Elton John Loves Conservatives but Hates Their Kids
Does Elton John Hate the kids of conservatives? If he praises the actions of “compassionate conservatives” then I think he does.
‘We’ve seen George W. Bush and conservative American politicians pledge tens of billions to save the lives of Africans with HIV. Think of all the love. Think of where we’d be without it, nowhere, that’s where. We’d be nowhere at all,’ John said at the International AIDS conference in Washington on Monday.”
I like Elton John. I want him and everyone else to be able to marry whomever they want. I want him to be free to write more great hits like “Sad Songs” and “Tiny Dancer.” I’m a fan. But what I am not a fan of is his collectivist Ideas of praising “compassionate conservatives” for using the force of government to steal property from some, in order to give it to others. More government always leads to less freedom, for Elton John, for individuals in America and around the world.
Elton exclaims “think of all the love” that the actions of the conservative politicians produced, but is taxation and redistribution an act of love?
When property is stolen from “taxpayers” in the form of taxes, they suffer and so do their children. Having children at all for the productive class is an economic decision and taxation and inflation are key drivers in that decision. In effect when government steals money from a mother and father they are being deprived by force of their resources, which they can spend on their offspring which in effective limits how many children they have. This reduces the “Love” an individual can show to themselves, their living children and the children they choose not to have due to economic reasons.
Stealing money from one to give to another isn’t an act of love, either from whom it’s stolen from or to whom its bestowed upon. Think about the corruption these “billions of love dollars” will perpetuate in Africa and here at home. Where is this money going to? Who benefits? I bet it is going to benefit the politicians and their cronies more than any AIDS infected individual in Africa. The drug companies win, the NGO’s win, and the local corrupt chieftains in America and Africa win as well.
Instead of advocating for more government, I wish Elton and others would be advocating for protecting the natural rights of every individual, whether they are gay, straight, live in Africa or America or have AIDS or not. Everyone on Earth has a right to their life, liberty and property. No one has a right to take away anyone’s life, liberty or property even if it is to “help” someone else.
The planners in Washington who think they can spend your money better than you can never miss an opportunity to do so. This is just such an opportunity. If individuals want to give to charity that is their business. It is no business of government to do so.
Elton John doesn’t hate the kids of conservatives but by praising and putting his stamp of approval on conservative politicians redistributing the wealth of others, limits the life and “love” of individuals from whom the tax dollars are stolen from. It is a violation of their God-given natural rights. If it’s okay to take money to help AIDS infected individuals then why shouldn’t the government confiscate all taxpayer income and allow politicians to dole the stolen wealth out to the ”needy”?
A lot of people who have a cause turn to government for help. But government has no money of its own. It steals what it has from those who provide a service or product that others voluntarily purchase, whether that be the service of a bank teller or a master song writer producing a heart wrenching “Sad Song”.
Property should only be taken from someone who earned it on the free market through voluntary exchange as a recourse to satisfy a victim after that individual committed a crime. I have committed no crime against any African who contracted AIDS. Why should the government steal money from me that I work for to give to them? That is the crux of the matter. No one has a prior lien on my earnings, no matter how much they are in need.
“Whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. (or Individual with AIDS). The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: ‘No.’ Altruism says: ‘Yes.’” - Ayn Rand
The misery and poverty of billions of people around the world is terrible. But having the government steal money from taxpayers and then dole it out to the “needy” is not the answer. What keeps people in poverty is government and specifically the authoritarian collectivist Ideas upon which it is based. They are the same ideas that Elton John is unwittingly supporting when he praises and in effect advocates for more of the same government actions that perpetuate poverty and misery here and around the world.
Individual liberty, private property, and the idea that the Individual is sovereign instead of the “collective” has raised the living standard of billions and saved the lives of billions as well. What Elton and others who advocate for collectivism forget is that the wealth that is stolen from productive individuals was created not because of government but because of the voluntary exchanges of the free market. More freedom equals more wealth and because of that more people will be helped. Voluntary charity is huge in this country and would increase in direct proportion to the decrease in Government theft (taxation).
Taxation is theft and not an act of love. Love is a personal act and by its very nature can only be voluntary, or it is not Love. It is the willing sacrifice of yourself for another because you want to enjoy the life of that individual. Love is not force, it is the opposite of force. Government is force and as such is the opposite of love. If a thief steals a hundred dollars from you and gives it to someone who “needs” it, does that change the fact that the theft took place? Aren’t you still out the hundred dollars? . Taxation for “good” is still theft.
These “humanitarian highwaymen” of the government who steal from you to “help others” remember do so at the barrel of a gun. Just try not paying your share of helping someone over seas. The friendly “humanitarians” at the IRS will begin a dialogue with you that has the full force of government behind it. And if you persist in not “paying your humanitarian share” they will come and seize it, and they will do so like the highwaymen of old with a gun. And just like the highwaymen of old they will not hesitate to kill you if you persist in not giving up your property in a timely manner.
All government humanitarianism is based upon this model. Give up the loot or give up your life. This is why so many go to the government for the support of their cause. There isn’t a better armed “highwayman” in the world.
I think Elton and most people who look to government to help their cause are trying to do good even though they don’t consciously understand that taxation is theft, and in essence armed robbery. I hope that those like Elton instead of advocating for more government theft will advocate for less, because the more Freedom people have the more prosperous they are the more they are able to help themselves and others.
“The solution to the social problem lies in Liberty.” - Frederic Bastiat
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