The system whereby the government undertakes protecting the health and well being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits is the welfare state. Here in the United States, the New Deal programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the foundations for the modern welfare state we have today. At present there are 100 million Americans receiving some form of government aid—aid that must be paid for by the producers in society.
It is the strangest dysmorphic transformation of any holiday in history. The day that overthrew a government, July 4, 1776, now celebrates the power of a government that is far more vast, predatory and imperialist than the one overthrown. Not only is the real meaning of Independence Day forgotten; it has been turned on its head.