Ron Paul was recently chastised for accepting a “government benefit” in the form of Social Security – the implication being that he is a hypocrite.
Read what Robert LeFevre had to say about “withdrawal of sanction” and then you decide:
The victim of aggression is not, at the moment of aggression, providing his sanction. The sanction comes later when the victim, having already suffered because of some incursion against him, now goes to the government and says, in substance, “You have taken some of my resources and I want them back.” At this point, the government responds, “We don’t blame you. We really didn’t want to hurt you. But we had a project that simply had top priority so we took your resources in order to accomplish it. Now, if you will just file the correct papers, we will get some resources away from others and then turn them back to you.”
The victim sanctions the looting of others as a defensive or retaliatory move in order to get his own returned and in order for him to remove himself from the role of victim. But this is the sanction by which government grows. When you accept any kind of a handout, benefit, pension, social security, subsidy, or even police protection, government literature, advice, or whatever from the state, you are, in essence, justifying the government’s future incursions against others. Although you are probably making a mental note: “I’m just getting back some of what I’ve paid,” you are becoming a statistic the government can use to demonstrate that the program it has must be supported. “Mr. Smith (and others) is now depending on our handouts, benefits, pensions, social security, medicare, and other things, and would be lost without these goodies.” Thus, you sanction the state at the point where you voluntarily accept something from the state when a choice is open to you not to accept.
LeFevre goes on to say:
Make this distinction in your mind. When you have no choice and are forced, you are the victim and you are not sanctioning. When you have a choice and are not forced, but you accept a government “benefit” of any kind, then you are not a victim but you are sanctioning.
If you stop sanctioning governmental procedures, it will not be able to use you as a statistic to justify either future growth or present programs.
So, according to LeFevre, yes, Ron Paul is a hypocrite. How about you?