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I am an attorney and professor of law and entrepreneurship, so I usually confine my
commentary to matters of public policy, and leave theology to those who have chosen
that field of study. But since today is Sunday, I will take the liberty of making an
observation with a more Biblical bent.

Overwhelming Sentiment to Be Taken Care Of
As one who has taught entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking for nearly ten
years, I am distressed by the apparently overwhelming sentiment sweeping Americans
that they must now be taken care of. I know from years of studying the matter that a
society in which most members are – or can be – entrepreneurial, is a society where
upward mobility is the rule; where wealth is created – not just “spread around”; where
hope is common currency; where the inevitable problems are viewed as opportunities to
find sustainable solutions, and where those solutions are typically new industries, new
companies, and new jobs. An entrepreneurial society is a society where most people
wish to, and know they can, take care of themselves, their families, and even others in
need. Where charity and philanthropy are fellow-travelers with success.

Joe the Plumber’s exposure of Obama’s “spread the wealth” philosophy exploded like a
flash fire, not only because that philosophy is utterly anti-American, but because it is
shortsighted, and immoral. It is short-sighted, because in an economy that is a bit
battered and fragile, what we need are more businesses, more workers, and more
wealth creation in the private sector, not more government programs and more people
dependent upon them. It is short-sighted because it is a failed business model. And, as
we saw with the collapse of major lending institutions a few weeks ago, a failed business
model, made larger (or “spread around,” if you prefer) by government, is not just a
failure, but a catastrophic failure. So it was with the irresponsible lending practices
foisted on American banks by the government, and so it will be with the irresponsible
spending and doomed reliance on government largesse that Obama and the Democrats
are peddling as salvation.

    Foolhardy Philosophies, Immoral Deceptions
    And the inevitability of its failure is why Obama’s philosophies
    are not just foolhardy, but immoral. It is immoral to deceive well-
    meaning people about what you intend to do with their money.
    It is immoral to take by force from those who produce, give to
    others who do not, and call it “charity.” It is staggeringly
    immoral to create an ever-larger class of dependent, helpless
    people who will be doomed to starve when the unsustainable
    system you have created collapses. And most of all, it is
    profoundly immoral to set yourself up as a secular messiah of
    sorts, assuring people that you will take care of them, eliminate
    hardship, heal the planet, and hold enemies at bay by the
    sheer force of your own hypnotic rhetoric.

Obama’s economic and social theories have been debunked and disproven (at great
human cost) so many times over the past 100 years that it’s laughable anyone still
believes in them. But at least his designs on the country are understandable. Those who
crave power will use any tactic, as long as it works.

It’s the fact that it’s working that is inscrutable to me. And this is where the Biblical
references come in. Americans’ attitude toward this posturing, self-important, political
zealot remind me of the Israelites’ demand for a king, as recounted in the Book of
Samuel:

    When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. The name of
    his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at
    Beersheba. But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after
    dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. So all the elders of
    Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, "You
    are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us,
    such as all the other nations have." But when they said, "Give us a king to lead
    us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him:
    "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but
    they have rejected Me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought
    them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they
    are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know
    what the king who will reign over them will do." Samuel told all the words of the
    LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, "This is what the
    king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve
    with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots … He will
    take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best
    of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He
    will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and
    attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and
    donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you
    yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief
    from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
         But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king
    over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and
    to go out before us and fight our battles." When Samuel heard all that the
    people said, he repeated it before the LORD. The LORD answered, "Listen to
    them and give them a king." (1 Samuel 8:1-22)

Chilling Comparisons
The comparisons are telling: Americans are understandably fed up with corruption,
greed, and perversion of justice in our leaders. But till now, we have asked for no king,
because we could take care of ourselves, and because we have always been a godly
people. But look around now – our children languish in failing, crumbling, unsafe, and
undisciplined schools, many of which are merely bastions of social experimentation. Our
cities are riddled with crime. Our families are devastated by divorce, abuse, illegitimacy,
absent fathers, and definitions of “marriage” that fluctuate with the sexual predilections
du jour. Our culture – books, films, music – is saturated with violence and perversion that
even the smallest child is exposed to. And of course, one cannot forget – the high
watermark of freedom and femininity, and the litmus test of liberty for the Left is the
unfettered right to kill our own children in our wombs (or leave them to die outside of
them).

This is what we, as a nation, have brought ourselves to. These are problems that no
amount of social spending will cure, and any promise to do so is a lie, because no
amount of money will change people’s hearts. And yet, instead of reaching deep within
ourselves to find the solutions, we now whine and mewl for someone to save us.

And here he comes, Barack Obama, on a
“righteous wind.”

As with anyone who would be king, Obama
will take our money and our property in ever-
larger amounts. Our children will be saddled
with debt and beholden to a bloated govern-
ment that will enslave the very people it
promised to help. We will be at the mercy of
our enemies. And no matter how bleak or
desperate our own lives becomes, the leaders in Obama’s government will always thrive;
such people always do. Nor is any of this is unique to Obama; it is in the nature of every
king, and every government, which is why our government was originally set up to be
limited, both to protect us, and to ensure our own self-reliance.

John McCain will not be a perfect President. But it is not necessary for the leader of a
free, righteous, and entrepreneurial people to be perfect. I can support John McCain
because he asks only that I vote for him, not that I worship him. And I will vote for John
McCain on November 4th, not because he would be a better king, but because he does
not claim to be one at all.

Neither McCain nor Obama is a king who will save us; we must turn instead to the only
One who can.
Used by Permission
from TownHall.com and
Laura Hollis.
Click here
for the complete
Townhall.com column.



Laura Hirschfeld Hollis
describes herself as a
pro-life Libertarian. She
received her B.A. and
law degree from the
University of Notre
Dame. Today she
serves as Clinical
Professor of Business
Administration at the
University of Illinois.

She is an attorney who
has been in private
practice, was general
counsel for a music
copyright
administration
company in Nashville,
Tennessee, and spent
nearly ten years as a
law professor at the
University of Detroit
Mercy and Michigan
State University. She
was a frequent
editorial contributor to
the
Detroit News. In
1998, Laura was also
among the group of
former University of
Detroit Mercy law
faculty who worked
with former Domino's
Pizza owner Tom
Monaghan to launch
the Ave Maria School
of Law in Ann Arbor,
Michigan.

Laura is presently
working on a book
entitled,
Pandering to
Cool: America's
Enslavement to a Cult of
Adolescence
. She lives
in Illinois with her
husband and their two
children.
LAURA HIRSCHFIELD HOLLIS
                   ...America Asks for a King