The premise of the liberal progressive collectivist ideal is the government knows best and citizens must be guided by a group of enlightened well intentioned omniscient benefactors. This is a threat to society because it fosters mediocrity and stifles creativity and innovation.
If we do not strive for independence and self reliance and do not take care to manage our means ourselves, our end will be ruination. Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generating actions.
The progressive left Democratic presidential candidates reject the concept of individualism and have resurrected and embraced the failed misguided notions and promise of a utopia as articulated in article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
Food, clothing, homes, medical care, do not grow in nature. These are goods and services produced by men. Who will supply these goods and services? Who will pay for them?
If some men are entitled by “right” to the products and work of others, it means that those others are deprived of their rights and property. No man has the right to impose obligations, unrewarded duties or involuntary servitude on other men. There is no such thing as a “right to enslave”.
More and more Americans are blinded by their faith in a government that claims it knows better than they do, that in all things it can succeed and provide. It is becoming fanatical obsession. A wise philosopher eloquently cautioned: “There is no difference between Communism and Socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end. Communism proposes to enslave men by force, Socialism by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide”.
Edward Konecnik is a retired music teacher musician and singer. He produced the original Value Music Video for the NY State Curriculum Guide Lessons In Values Education; and was awarded first place prize for his anti-drug value music video Dont Start; by Governor Mario Cuomo (1986).
Konecnik was invited to perform in Slovakia on TV and in festivals by the Slovak cultural agency Matica Slovenska. He is the first American artist invited to record in Slovakia for OPUS Records. Prisiel som ja z Ameriky; Slovak folk songs. (1989) Instrumental accompaniments performed on synthesizer by Ed Konecnik Lovely Lady Liberty; (1990).Slovak melodies with English lyrics in country style. He is also District 30 Media Center Director.