who probably do need help but not the help of “free stuff” which is like throwing crack cocaine to addicts in order to cure them.

Anyway, I love reading this kind of reality-based article. I wish you people out there would write more like this. Rather than analyzing everything to death, this sort of slightly documentary style does its own analysis.

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on: May 3, 2017, 10:27
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In New Testament times, "the poor" would have been the working poor, though no doubt it also included free-loaders. But few could get away with that. One might recall the voice calling out after the appearance of the Third Horseman (famine). As translated in the Jerusalem Bible, it goes, "A ration of wheat for a day's wages! Three rations of barley fo a day's wages!' There was a grain dole in Rome, but I don't think it existed anywhere else.

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Post Re: Blessed are the Freeloaders
on: May 3, 2017, 10:47
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Williamson notes in an aside:

we have a positive moral obligation to help the poor, and not just the “deserving” poor

I agree. There are two issues regarding this that are crucial:

1) What constitutes real “help” and what is simply assuaging our own guilt (using “the poor” as mascots for our own supposed moral superiority) or roping people into politically useful dependency?

2) Who shall choose whom to help (question 1 definitely intersecting with question 2)?

We have more than enough money to adroitly address “the poor” and the “deserving” poor. We just presently lack the character to do so with anything but a broad, wasteful brush that often does more harm than good.

Of course, basic to even this is the paradigm we have for "the poor." Are "the poor" in America the result of "the rich" exploiting them (or racism, or whatever)? Or is it (primarily) the result of not getting off your ass and doing the things necessary to make a living?

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Post Re: Blessed are the Freeloaders
on: January 11, 2018, 10:15
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This morning a street girl came in. She was a reminder of the ravages of drug use. She said she needed money to buy gas for a friend but she was on foot in the rain carrying an umbrella. It was obviously a lie. We get these types now more frequently.

She had the disfiguration of meth-acne. Life will always be full of self-appointed superior beings who will defend drugs as a civil right. But we are not atomized individuals living in a vacuum. Somewhere between libertarian extremism and the group-mind of Communism there is a middle ground of society enforcing reasonable norms for the good of all.

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on: January 11, 2018, 10:27
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One mght also note that the rich can afford worse vices than the poor. This protection isn't unlimited; but it means a rich person can afford a serious drug habit more easily. You still have the potential problem of Stanley Moon's grandfather in the original Bedazzled, who took a personal fortune of over a million pounds, and proceeded to move to London and "frittered it away on wine, women, and loose losing" -- no doubt pleasing the person who told Moon this bit of family history, the devil in his Spiggott persona. But it takes longer for the rich than for the poor.

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on: January 11, 2018, 12:53
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My basic premise, Timothy — rich or poor, and one would be missing the point if one thought of this in terms of class — is that adults should start acting like adults and set good examples instead of continually rationalizing their own vices under the weak and dishonest rationale of non-judgmentalism. My heart goes out to these victims of their own excesses, but many would not go down that path if we didn’t make is to socially-acceptable to do so. We need to offer people a better argument for their life than “If it feels good, do it.”

It’s hard to tell people “Don’t do that. It’s not good for you.” But that needs to be heard a lot more these days.

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Post Re: Blessed are the Freeloaders
on: January 15, 2018, 12:15
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A short piece on why California, with 12% of the US population, has almost a third of the welfare recipients.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/whats-matter-california/

I really wouldn't mind if the state seceded, but it would present an enormous security problem with an enemy entity covering most of the West coast.

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on: January 15, 2018, 12:55
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It would also make access to Hawaii (and the Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor, which would be badly needed with no based available anymore in California) much more difficult. A pity, because coastal California is well worth letting go of, from Marin county to Los Angeles.

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Post Re: Blessed are the Freeloaders
on: January 15, 2018, 17:42
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I think this came from Dennis Prager, (but I may be wrong about that). Kids need large doses of vitamin "N" early and often. If a kid does not learn very early, that they cannot have it all, just because they want it, then they are very likely to be dependent on someone else's, anyone else's largess. This applies to cash or other monetary subsidies, (food stamps and such), all the way up to corporate bailouts. No-one can judge you for your failure, you tried and failed, but at least you tried, and he you had good intentions and that is all that matters, right?

So don't try to tell me to act like an adult Brad, I don't wanna and you can't make me!

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on: January 15, 2018, 19:07
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Vitamin “N” for sure, Pat. And kids need a consistent and brave message from our leaders (political, entertainment, sports, or whatever) that rewards virtue and is willing to call out bad behavior.

Wait until you overdose on the “You can’t judge me” shtick repeated often in season three of “Broadchurch.” I am thoroughly convinced that the lack of Vitamin “N” (which is inherently about making judgments about desirable and undesirable behavior) by the Baby Boomers, their parents, and the progeny since has been at the heart of most of our problems.

This is what makes the NFL kneeling so egregiously wrong. And shame on those supposed Christians and others who have turned a blind eye to it. It is a bad thing to blame others for your own problems.

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