“In your opinion, does the state have the right to redistribute wealth from some people to others? Why or why not?”
In my opinion the state, or government, does not have the right to redistribute wealth from one individual to another.
But my opinion does not stop the state from redistributing wealth, because it does it every day. In my view the term “redistribute wealth” is basically a glorified synonym of the word “steal.” “Redistribute wealth” is a version of the word steal that enables certain people to actually steal without getting caught. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word steal as “to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice.” When that definition enters my brain it sounds a lot like the term redistributing wealth. The Fourth Amendment says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” Not only is stealing against the Bill of Rights, it is against God’s law as well: “Thou shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15
It is very evident to me that stealing is a big no, no. The commandment in the Bible is quite clear. It does not say Thou shall not steal, except by majority rule, it says that you cannot steal period– there are no commas and no buts in that sentence. So why is the state breaking the law? My best answer to that question is that the state wants people dependent on them, wants to be the hero, and wants to fix everyone’s problems. But sadly the state isn’t fixing everyone’s problems; it is making more problems by taking away things from people to give to other people. It really is a terrible situation.
If we were all Amish the state wouldn’t have to redistribute our wealth because in Amish communities they take care of each other. Did you know that the Amish don’t have to pay into social security? They don’t have to because when an Amish person needs some help he doesn’t depend on the state to provide for him, his community helps him out. Isn’t that such a great system?! Unfortunately our culture is very self-centered. When a person gets in a tough spot he cannot depend on his community or family to help him because they are too self-centered. So when a person needs help and no one wants to help he runs to the state for help, begging, or demanding assistance. The state then realizes that it would be a good idea to get on the person’s good side so it decides to help out by taking some money from some better off person to give to the other. The state rewards begging; it does not reward responsibility- in fact it discourages responsibility by taking away (stealing) from responsible people. [it just makes me so miffed!!!!!]
Isn’t it sad that the needy person ends up turning to the state for help possibly because he didn’t ask for help elsewhere or the “elsewhere” didn’t want to help him, and in the long run the community ended up helping because the state forced them to, even if they didn’t want to? And when the state takes from the community it might not even know where its wealth is going- it could be going to a place killing babies for all they know! What has this society come to, that it has to be forced to help someone out?
I am going to end this essay with a question for you to ponder on: Would you rather give (have taken away by force) your wealth or money to an unknown cause or to someone who you know that really needs the help?