In an ideal world every able adult would assume responsibility for caring for themselves and for their own families. This would result in a highly productive, well-cared-for society with very little need for welfare. We should all want that, right? Well in order to get to such a place, people must be taught to become responsible adults through exposure to the laws of natural consequences. You touch the fire, you get burned – that’s how it works. It’s a very simple, powerful dynamic upon which societies are able to function and flourish, therefore this can only mean one thing – liberals have to mess with it. Here are a few examples.
The Single Mom Phenomenon
Experience over the centuries taught us that bearing children out of wedlock was not good for society for reasons that should be obvious. People learned to frown upon this behavior, often considering it immoral, and public pressure against it became a very effective tool for societies to protect themselves from the irresponsible actions of others, as did the probability of financial hardship for those who chose that route. But then along came liberals. Seeing the opportunity to free themselves from the pesky judgment of society while at the same time holding themselves up as more compassionate and “open-minded” than everyone else, they embarked on a campaign to bully anyone who dared to pass judgment on illegitimacy. Then, with the “War on Poverty” launched, they were able to eliminate the financial deterrents to out-of-wedlock pregnancy as well. The result was that illegitimate births in the U.S. soared from 10% in 1960 to 41% in 2010 and, not surprisingly, welfare spending increased from about $20 billion to nearly a trillion dollars during that same time. What a wonderful blessing for society, eh?
The Union Mentality
Unions, staunchly promoted and protected by the Left, are another prime example of the way liberals encourage people to disassociate themselves from the laws of natural consequences. Unions are designed to allow people to choose low-skill careers or to be only mediocre at work without experiencing the lower pay and benefits that traditionally result from such choices. Instead of encouraging people to advance economically through hard work, education, experience and unique skills, they encourage people to use bully techniques for what they want. The result is a lower-skilled workforce, higher prices and failing businesses. Yippee.
The Healthcare “Crisis”
This one is a two-fer for liberals, as their meddling has led to the removal of natural consequences for individuals as well as natural market incentives in the healthcare industry. Through the adoption of Medicare and Medicaid the government has exponentially expanded the customer base for the healthcare industry, absent the essential consumer mentality that usually drives healthy competition and helps to balance supply and demand. By creating an endless demand for healthcare, liberals have removed many of the natural consequences to providers for not offering affordable rates to those who must self-pay. And whereas it used to be that the expectation of having to pay for your medical services caused people to do things such as self-ration their visits to the doctor, prioritize their spending, aspire to better-paying jobs and to make arrangements to pay for services over time, the government subsidizing of medical care for the “needy” along with forcing providers to treat people regardless of commitment to pay has made these behaviors a thing of the past. And their answer to the mess they’ve created? The multi-trillion dollar wealth-transfer fraud known as “Obamacare, thank you very much.
Bought a house you couldn’t afford? That’s okay! The Left will force the banks to reduce your debt and the rest of us will absorb the cost in higher fees. Borrowed too much for that expensive liberal college? That’s okay! The liberals are busy thinking of ways to help you get out of it and leave the taxpayers stuck with the bill. Want to be an artist but the consequence of that choice is that you can’t afford healthcare? That’s okay! Liberals like Nancy Pelosi don’t think you should be deprived of doing what you love. Let others be deprived instead.
Liberals are a plague upon society not only for their instinctive quest to insulate people from the consequences of their own behaviors and create a nation of irresponsible deadbeats, but also because they make all the rest of us bear the price that the others are spared from. Worse still, they cannot be reasoned out of this behavior, because they are not motivated by concern for the nation or even concern for the disadvantaged, but by the need to appease their own egos. That’s a need that knows no logic.