Never let the “center-left” frauds get away with pretending their support for statism is about “compassion” for the poor. They may mean to be nicer rulers in their own view, but they do mean to rule. Exhibit A: “Houston permit rule stops couple’s effort to feed homeless”
Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.
I’m reminded of Harry Browne’s old story about the guy who broke another man’s legs and then handed him a pair of crutches and said “See, if it wasn’t for me then you wouldn’t be able to walk!”
As one commenter on Facebook noted, “The kind of ‘compassion’ the centre-left has for people is the same kind of ‘compassion’ the farmer has by providing his cattle with hay and a barn.”
The point is that if our glorious overlords were to just let us go around helping each other willy-nilly, we might figure out that we don’t need them.