The Constitution forbids government intrusion into a man’s reasoned convictions.
Why then should government act on his behalf, and without his consent, by giving his tax dollars to non-governmental nonprofit organizations to which he objects?
If he refuses to pay taxes, his property is seized. Therefore one cannot deny he is forced to support non-governmental entities that may be in opposition to his deeply held convictions.
If you believe a non-profit entity should be supported, write a check. But do not force your neighbor to participate in the support an organization that may act in opposition to his deeply held convictions.
Example: Your local government may think it is a good idea to support Planned Parenthood. If government is forbidden from intruding into your deeply held convictions, should it be acceptable to support Planned Parenthood with your taxes, a “non-profit” to which you may find deeply offensive?
You may believe your ‘local’ government would never support Planned Parenthood. You may or may not be correct. The name of the organization is irrelevant. It is the conservative principle that matters most to me.
Twenty years ago I would never have imagined how deeply socialism would have crept into our culture. I believe the more we allow government to act on our behalf, the more socialistic our society becomes.
Who now even notices when our schools serve “free” meals to all the children 18 years of age and younger? Who would object to feeding the children? When did it become your responsibility to feed my kids?
Does anyone even notice now when teachers instruct every student in their class at the beginning of a school year, to dump all the school supplies, purchased by individual parents, in the floor. Then ensure each student picks up exactly the same number of each item? Parents quickly learned it doesn’t matter what supplies they send to school with their kids, they all end up with the same – socialism.
Bottom line – It is inane to suggest that in a Constitutional Republic it is the role of government to decide which charity you should support, or that it is your responsibility to feed my kids.
How much socialism are you willing to tolerate?
By Lenny Leatherman