Partial Birth Act Upheld
roycemit at flash.net
Thu Apr 19 17:20:23 PDT 2007
It is a wonderful country where we are free to subscribe to that which we
want to believe, Frank. But, what we want to believe must at some point give
way to the realities of life.
For instance, quoting from a well respected book, we find the statement "the
poor you will always have with you." And, it is true. Those truly poor from
circumstances beyond their control are worthy of help, and that is the thing
that churches can, and did, do.
Think for a minute about how this problem was handled before all the
socialist reforms of the early 20th century. People in communities, directly
or through their churches, took care of those in their own family who needed
help first, and then those around them who needed help after that. That was
a scriptural admonition found in Galatians 6:10, and admonition taken
seriously when we were a country which considered itself blessed by God and
respectful of His will to care for others.
Those who needed to be institutionalized were. Such was done for the safety
of the one institutionalized and for society. But, when government got
involved, we found those who were safe, warm and fed in an institution were
released to live like vermin under bridges--often without food of any better
quality than that a rat would eat--cold, and untreated for the mental
illnesses which caused them to be under those bridges.
I understand that you have a good heart and don't want to see anyone left
out of some part of the prosperity in this country. But, you can't force
people to work to produce a better life style for themselves, and you can't
force the mentally ill to recover with money. The solution has always been
at the church level, and not in out of control spending by servants run
A greater thinker than I once wrote "True religion is to visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction." Government has proven is only
capable of sucking the life out of efforts to help others. An entire
bureaucratic industry has grown up around the effort to take responsibility
from the churches and people and have government "do it." The result is
higher taxes, and the poor being even more poorly taken care of.
From: Frank Cross [mailto:crossf at mail.utexas.edu]
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 6:36 PM
To: Royce; 'Con Law Prof list'
Subject: RE: Partial Birth Act Upheld
No, Royce, I don't subscribe to that.
I think there are a multitude of reasons that people are in
poverty. There may have been some who were lazy and wanted to sponge
off society, but welfare reform has largely cured that problem. Many
of them are lack in the basic educational or other skills needed to
obtain the jobs necessary to pull them out of poverty. A good
number, I fear, are mentally disturbed. As I recall, there's a
pretty direct inverse relationship between decarceration of mental
patients and homelessness. But it is a complex problem. I don't
think just giving the poor money is an effective solution, especially
for the mentally disturbed. But some money should be spent to assist
them assist themselves. It would make everyone better off if they
could become productive members of society, able to raise families.
At 06:15 PM 4/19/2007, Royce wrote:
>That is the issue, isn't it? There IS no way to eliminate poverty because
>there are people who'd rather sponge off of society than to pull their fair
>share of the load. These are the low lifes to whom politicians point as
>"evidence" in support of their social programs--conducted with somebody
>else's money, of course.
>The only way poverty will be eliminated is to get politicians out of the
>way. That means reducing the tax burden and ending social welfare programs
>at both the state and federal government level.
>In short, it means returning our servants to the chains of the
>Unfortunately, with the amount of money involved in this mess, I don't see
>politicians having the intestinal fortitude to stand up and say, "We were
>wrong. We need to stop screwing up society and leave it to those most
>capable of handling the problems."
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