How to teach children about socialism
Ronald Reagan "The little red hen"
Just the other day after I came home from a long day of work, the family was sitting around the table getting ready to eat our dinner. There we sat enjoying a fine meal that had been blessed by the family and carefully prepared by my loving wife. We thoroughly enjoyed the presence of each other and engaged in pleasant conversation. Near the end of the meal one of my children asked me what socialism is, to which I replied I would explain after dinner. By the end of the meal I noticed that I had the attention of all four of my daughters who were eagerly awaiting an explanation.
As soon as I was ready I told my oldest daughter Zoe to bring me her piggy bank and give it to me. I had all of the kids gathered around the table and poured out all of the money that she had earned from doing chores onto the table.
"Now, I will play the politician", I said. "And you all will be the voters."
I then took fifteen dollars out of the pile and one by one handed a five dollar bill to each of Zoe's siblings telling them that if they would vote for me I would give it to them. Then we voted and all of the kids voted for me, except of course for that greedy racist little Zoe who was very upset that I had taken her hard earned money away.
Zoe had come to the conclusion that socialism is nothing more than stealing.
So I was speaking to my wife about a cousin of mine who somehow gets money for doing absolutely nothing. On top of that he has a problem with spending money on things that he can not afford.
My compassionate daughter asked if there was a way that she could help him. This is what I said, "I admire your willingness to help my cousin and I think that would be a wonderful thing. If you would like, you can spend the week doing chores, cleaning the rooms, washing the dishes, vacuuming the carpet, raking the lawn, taking out the trash, and so on. Then at the end of the week I will give you ten dollars."
Unfortunately the things that my cousin likes to buy for his own entertainment cost much more than ten dollars and I explained that she would have to do this continually for at least a year, to which she replied, "Why doesn't he just find a way to get his own money?" Welcome to the world of conservatism!
It didn't stop there though. She then added that if she did decide to give him the money he would have to say thank you. But I had to explain to her that most people on welfare do not say thank you. Quite the opposite really. In fact they demand the money because they think they deserve it.
Kids are smart people, they are untainted by societal apathy, and are naturally charitable. But there is a big lesson to be learned when it comes to teaching them the difference between charity and stealing.