Democrats Offering Reparations, Student Loan Forgiveness, etc.: It’s Not Yours To Give!
A tale of Davy Crockett explaining how politicians’ “charity” with our taxpayer is wrong.
I received the email below from a listener named Jason Watson. It turned into a great bit of show prep. It reminded me of the story of Davey Crockett and a similar sentiment, which we’ve posted above. This is a great example that some of my show prep comes from the perspectives sent in by listeners.
While listening to you rail on the stupidity and irrationalism of the student loan forgiveness vote pandering, I was reminded of a passage from a speech by Teddy Roosevelt from 1910 titled "Citizenship in a Republic". Many people are aware of his famous "Man in the Arena" excerpt but few I think realize it is pulled from this speech and even fewer unfortunately have read this speech. It is lengthy, but outstanding and full of sage wisdom for so many areas of the personal philosophies of which guide our thoughts and actions (often with us giving little thought to them, some entirely unaware they even have a code they are living by and others aware but never seeing an accurate description of what they know innately).
At any rate, Teddy specifically warns of such political pandering and calls out such politicians as whom we should beware of above all others. Its the same old tripe now as years ago, with people too stupid to realize the sword will soon be turned on them (ie feminists suffering in sports due to trans competition and the "woke" crowd splintering us into ever smaller groups and devouring each other).
God bless you and the voice you lend to REASON,
PS - Below is a link to the speech and pasted the part warning of the pandering politician
Of one man in especial, beyond any one else, the citizens of a republic should beware, and that is of the man who appeals to them to support him on the ground that he is hostile to other citizens of the republic, that he will secure for those who elect him, in one shape or another, profit at the expense of other citizens of the republic. It makes no difference whether he appeals to class hatred or class interest, to religious or anti-religious prejudice. The man who makes such an appeal should always be presumed to make it for the sake of furthering his own interest. The very last thing that an intelligent and self-respecting member of a democratic community should do is to reward any public man because that public man says he will get the private citizen something to which this private citizen is not entitled, or will gratify some emotion or animosity which this private citizen ought not to possess.
Now, the same principle which applies in private life applies also in public life. If a public man tries to get your vote by saying that he will do something wrong in your interest, you can be absolutely certain that if ever it becomes worth his while he will do something wrong against your interest.