Suppose there is an elderly widow in your neighborhood. She does not have the strength to mow her lawn, clean her windows and perform other household tasks. Plus she does not have the financial means to hire someone to perform them. Here is my question: Would you support a government mandate that forces one of your neighbors to mow the widow's lawn, clean her windows and perform other household tasks? Moreover, if the person so ordered failed to obey the government mandate, would you approve of some sort of sanction, such as a fine, property confiscation or imprisonment? I believe and hope that most of my fellow Americans would find such a mandate repulsive. They would rightfully condemn it as a form of slavery, which can also be described as the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another.
Would there be the same condemnation if, instead of forcing one of your neighbors to actually perform the household tasks, your neighbor were forced to fork over $50 of his weekly earnings to the widow? That way, she could hire someone to perform the tasks that she is unable to do. Would that mandate differ from one under which your neighbor is forced to actually perform the household tasks? I'd answer no. Just the mechanism differs for forcibly using one person to serve the purposes of another.
Too few people actually think these days.
Scratch the mental musings of most 'Patriots' and you'll find Statists and Fascists and Tyrants, oh my!
Rightful Liberty is the only moral answer. I introduced the Jefferson quote to the III community more than five years ago as a political goal - a banner to fly. Many have adopted the meme - and have zero concept of what it really means.
Until Americans with true mettle embrace the concept of Rightful Liberty and exercise it at all costs, in the face of all challenges, we remain a People unworthy...
Here's the link.