This might strike you as strange, but I think the fact that individual donations to liberal organizations, including Planned Parenthood, are increasing is great news. Not because I support these organizations and want them to have funds to carry out their objectives; I don’t. However, the increase in donations reflects a fear that government funds (a.k.a as money confiscated from taxpayers) will be less available under a Trump administration. I hope those fears are justified.
On this issue, I lean libertarian. I don’t want to see funds moved from liberal organizations to conservative ones. I want to see funding in general cut back. I resent the National Endowment for the Arts using tax money to promote artwork that ridicules and insults Christianity such as the monstrosity known as Piss Christ, but I have no desire for the government to fund pro-Christian art or art that denigrates atheists. How about leaving funding to private individuals or, if they choose, local governments?
The United States of America is deeply divided morally and culturally. There are organizations that support women through pregnancies and help them with adoptions if desired, and there are organizations that encourage and provide abortion, such as Planned Parenthood. There are groups that encourage fluency in English and those that demand that workplaces and government offices cater to all languages. Some Americans care passionately about carpooling and others about hunting. You can pretty much find a group to support anything from the most picayune to the most profound. By definition, the government picking and choosing what to support means siding with some citizens against others and, too frequently, imposing one group’s values on another group’s pocketbook.
Much of the government’s byzantine structure, with all the inefficiency, corruption and waste that engenders needs to be swept away. Donald Trump’s promise to ‘drain the swamp,’ reflects that, but it is easy to drown in the swamp while trying to do clear it. I worry that Republican and conservative politicians and organizations will make the mistake of building in the muck rather than cleaning it out. Some are already entrenched in the slime.
Have donations to liberal-leaning organizations been increasing? I would be happy to exchange people reaching into the wallets of their fellow citizens for those reaching into their own wallets. We might even find ourselves talking to each other, discussing and debating our ideas, if the government’s role ended. That would benefit us all.