Is This What We Want?

Editor, News-Register:

Sixty years ago, Venezuela was ranked fourth on the World Economic Freedom Index. Today they are ranked 179th, and their citizens are dying from starvation.

In only 10 years, Venezuela was destroyed by “Democratic Socialism.”

Dr. Adrian Rogers, and American pastor (1931-2005), used a quote, written by Gerald L.K. Smith, that was first published in Mr. Smith’s magazine, “The Cross and Flag,” in the early 1960s. This quote also appeared in the Congressional Record of 1958, where it was appended to the record by Republican Congressman Bruce Alger from Texas.

The quote is as follows: “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

Is this what we really want for the United States of America?

William and Susan P. Patsche

St. Clairsville

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