You Work and Toil and Earn Bread, and I’ll Eat It

by Crocker on July 31, 2011, 7:10 am

in Economics,History,Law,Politics

So said Abraham Lincoln during his debate with Stephen Douglas at Alton, Illinois, on October 15, 1858. Lincoln distilled the politics of tyranny down to its very essence and applied it to tyrants of every age, whether they be kings, slaveholders or today’s leftists. You do the work and I’ll take what you produce. You are my slave.

Unfortunately, the politics of tyranny are alive and well. As we watch the debates in Washington and, indeed, in every community across the land, what is the essence of the conversation? One group of people demand that another group “work and toil and earn bread” so that it can be taken and eaten by others. Is this not the very essence of slavery?

All tyrants try to disguise their tyranny and use words like “fairness” to do so. They twist language to make tyranny seems natural and right. Yet it is not and never can be. The struggle between those who believe in liberty and self-government and those believing in regulation and redistribution is nothing more than the same eternal struggle between right and wrong.

As Abraham Lincoln said so well:

That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.

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Beetlejuice December 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Apply the principle of “you work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it” to federal deficit spending and you end up with generational slavery. Now which party supports unbridled deficit spending? Oh ya, the same party that supported racial slavery. Consistent to the end. Why are people voting for slavery these days?

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