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Americans Are Exceptional At Giving Back

Christopher Harris

Sacrificing for a goal never comes easy. Just ask Stefun Darts, the 24-year-old Texas college student who surprised his grandparents by saving up $15,000 to pay off their mortgage. For six years, Darts lived a frugal life opting for microwave dinners instead of eating out, not buying new clothes, and choosing not to hang out with friends. All because he made a promise to God when he was in 2nd grade, a promise to pay off his grandparent’s mortgage. It’s a pretty amazing story for sure.

Stefun’s story is very similar to the story of Sean Cooper. Cooper is the 30-year-old Canadian that paid off $255,000 worth of mortgage debt last December in just 3 years. Cooper’s drive for financial freedom began when he was a kid growing up in a single parent home. He watched his mother struggle to pay her mortgage after she lost her job following the dotcom crash in the early 2000s. Sean vowed that he would never fall victim to the same situation as his mom. There are many people like Sean who come from a single parent background and were able to change their socioeconomic status through the use of conservative principles of hard work, individual responsibility, and a will-do attitude as opposed to a victim mentality.

Young Man Carrying Old Man - Rafael

‘Young ManYoung Man Carrying Old Man on His Back’, c. 1514, by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known simply as Raphael

Stefun was able to achieve his goal without the help of government intervention. He relied on his faith in God, the love and guidance that comes from a two-parent household, and his individual will to reach his goal by any means necessary. We live in a country where you can chose to live off of pizza in an effort to save $15,000. I’m not at all surprised by stories like these because this is why America is exceptional. There are countless stories of immigrants who come to America virtually penniless and work their butts off to make a better life for themselves and their families. The 2014 list of the Forbes 400 richest Americans included 41 fortunes (10.25%) created by immigrants to this country, many of whom came here virtually penniless.

You don’t have to come from a wealthy family in order to change your financial circumstances nor to be generous. Charity begins at home.

Charity - Entitlements

True Conservatives reject the idea that charity comes by way of the government. As a Christian Conservative, I understand that it is my biblical responsibility to take care of my family. As the scriptures teach in 1 Timothy 5:8 (NAS), “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and his worse than an unbeliever. Americans in general, and Unhyphenated Americans in particular, are exceptional at giving back as we are one of the most giving nations. We just prefer to be the ones being generous without the coercion of the government.





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