By Jeff Ziegler
The notion of material wealth both in its creation and stewardship, has always stirred great storms of divergent economic theories and philosophical debate. Historically, these arguments have revolved around the false antithesis of the “haves-and have-nots”. Moreover, prevalent attitudes in America have also tended to run in the same bi-polar extremes. In turn, this has led to destructive political demagoguery and the invective of class warfare.
On one hand, we see many Americans who exhibit an egalitarian ethos. For them all of life must be “fair” and “equal”! Any hardships that are encountered are to be mitigated at all costs through the interposition of government regulations and redistributive taxation. These are predisposed to view wealth with suspicion and as a hindrance to imagined utopian expectations.
At the other extreme, we have had epochs wherein unethical economic anarchists seemed to romp through the land with impunity outside the reach of law and order. Their paradigm dictates a fanciful notion that true prosperity will be marked by uninterrupted growth, success, health and triumph without the inconvenience of conflict, trial, work, and tribulation. If any of these unpleasant attributes of life do appear, they will do anything to make sure such inconveniences disappear. Ethics notwithstanding!
The anthem of colonial America regarding wealth creation, was clearly articulated in biblical verse “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth …” Deuteronomy 8:18. According to this view God is the creator of the earth and of all things visible and invisible, but he is not the direct disburser of wealth. Rather it is God who gives his children the power or ability and gifting to produce wealth. In this light, the power and abilities which God gives his children to “get wealth” are not “get rich quick schemes” or government entitlements but rather, diligent, purposeful work, investment in the future, and the principle of inheritance.
Future Inheritance: The Test of Your Personal Economic Theory
Nothing is more despised by American society at large than the concept of inheritance. Class envy has allowed statist, socialistic elitists in our bloated federal and state bureaucracies, to attack inheritance through tyrannical estate taxes, which in some cases are so oppressive, the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next is nearly impossible. Popular bumper stickers brandished by our senior citizens arrogantly proclaim “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.” Even neoconservative radio talk show icon Rush Limbaugh feels compelled to apologize for the concept of inherited wealth often explaining that most wealthy conservatives have “earned their fortunes.”
Yet, it is inheritance, passed on from generation to generation that has been the chief building block for American cultural institutions and future leadership. We see this exhibited by the myriad of trusts, foundations, and educational institutions. The Bush family (like them or not …) has translated inheritance into a political “farm system” that may change the very course of history. Inheritance is a concept of purpose-filled living. Wealth can be created to such ends and every man has God-given talents to achieve such function.
The inheritance test tends to repulse defeatist neo-Marxist guilt-manipulators as well as the marauding “robber-baron” types hence forming maximum opportunity for wealth creation and prosperity with greater liberty for all.
Such concepts were undermined, attacked, and thrown down in President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Declaration. Herein Obama sets an agenda which is anti-future, anti-American and boasts economic nihilism in exchange for corrupted imagined views of justice. Obama has made the choice for 2012 very clear! The candidate that is both future oriented and the best ABO (Anybody But Obama) deserves the helm of this great nation!