Monday, 16 December 2013

Wenceslas, Conservative Icon.

King Wenceslas distributed his own goods to help the poor.  He didn't send Social Services but went in person when it was inconvenient and cold.  He didn't wait to be begged, bullied or taxed but was on the lookout for opportunities to help.  Having a heart for the poor is a personal choice, not a government policy. Your heart is the engine. Policy is just the caboose.

His skull still venerated by Czechs.

I take another lesson from the sainted King.  His support staff was small, his security footprint almost invisible. Instead of a cabinet and a limo with armed motorcycle cops, he did his work with one able-bodied page. Smaller government tends to be better government.

Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”  “Sire, he lives a good league hence...
“Bring me food and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither, You and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither.” Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together, Through the cold wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather. ..Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing, You who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing.

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