July 18, 2019 / Leave a Comment
“Being too nice? It may be worth thinking twice”
“People wanted desperately to be free of the government who “took care of them.”
“We who live in free-market societies believe that growth, prosperity, and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success — only then can societies remain
economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar
period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.”
Ronald Reagan, American 40th US President
Government Takes Care Of Me
Before commencing this article, let me ask you a question: “Do you like jokes?”
You know, those short stories where you should laugh, witty or stupid, sometimes funny or not (but still there always be someone who laughs and that’s surely welcomed for a joke teller…
Well, I am always for some fun, but I do appreciate a certain level of sophistication, real witty humor, preferably with some great twist.
However as in everything elsewhere, there is good and bad, so it is with jokes.
And being who I am, a survivor of socialism and communism with my own skin at stake at the time, I do consider this particular headline as a VERY, VERY BAD JOKE!
Actually, it’s sense only, otherwise, it is just a proper name for what I’m about to “stew” here.
Oh, one more note before I start – the picture is a genuine documentary picture from the communist’s era when people must wait in lines to obtain that precious commodity – toilet paper.
I used this picture already in part 4th of my series “Truth” – “ToiletPaper Lines” and if you by any chance read the series, this article could be over and above what you have learned already.
However, this is dedicated to all who “dream” that there is even a remote possibility that the government would take care of them.
(Sorry you can’t see me right now with a bitter smile fixed on.)
But that aside, I must tell you that the above quote from former president R. Reagan saved me some work, reminding you what personal freedom, a free society, and a free-market really mean for any country and its people. Please read it now and keep it in mind, because we are going to take a ride to places where something like that not even that long ago, was unthinkable.
Also, keep forever in your mind all that you had and took for granted at the time when people in countries behind the “iron curtain” struggled and anxiously waited for any glimpse of your freedom, your open opportunities, when you were envied every minute of the day.
Desire to be at your place was alive all that time and underground fights were going on steadily.
People wanted desperately to be free of the government who “took care of them.”
To be more precise, it really did, but in a completely different sense that all those so sorely misinformed might think.
It was one huge prison. No way to say what you think, no way to travel anywhere, no way to start any enterprise or even tiniest, most insignificant one-man business, no way to apply your talent, education, or special ability…
Why, you were sheep, one and all lost among others.
There wasn’t ANY support whatsoever. No unemployment benefits, no charities of any kind, but, 100 percent employment.
Ha! Everybody MUST work! So, there was artificial employment, (still, for statistics it sounded great… what a difference compared to capitalistic countries where people are unemployed) and everybody must be employed somehow, somewhere.
We were controlled on the streets, always carrying citizenship documents with our data and stamp where we worked. The end of employment was always stamped and we had a certain time to find another work.
If not, there were “nice” prisons, there was always work to do.
Therefore, under such circumstances and at the same time having a non-flexible economy on wooden legs, it wasn’t easy to support such a huge government monster controlling everybody and everything.
If you have an ounce of common sense and logic you must know that government doesn’t create or invent anything besides rules and regulations.
When there are so many people employed then must show some activity, so the invention of such has no end. Also, many rules and regulations were needed to oversee all these sheep to be properly obedient behind the gates. Plus no one must be elevated above the other, we are all “equal” and not even a remote chance for any advancement of an individual, no matter how talented, was possible.
Now, go ahead and read again words of President Reagan. What are the absolutes for any country’s success? Where only could thrive prosperity and where would rotten any prosperity?
Where people could be happier? Where talent could be utilized? Where progress could be made? Where the standard of living could rise? Would you tell me now? WHERE?
In a huge prison? Or in the open space without the gates?
Have you ever have to wait in endless lines for basic necessities? NO? Why not? Still cannot answer clearly? I tell you then again.
If there was a shortage of something, no matter how small and unimportant product or service, there suddenly was someone who started a small business offering it. And there are many things people need. Even a toilet paper…
Do you think that government, busy watching and regulating, controlling, and grabbing all profits to feed its existence and support its power, is business inclined, oriented and talented? That needs specialists. You know, those experts in business and marketing, development, etc… Looking for such a government among politics? Good luck!
And in a socialistic country? Really… Come on! That would create capitalists, those who would have to start their own business. And no matter how small it would be, still, that person would become “sheep out of the gate.” That is unthinkable.
So the government with all its ingenious planning simply made a “tiny” mistake here and there (Shhh…it wasn’t them, it was clearly some capitalistic sabotage envying superior results of the socialistic regime…)
Such as planning for toilet paper production plus hundreds of other things people needed in daily life, ( again, pssst, not their fold here either) so then people were forced to spend part of their “rich” lives hunting after necessities.
Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned, there wasn’t any chance of a quick fix by someone starting any kind of production, so we had to wait for the next so-called “five-year plan” (that was how all was planned-for 5 years ahead) hoping that this timeless would be forgotten to fit in and some daring hopes were raised even that perhaps they would produce more colors on pants than two, so the whole nation would not be dressed like in uniforms.
Still, thinking the big government would take care of you? Of you, one sheep among many on one level, who would either work or go to work in prison? No TV there and gym neither. Oh, by the way, the gym wouldn’t be appreciated anyway because work was a hard labor my friends. And do you know what would be your dreams for the rest of your life?
Oh yes, it was somewhat better when there was a good economy going on led by people who understood the business, provided an opportunity for talent and inventions and market and all were available to buy? Then, just spoils of such a set-up alone could provide unemployment benefits and for needy food stamps, food banks, church help (by the way, I hope you know that communists are atheists, so no church support either) and so many charities…” end of dream…”
What charities? From whom? Companies?
There are no such companies. All belong to the government, just the same as you do.
Help from the rich?
There are not any rich. All are poor, as you are.
So from the government?
Well, do you remember I told you at the beginning that the name of this post is a Very, Very Bad joke?
Here you have it, your cherry on your cake.
No cake and no cherry? Oh sorry, I forgot for a while that the already government takes care of you.
I don’t feel like writing anymore and so you are done with reading. Perhaps the “light switch” got on? Just hope for that.
Always Stand Up for FREEDOM!
By Dean Alfano
From The Flying W Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO
” I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek to develop whatever talents God gave me—not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say –
‘This, with God’s help, I have done.’ All this is what it means to be an American.”
(copied in Colorado, the USA when from author’s article-Maya)
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February 9, 2021
“If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall.