Perhaps the biggest example of the left removing choice from Americans is the distinction between charity and taxes. Simply put, charity is ‘given’ while taxes are ‘taken.’ One clearly involves a choice and the other is clearly compulsory. Liberals constantly maintain that they are more generous and compassionate than their conservative brethren. The data though, show that liberals are – as usual – wrong.
One study done by Google found that average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals. The Catalogue for Philanthropy typically finds that red states are the most likely to give to nonprofits, while Northeastern states are least likely to do so. Conservatives tend to give more money, and a higher percentage of their income, to charity. They do all this while making less money than liberals. Liberal families average 6 percent higher incomes than conservative families.
The left is constantly advocating for debt forgiveness to Africa, ‘living wages’ for the poor and other social programs. The difference though, is that these are government policies, not charitable contributions. As far as the left is concerned, you shouldn’t have a choice with your charity.
There are countless other anecdotal examples to be pointed to. Parents in San Francisco (a fair representation of the left) can no longer choose to give their kids Happy Meals from McDonalds. If the liberals in San Francisco get their way at the ballot box in 2012 (a fair assumption) parents will also no longer be able to choose to buy their children dogs, cats, hamsters or goldfish nor will they be allowed to choose to have their sons circumcised.
Liberals will claim they are looking out for the welfare of the masses. Perhaps that’s true. I can’t speak to what they truly believe or how they truly feel. Assuming they’re being honest, where is the line between ‘good for the masses’ and ‘individual freedom’?
From my seat, we’re on the wrong side of that line.