This week's column:
"Don’t tell me what delusion he entertains regarding God, or what mountebank he follows in politics, or what he springs from, or what he submits to from his wife. Simply tell me how he makes his living. It is the safest and surest of all known tests. A man who gets his board and lodging on this ball in an ignominious way is inevitably an ignominious man." – H. L. Mencken, "The Slave"
It is a plain fact that those who work for a living feel contempt for those who do not. Attempts to replace the Gospel with progressive propaganda have led us to believe that this is somehow unchristian. Yet the Bible is clear that those who do not work ought not to eat. There were exceptions to this rule—most notably widows and orphans—but St. Paul is clear that able-bodied men were to earn their keep.
Alas, in America of today, the number of workers is dwindling. Evidently unaware that the recession is over, Bloomberg reports: "The number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July." If forty million of one’s citizens cannot work to feed themselves without the State pilfering from those who can, one’s nation is neither free, nor healthy.