Sacrifice and Service

Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to incompetence, of progress to stagnation – and the subordinating of all life and of all values to the claims of anyone’s suffering.

The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.

It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there is service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be master.  — Ayn Rand

I do not agree with everything Ayn Rand ever said, but she could smell a Commie ten miles off.  This has that certain communist stink about it:

An Obama campaign theme is that more Americans need to sacrifice for neighborhood and country.

He has put out a $3.5-billion national service plan that would double the size of the Peace Corps, recruit retired engineers and scientists to tutor students, and offer college students tuition aid in return for community service.

He has put out a $3.5-billion plan?  Is this his money he is talking about using?  No, it is yours.  You are the one that gets to sacrifice for his plan, at the point of a gun.

Americans are plenty generous and giving.  We do not need someone dictating to us where our charitable dollars should go.  Reduce our tax burden and our increased charitable contributions will support our neighborhoods and country without the Federal government taking their very inefficient cut off the top.

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2 Comments »

  1. jonolan said

    I agree with your overall sentiment. The socialist tendencies of the Dems in general and Obama in specific are more than worrying. I do however like the idea of Obama’s national service plan. It seems good to me to increase the opportunity for national service in areas other than just the military.

    Of course, like all or most of Obama’s so called plans, there aren’t enough published details for any of us to decide if his methods for executing this idea have any real merit.

  2. wilsonfu said

    Mr. Fu too likes the *idea* of some sort of national service organization. But there is no reason it has to be a tax payer funded endeavor.

    We actually have several national service organizations and organizations that provide services, many privately funded: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Shiners, et cetera. All of these groups do fine work and return far more bang for the buck than any tax payer funded organization. Like Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is to the Air Force, why not create an Auxiliary to the Army or to the National Guard, that is a volunteer service organization to provide disaster relief? The CAP model works, just expand the idea.

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