Liberty and The Victim Mentality


As I have said before in this column, Henry Ford was socially not my favorite person in the world, but one of his quotes should be emblazoned upon the thoughts of every American: “Anyone who feels they can thrive by relying upon the government should talk to the American Indian.”  In other words, the “Victim Mentality” doesn’t work.  And unfortunately, it gets people down and keeps them there.

A second quote from Milton Friedman should be similarly emblazoned: “No society in the history of man has lifted itself up out of poverty except through a system of Free Enterprise and Private Property Rights.”  In other words, Liberty works!  So choose.  Of course we should have a Safety Net for those among us who are in need, but we shouldalways combine that with a program with incentives to earn the extra dollar.  Why?  Because we care about people, and want them to prosper and have a better life.  And we can do that by setting up a system of equal justice and opportunity for all to attain success and prosperity through education, economic risk-taking and just plain hard work.

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President, along with
Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President