Monday, July 19, 2010

Freedom and Free Enterprise

Wise words, prophetic even, given over 40 years ago by former Secretary of Agriculture under Eisenhower, and a president of the LDS church, Ezra Taft Benson:

"Before a welfare state can flourish, a welfare state mentality must have taken root. Are we not today harvesting the seeds sown from the days of the Great Depression to the present? The ethic of the day seems calculated to indoctrinate our citizens toward a dependency on the state. Our Founding Fathers recognized that certain right are inalienable - that is, God-given. Today the state is looked to as the guarantor of human rights: life, liberty, and property. Our forbearers practiced the biblical ethic that man should earn his bread by the sweat of his own brow. Today's ethic seems to be that it is right to be supported by the sweat of another's brow."

After reading that, ask yourself: Do we live in a welfare state? I recommend listening to the full speech here.

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