There was a time when we Americans watched out for each other. If someone needed help, his friends, family, and neighbors would jump in to do what was needed. As a teenager, my small-town dad taught me to always offer help. Flat tire? Hey, let me help you with that jack. Dead battery? We can give you a jump. Cows got out of the fence? Let’s help you get them back in. House burned down? The whole town will pitch in to help you get back on your feet. It’s the Montana way. And you never know when you might be the one who needs help.
But voluntary charity wasn’t good enough for the “progressives” among us. They have never trusted their neighbors to help. Maybe it’s because they never felt compelled to offer help to others. So the expectation in recent years is to have government answer every need.
There’s a big difference. An important difference.
You see, the good Lord knew what he was doing when he created the human psyche. Voluntarily helping somebody else feels good. You know it’s true – it really is better to give than to receive.
But when someone takes something from you – something you worked for – and gives it to somebody else whether you like it or not – well . . . it just doesn’t feel so good, does it?
There was a big fire near Roundup, Montana a few weeks ago. Thousands of acres of timber and agricultural land were destroyed, along with dozens of homes. A small group of nearby ranchers realized that their fellow cattlemen were going to have a problem feeding their stock. They weren’t asked to help. And they didn’t wait for the government to do a series of studies about what was needed. They took action on their own.
In short order, 18 fire-stricken ranchers from the Roundup area received truckloads of hay, courtesy of their concerned neighbors – even the delivery and fuel was donated.
This is how charity used to work. This is how it SHOULD work.
Can you imagine how much it would have cost and how long it would have taken for our government bureaucracy to get hay to these ranchers in need?
Yes, it does take a village to raise a child and to help those in need. It takes neighbors, family, and friends. And it works a lot better without forced charity – and the complication and inefficiency of government.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
thanks to Deb Hill
If the sky above you
Should turn dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud
Soon I’ll be knocking upon your door