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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 9, October 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 9, October 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date unknown
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 049
Transcript ^^BmHHHBsm In lee born free—free to grow and prosper according to his Cod-given capabilities exercised within the dictates of I rt)d's leiws. Vmerica is the first place in the world where this happened. The people who came to the American wilderness from the tired and cynical lands of Europe were not supermen. Indeed, many of them were not even considered the best of their breed. But in the stimulating climate of freedom thev became supermen because there was released within them a burst of energy, a multiplication of thought, effort, and work, the like of which the world had never seen before. Within an amazingly short period of history, they transformed their wilderness into the world's leading nation. INDIVIDUALISM IS NOT SELFISHNESS Is it true that our forefathers' ideal of life was a selfish one? In a way, it could be so described: at least every man was working for himself working to create something that he could have and hold for himself and his loved ones. This so-called selfishness or individualism our forefathers considered a duly. But human nature works in strange ways: in creating unequalled prosperity for themselves individually, the American people created a surplus of the good things of life that makes us the most generous and charitable people on the face of the earth. America is one of the few places in the world where there is enough food for all and where the blight of poverty is enuiiiig closer and closer to extinction. If this is the result of selfishness, then this particular kind of selfishness would lee- a wonderful thing for the resl of the world to discover and tn adopt. But as a matter of fact, American individualism is not selfishness. It is intelligent, constructive self-interest that benefits all Americans and in nee way does it endanger either America or lhe free world. As suggested earlier, there are only two ways in which America can be of real value to the free world; first, to -teinil as an example for other peoples to copy; and second, to aid the free nalions to defend themselves from Commu- ni-l aggression. The fulfillment of both of these objectives requires a strong and prospermia Vmerica. which in turn calls for a nation of people who Inelel feist In their faith in the Freedom from which America draws ii- strength and prosperity. I do not consider il an exaggeration to say that the future of the free world depends upon the American people dis charging their patriotic duty to their Constitution and to the practices that have sprung from it. There are today in America many forces working against the intelligent discharge of patriotic duty. The most generally recognized of these forces is lhe never-ending effort of enemy agents to generate class and race friction within our population— efforls to convince minority groups that, after all, they have little or no stake in this wonderful system of ours and that only socialism can be their savior. These efforts are known to almost all of us and can be guarded against. But some of the other attacks upon our institutions are much more attractive and far less obvious. To understand these we must bear in mind the kind of a system that was sel up by the Founding Fathers. From a legal standpoint, this is a complicated system, but from a more important standpoint—the standpoint of the relations between the citizen and his government—it is very simple. The people who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were working toward an ideal—government that would be strong enough to protect the people but not strong enough to coerce them. The thing that made this type of government practical was the willingness and determination of every man to stand on his own feet and resort to government assistance only in times of personal or general <lisaster. This policy of limited government gave the American people more rights and more freedom than any other people on earth. The system worked, partly because the great majority of the people gladly assumed the duties and responsibilities that went with their rights, and partly because government was so limited in ils taxing and borrowing power that it did nol have the fluids with which to lake over the people's duties and responsibilities. This was particularly true of the federal government. GOVERNMENT MUST BE LIMITED Today, however, the taxing and bor- rowing power of the federal government has been increased lei a point where it heis the funds lo perform almost any service for the people that the people are willing to have it perform. Herein lies grave danger to our traditional institutions, and it is the patriotic elutv of every citizen tee resist the subtle and attractive proposals through which the so-called liberal politicians offer to lift from the people's shoulders the burdens of individual responsibility. This resistance is not easy because the duties that are imposed on free men are not easv. The idea of letting the government do our thinking and planning—and taking responsibility for the results—is highly attractive, particularly to the first man we mentioned before—that part of our split personality that is looking for the easy way out. But this resistance becomes easier when we realize that every time government relieves us of personal responsibility it also takes away part of our personal freedom. Resistance to government encroachments on individual freedom also becomes easier when we understand the basis of government help. Here is the key: everything that government gives the people must first be taken from the people. Government produces nothing. Everything is produced by the people. Federal aid, when in the form of money, is money that was collected from localities, sent to Washington, and returned to localities minus the part that is needed for government overhead expense. This process enables the federal government to purchase the people's support—virtually buy their votes—with the people's own money. And through controlling the votes, the federal government has the power to persuade the people to vote away their hberty. I am not one of those who view with great alarm the future of America. Some damage has already been done to our institutions, but the process responsible for this damage seems to have been at least halted, and there is real hope lhat it can be reversed if the people- eire alert to the discharge of their patriotic duty. I would like to touch on some of the harmful things that have happened to America which I believe endanger the future of the nation. The first of these is a rather general idea that has, during the last twenty years been quite widely accepted, namely, that man on earth can achieve a perfect world; that if we experiment long enough we can find a form of government that can completely eliminate the personal tragedies and injustices that are the results of the imperfect nature of human beings. This heaven-on-earlh idea comes directly from socialism, and once it is of- fieially accepted, it becomes verv easy to concentrate our national policies upon this shining goal and ignore the tragedies and injustices that must be perpetrated in order to pursue it. If we allow ourselves to be hypnotized hy the mirage of a completely perfect •TACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955 Page 47
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