"Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction,
but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch."
James Baldwin
(1924-1987) Novelist, Essayist, and Playwright
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What greater crutch is there than government? Hail! the new defacto God!
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Welfare is a crutch from which people should be divested.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    The greatest crutch ever has been religion. Until human beings can learn to rely on their own minds and reason the greater ethics of the simple Golden Rule will forever be ignored.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Religion may be a crutch, but the Bible indicates, in James, I believe, that the "only religion acceptable to God" is to look after the widows and orphans. Therefore, who defined religion in the way it is here being used. Government there always will be, not as a crutch but as an agent of God to protect the weak and punish wrongdoers.
     -- David L. Rosenthal , Hollywood     
     -- warren, olathe      

         Marx wrote; “religion is the opium of the people”. He thereafter weaponized socialism in the form of a religion so as to make such addictive crutch greater than other habitual compulsions and afflictions (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.). Religion is; “Real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to ⋯ our fellow men.” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) By way of religious application, most religions genuflect in obedience to the demonic presence of socialism.

          Faith, charity, etc. are innate fidelities within the “joint heirs with Christ”. Counterfeits to said inalienable components may also equally manifest. By example; “Many will say to Me in that Day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name have cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, ‘Ye never knew me: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’” (Matt. 7:22-23)

         “Law” has a broad nomenclature that divides into multiple political / religious philosophies, rendering many temporal images, understandings, mental aberrations, systems and differing exercises. Law’s authoritative source helps define subsequent philosophical applications as well as the applied systems (inclusive of systems of justice). By example:

    1) “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” (Declaration of Independence {a phrase at natural law nomenclature}, animates an umbrella of that which is eternal and absolute in nature} natural law). Said natural law is infinite and unwavering. Nature’s law(s) is/are native to each element, recognized as categorical rules understood through assessable proficiencies such as gravity, physics, math, life, liberty and property (an Iroquois Federation measure, the constitutional law of the land ).
    2) Legal Positivism; Legal Positivism is arbitrary, “An arbitrary law is one made by the legislator simply because he wills it, and is not founded in the nature of things;” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) – Legal Positivism is most often “used in opposition to natural law” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary).
    3) Legal Realism; Legal Realism is arbitrary and habitually time/situation fleeting, instituted by any source, at any time regardless of natural law or legal positivism (executive, judicial, personal, etc.).
    4) etc.

         Faith, charity, etc. are a foundation of “the laws of nature”. Religion is an expression at legal positivism is/may or is/may not be an accurate depiction of rights, liberty, afflictions or crutches.

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has converted afflictions and wrongs into a crutch obscuring truth, individual sovereignty, inalienable rights, liberty, "the laws of nature and of nature's God" (Declaration of Independence) and justice.

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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