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Americans have embraced welfare state, says author

Chris Woodward   (OneNewsNow.com) Sunday, November 18, 2012

An author and commentator says Americans have traded their declaration of independence for a declaration of dependence.

"On Election Day 2012, the American people voted to become, after nearly 250 years as an independent nation, a European welfare state," says Lowell Ponte, co-author of The Great Debasement, which he co-authored with businessman and economist analyst Craig R. Smith.

Ponte says the difficulty with being dependent is that you cease to fulfill your potential as a human being.

"If you open your Bible to 1 Timothy 5:8, you find the Bible saying, But if any provide not for his own, especially for those in his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel. The reason for that is you have a responsibility under God, under the faith, to provide for your own, not expect the government to do it, not expect the collective to do it; it is your responsibility," he declares.

Ponte adds the part of the reason for that is because government is "terribly unreliable," with politicians promising people whatever they need to in order to get their votes.

"If you want to look at a truly collectivist nation and its mentality go to India, where people think nothing of stepping over a starving or dying man in the gutter," he says. "They say, Oh, it's his karma. God will take care of this; we don't need to.

"In the same way, how many people now do not reach out to help their neighbor, to help a stranger, because we now say, Oh, the welfare state will do that. I already have been taxed to take care of you; therefore, I have exercised my responsibility toward you. No, you haven't, according to Jesus."

Ponte says it is for those who call themselve Christians to visit the person in prison, to help the injured, the hungry and so on.

Not only does the welfare state destroy human relationships and spiritual relationships, but Ponte says it creates a "divider effect" in society, based on the politics of class warfare, pitting one person against another.

"The Ten Commandments says Thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covet anything that belongs to thy neighbor," he says. "And yet we now have one of our two major political parties whose entire agenda is Let's covet and take from that person next door who has more than you do."

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