Compassion and the Federal Government

Robert L. Andrews

If you were to look at my checkbook, my tax returns, my work history, or various aspects of my private life, though I’m far from perfect, you would see evidence that I am a compassionate person. But if you were to look at my beliefs about what the federal government should do, I sincerely hope that you would find no evidence there at all of my compassion. Why? Because I believe that the federal government, not just in its performance, but in its very essence is an unacceptably poor conduit for my compassion.

When I see people in need and directly help them or help a charitable organization to help them, I am fully blessed for voluntarily giving or helping. The charitable organization is fully blessed from my gift or help. The people in need are fully blessed through real personal compassion. That’s charity. That’s love. That’s a big part of what has made the United States, with the most giving and volunteering people in the world, a great nation.

But when the federal government violates its constitutional limitations to steal money from me to redistribute it to bureaucrats, who send what’s left to agencies, who, after their cut distribute what’s left to people who may or may not be in real need, I am not blessed because I was robbed. The lawmakers aren’t blessed because they are violating their oath of office. The bureaucrats and agency staff aren’t blessed – they’re just cogs in the big government machine and recipients of stolen wealth. Those who receive the aid aren’t blessed; they are cursed with government dependency. There is no charity, no love, and no greatness of our nation in any of this.

So give, volunteer, be a part of making ours a great nation. I’ll do likewise. But be sure the money and time you give are yours to give. Don’t try to give mine for me. You won’t find my compassionate side or yours that way.