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
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
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
"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
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."