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Charity & Personal Responsibility


Charity is not the role of government, yet we delegate responsibility of children and seniors to the government. This must stop. It is the role of the private citizen to take care of his fellow man who is unable to. Welfare (whether corporate or personal) and other social programs must slowly be eliminated.

Additionally, income redistribution is to be flatly rejected. Taxes must be set such that every person has a stake in society. While progressive tax brackets are reasonable, vast differences in rates to place the burden of government on the few must be rejected. Each person has a stake in government, each person should shoulder some of the burden.

While socialist ideas of income redistribution are wrong and unethical, the Constitutional Conservative recognizes others may not be as fortunate as himself. Anyone blessed by the Creator has a moral responsibility to help their fellow man. Thus, each citizen should contribute to charity organizations.

Constitutional Conservatism requires (demands) assistance to the less fortunate, but it’s a private, not government, function.

Personal Responsibility

In the old days, ethics weren’t questioned. “My word is my bond” was the rule, with a handshake sufficient to seal the deal. Today, it’s who has the best lawyer. The erosion of personal integrity continues to have tragic consequences in business as well as personal life.

Personal responsibility and devotion to a commitment are foreign concepts to many people today as the divorce rate continues to climb. We see divorces after just a few months, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Really? It’s difficult to imagine even having time to fully explore options in a few months, let alone coming to a difference which can’t be managed.

Perhaps the problem is a lack of understanding what love is. The Greek language contains three words for love, with the highest being agape. It’s important to understand agape isn’t an emotion, it’s a commitment, a theme echoing through traditional marriage vows — “for better or worse, in richer or poorer, in sickness and health, ’till death do us part”. That’s a commitment. Today the vow is “until something better comes along”. This must not be.

These words from Churchill fall on deaf ears today as commitment is only valid as long as it’s fun or easy.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender

Finally, everyone has their favorite examples from the justice system, from the twinkie defense to murdering your parents and throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you’re an orphan. We’ve changed criminal justice into situations where everyone is a victim (certainly some people have legitimate issues and need help—see charity above—but blaming your crime on twinkies? Get real).

Constitutional Conservatives call for a return of old-fashioned ethics and personal responsibility. Your handshake is your bond. Perform your commitments. Take responsibility for your actions.

The complete article on Constitutional Conservatism is available as PDF, or visit the About Constitutional Conservatism page.

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