A GiN Toast goes to the Clinic With A Heart featured in the September 7 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The seven year old project shows how private citizens, churches, and businesses working together can provide for the needy within their community – without government support.
We applaud the very hard work over the years from those who have built the free clinic from a handful of people to a growing list of volunteers, better facilities, and constant innovation to meet the challenge.
Among the points touched upon in these articles, the author, Linda, discusses how society has changed over time. Unfortunately, we have moved away from our original principles regarding the private provision of charity, resulting in an ever increasing number people dependent upon government. Our system, which is based on self-government, requires personal responsibility. When individuals are in need, the many structures of a civil society including, family, friends, neighbors, churches, businesses, and local organizations can step into help. Once upon time in our country, this was the norm, and there were fewer people requiring assistance on an ongoing basis.
Considering the unsustainable size of government and, most especially, the cost of the welfare programs which currently comprise the lion’s share of the federal budget, tipping the scales at well beyond 50% of annual expenditures, we must restore the civil society and a reliance upon its institutions to provide for those in need.
The Clinic With A Heart provides one example of how it is not a “pie in the sky” idea. We at GiN raise our glasses, proposing a toast to all involved.
Shelli Dawdy is first and foremost the mother of three children whom she has taught at home via the classical method since removing her children from school in 2001. During her early years as a homeschool mother, she worked part-time as a freelance writer. Born and raised in the Iowa, Shelli and her husband moved to the state of South Dakota in 1997, attracted to its more limited government and friendly tax environment. In 2006, Shelli and her family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, when her husband’s employer offered a new position. She took a break from work and politics for a time, recognizing the need to focus solely on her childrens’ schooling with two now of high school age. Distressed by many things she was witnessing on the national political scene and disillusioned about the Republican Party, she decided to start writing again, this time online. Motivated to get involved with others at the grassroots level, she networked with activists on the social media tool, Twitter. She was involved in organizing the first tea party rallies inspired by Rick Santelli’s “rant” on CNBC in February 2009. Recognizing that activism should generate on the local level, she founded Grassroots in Nebraska in March of 2009. The group’s mission is a return to Constitutional, limited government, according to its original meaning. While the group has held several tea party rallies, it’s focus is to take effective action. Among its many projects, GiN successfully coordinated testimony for the hearing of the Nebraska Sovereignty Resolution, networked with other groups to ensure a large show of public support at the hearing, and coordinated follow up support to ensure its passage in April 2010. While working to build up GiN throughout 2009, she was asked to work as writer and producer of the documentary film, A New America, which lays out how Progressivism is responsible for how America has moved away from its Constitutional roots. You can see more of her work on Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) and StubbornFacts