It has become common for politicians to trivialize the injustices of the institution that was chattel slavery in the early United States. It has also become a too often used crutch of many activists in this country to draw upon the vestiges of the Jim Crow days when their arguments on social justice fail. There is however reason to show concern that the House of this nation is once again truly becoming divided. This division knows no race, no creed, or even gender identification. This division is that of those who pay the bills, and those who don’t.
Although the words in the title of this post usually are attributed to Abraham Lincoln, he was by no means the first to use them. Thomas Paine used the phrase in his revolutionary pamphlet Common Sense. In that time of populist-progressive upheaval, Paine wrote that a people will inevitably form government systems to ensure their common security. He continued by writing that the concept of establishing governmental Utopias were but illusions posed by some members of the society, “by the defect of their moral virtue” to control other members of the society. Paine’s words remain true, especially at this time in America. Of course, the original source for this timeless passage is our own Holy Bible. Here are the words of Jesus Christ as captured in Mark 3:24-25: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Liberal/progressive/socialist political leaders abound who will espouse any number of utopian, humanitarian, or social welfare program imaginable. Each of these ‘noble’ causes is for ‘someone’s good’ and that failure to support it will cause someone’s demise. In reality, most of these ‘noble’ causes serve only one purpose, the currying of political favor for the politician supporting the cause. The problem for this house we call a nation, is that social-progressive causes, are always paid for by ‘government money’. The ONLY source for ‘government money’ is the government enforced confiscation of money from the people, in the form of taxes, fees, levies, and fines. Here is where the House divides.
Socialist-progressives frequently rail about the growing disparity of incomes between the ‘haves and the have-nots’. They are quick to point out how ‘unfair’ this is, and how unfair it is that the ‘haves’ don’t pay more. This isn’t the divide that threatens this nation’s house, but it is related. Socialist-progressives have managed to create a house divided roughly in half between those who pay the bills, and those who don’t. In fact, this house is on even shakier footing because the non-payers have the right to vote to force the payers to pay more and are encouraged by socialist-progressive leaders such as President Obama, Governor Perdue, Commissioner Hayes, and board of Education member Tatum to demand even more from them.
Our own Savior, Jesus Christ, used these words in a parable to help Him illustrate the truth he spoke. Thomas Paine used the words of Jesus to describe the division of the British Empire. Senator Sam Houston used the same words to address the impending split of slave states from non-slave states in 1850. And later, Senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln echoed the sentiment that continued division of the house would only lead to its demise. The ‘house divided’ concept is again relevant in America: when the non-payers become the majority and forcibly enslave the minority who pay taxes, this house this nation will again be fully divided and face its fall.