Letter: Ask what you can do for yourself

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"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country," advised Democrat icon John Kennedy in his inaugural address. He would likely be disgusted by the entitlement mentality of today's political left.

Recent writers have whined about "evil, un-Christian Republicans" wanting to "take away health care and food from Americans," yet it is my experience that I have been free to buy as much health care and food as I wished. Indeed, I have purchased my own health insurance, on a working-class wage, for half my working life, including during extensive periods of unemployment. It is a simple matter of priorities.

Democrats like to state that "we are a nation of laws" when the law matches their desires, otherwise they ignore it. There is not a hint in our Constitution that allows government to take money from those who earned it and give it to those who did not, but that is precisely what is done in the guise of health care, welfare or whatever.

Jesus' admonishment to take care of the poor was a personal, not a government mandate, restated by St. Paul in Thessalonians: "He that shall not work, neither shall he eat."

Richard Willerton

Vancouver