The moral basis for what I am about to say, for me, comes from my faith. If your faith differs from mine, I think the point is still equally valid because I am unaware of any faith (ok, maybe Satanism and atheists who hold to certain egoist philosophies) that does not command or encourage personal charity.
The inspiration for this comes from this article (http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/liberal-psychoses/ ) by Victor Davis Hanson on Liberal Psychosis. His description of the metamorphosis of the Democrat Party from the perspective of having grown up in a Democrat household to what it has become today mirrors my own upbringing. My grandparents were typical Southern Yellow Dog Democrats. It wasn’t until the debacle that was Jimmy Carter that my parents left the party having realized how bankrupt the Democrat’s were for a legitimate policy philosophy.
My grandparents were never able to acknowledge that the party had moved out from under their feet. My grandfather was never a rich man, but he was a Southern Baptist deacon and took seriously Christ’s command to care for the poor (Matt 25: 31-46 “Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”). I vividly recall going with him, him in his early 80’s, to clean gutters for “the old widow ladies” who, by and large, were 10 years younger than him.
No government made him do that, or hundreds of other things he did without mention or even much thought. They were simply the right things that a man did, because he was a man and a Christian.
Contrast this with the modern welfare State. The State is incapable of differentiating those worthy of charity and those who should have applied to them 2 Thes 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
The State is more concerned with maintaining its bureaucracy or, at a higher level, buying its re-election. The God’s of the Copybook Headings make it abundantly clear that the Republic that has more consumers than producers soon dies.
Conversely, the Church that does not engage in real, relevant and effective ministry soon dies. Jesus made it a point to meet peoples physical needs, hunger, thirst, healing, as well as pointing out to them that these were temporary solutions to eternal problems.
So, count me among the “heartless” Tea Partiers who want to see the entire Medicare, Social Security, etc Ponzi scheme torn to the ground. Don’t fix it, don’t mend it, burn it to the ground. This CAN be done without tossing all the old people on fixed incomes out into the street. It will require adults to be in charge, make hard decisions, make firm timelines and stick to them. There will be a percentage of those on welfare of one sort or another who will wind up on the streets. This will be the same percentage pretty much regardless of age, color, creed or sexual orientation. What you paid into SS is one thing, but it is a drug we need to wean the populace off of.
Let’s return charity where it belongs, with those who feel led to give. The State not only has no proper moral authority to get involved that deeply into personal lives, it is the least efficient, most corruption prone and most de-humanizing method to improve people’s lives.