By Dr. Jim Garrow
Across history there have always been those who built and contributed to the rise of civilizations and empires; the managers and motivators, the explorers and pioneers, the laborers and the workers. But there have always been a group of people who were takers and not contributors, a group who leeched off the work and avails of others. They are insidious because of their near-omnipresence; ironically, we are warned about them in the Scriptures: “If a man will not work, he should not eat.”
Civilizations on the rise have always been those with a mission mindset, a look to a better future, not complacent and yet also satisfied that to reach beyond the obvious merits of life in the day and time was part of the natural make up. And then there are those whose satisfaction is complete if they are served by others or are enabled in their complacency by what others let lie unprotected
These folks steal that which others have planted and nurtured. They are thieves, and for many the attitude is that they are somehow owed what others build or produce, plant and nurture. They are takers, and they steal from those whose time is spent building and planning. We are surrounded by them in this modern age, and because democracies are dependent on the numbers who vote, these same non-contributors are growing in numbers and are dangerously close to becoming the majority. We are in real danger of being ruled by a “minority of contributors” and falling victim to the takers and their voracious appetites for everything that we have and can produce.
This government has turned against the producers and is now playing the game of numbers against those who have “earned” their wages and their retirements through effort and good planning. It appears that the day has arrived when those who the generous-spirited contributed to as an action of charity, of good-heartedness, care and concern for our less fortunate in society have now become an arrogant and demanding lot whose hatred of those of us who built society is becoming obvious.
We have enabled a new group of slave masters who view us as their servants and our goods and belongings as theirs to demand and to steal. Why should they work when they can demand and get what we have produced through our own efforts? They may as well ride the way of government as it rises and takes more and more of what we have produced and is promising to the “have-nots” if they will only keep them in office. What a sad state of affairs we have allowed to pen us in and take us prisoner.
I feel a rebellion coming on…