Years ago, I saw a political cartoon that showed a little red wagon. Inside the wagon were as many children as it could hold. Beneath the picture was this caption: “Who’s gonna pull the wagon when everybody wants to ride?”
This was back in the days when our nation was beginning its movement toward socialism. Today, it seems the move is in its final stages. The question remains, “Who’s gonna pull the wagon when everybody wants to ride?”
I read the story of an economics professor who was attempting to instill in his students the belief that socialism was flawed. To prove his point, he did an experiment. He announced that the students’ grades would be averaged. After a few days in which the students who had worked hard received mediocre grades and the students who hadn’t studied received the same grades, the whole class stopped trying; and every one of them failed the class.
Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747 – 1813) was a Scottish advocate, judge, writer, and historian who served as Professor of Universal History and Greek and Roman Antiquities at the University of Edinburgh. He made this insightful comment: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
Isn’t this exactly what is happening in America? The liberal establishment has used taxpayer funds to buy the votes of those who like the “freebees.” How long will it be before those “pulling the wagon” decide it’s time they get to ride? Or worse yet, how long before the national debt makes it impossible for anyone to ride?
Socialism is contrary to the laws of nature! It is even against the laws of God! While it is true that the first-century Church practiced a form of socialism, it was still the Lord’s will that, insofar as possible, each person should pull his own weight. Paul explained this in 2 Thes. 3:10, where he said, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” When possible, each person was to take his turn at “pulling the wagon.”
Any time politicians buy votes by rewarding lethargy, industry must suffer!
The late, famed columnist Paul Harvey told of the seagulls that became so accustomed to eating the waste from the offshore fish cannery that, when the ship moved on, the seagulls starved because they had forgotten how to “fish for themselves.”
Do you remember the story of the community that was plagued by feral hogs? The people had tried, in vain, to get rid of the creatures. Finally, a man agreed to get rid of them for a price. A deal was struck. So, the man built a huge pen, large enough to hold all the hogs. He began feeding them quite some distance away from the pen. The older hogs were skeptical. But, after seeing the little pigs getting fatter while not having to forage, they decided they should get their share. Each day, the man moved the feed a little closer to the pen. Finally, after the hogs had become accustomed to their “free meals,” he placed the feed inside the pen. When the hogs went inside, he closed the gate.
We should be asking ourselves: “Who’s feeding the hogs?” “What are their plans?” We can be certain, whatever their plans, that if we don’t wake up, we’ll wind up inside the pen; the gate will be shut; and, as Alexander Tytler implied, we’ll be under the rule of a dictatorship.
We’ve all probably seen the cartoon of the donkey busily pulling the cart while trying to reach the carrot suspended from a stick supported by his neck. To me, the donkey represents the American public. The carrot represents the freebees being dangled in front of them. Tragically, the donkey is about to plunge to his death over the precipice he doesn’t see because he refuses to take his eyes off the carrot.
While more and more people “vote themselves largesse from the public treasury,” they haven’t the foresight to see what’s ahead!
When those we elect to represent us seem determined to buy votes by rewarding laziness, it’s time we cease looking to government for a solution and spend more time in prayer!
A praying people can claim the promises of God, whereas the nation which forgets God is destined for ruin (Ps. 9:17). This is a spiritual law that preempts all other laws.
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