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Eric Hoffer Quote

The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.

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Group Think is Often Immoral
F.A. Hayek wrote in The Road to Serfdom the following, “To act on behalf of a group seems to free people of many of the moral restraints which control their behavior as individuals within the group.”

President-elect Obama has pledged that he would cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans while raising taxes on 5 percent of Americans. It would appear that President-elect Obama is fitting FA Hayek’s statement to a tee. Would Barack walk up to each individual that he is proposing to take more money from and individually force them to pay up? Of course not, because it is wrong to do. It is theft. It is stealing. It is immoral to take from one and give to another just because they have more than you think they should have. But when President Obama acts in the name of a group of people, it somehow becomes easier and more palatable, but it doesn’t make it right. Yet, the federal government steals from the rich to give to the rich, the poor, the middle class, the well-connected, and on and on. If Barack Obama, himself, cannot walk up to rich individuals and take their money individually just because he feels they make too much, then he certainly can’t act in the name of a group of people to do so. It is still immoral. It might be easier to do because He has the will of the majority, but if all it takes to feel good or be good is the will of the majority, then I guess that slavery should be fine as well. The will of the majority does not make something moral or right. Hopefully President Obama reflects upon his suspect Socialist principals. They aren’t as righteous and moral as he pretends.

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