America is founded on the idea and principle of rugged individualism and personal responsibility. However, many have perverted this principle as an excuse to ignore the poor and downtrodden members of society. Many of our fellow patriots campaign vigorously against entitlement programs, then walk past soup kitchens, homeless shelters and welfare lines without even the slightest consideration of helping their neighbors. I am not advocating for entitlement programs, I despise entitlement programs. I am advocating for common decency and a return to our charitable roots. I believe in a hand up, not a hand out, but lately it seems many have their hands in their pockets.
We as conservatives, and decent citizens, cannot advocate slashing entitlements as we walk past a family in dire straits. I understand the knee jerk rhetoric that the entitlements caused the economy to suffer and that slashing entitlements will reenergize the economy, I get that and I agree. But, in the mean time our rhetoric isn’t feeding and clothing the thousands of families who have been hurt by our economic collapse. I was at Restoring Love last weekend; we collected enough food to feed one million people. If we can do that in one weekend imagine what we can do if we fully embrace the charitable spirit of our founders.
It is OUR job to help our neighbors, it is OUR job to feed the hungry, it is OUR job to clothe the poor, it is OUR job to catch our brothers when they fall, we must stop allowing the GOVERNMENT to do OUR job! As patriots and upstanding citizens we are called to be our brothers’ keeper, it’s time to step up to the plate and kick the government out of the equation. History shows us that citizens, churches and charities are more capable of impacting communities and effecting change than the government. We have to stop allowing the government to do our job. We must serve.