Many people feel that putting the care of the poor in the hands of the federal government was a huge step forward despite the brethren's bold teachings against it at the time. Now what do we see. Rather than caring for the poor, state welfare has become the government's carrot on a stick to manipulate the poor with.
In short, they have made an arrangement:
The poor get the country's wealth, stolen through taxation that isn't intended for genuine purposes of state, but for dangling as a ever growing carrot to control the poor with. In exchange, the liberal politicians get their vote.
They have made an arrangement where the liberal politicians offer the poor the riches of the state if the poor will give them the power of state.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote to a governor the words "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Our nation is being destroyed by a population that depends on the government for it's daily bread. For financial safety they don't care who they put into office. They surrender their liberty for safety.
This completely supplants a free government with a puppet government which is open to the highest bidder. A free government requires a people who care more about who they are electing than who is bidding the most out of the state coffers, or who will take most liberally from the rich and stick it in their pockets.
When bribed votes outnumber votes based on the dictates of conscience then we no longer have a democracy. I don't know what it is called. It becomes a new form of government: tyranny by auction.
This is not a trend an immoral nation is going to reverse, and we will continue to see greater promises from a few to give the wealth of the nation to the many in exchange for the full power of state.
And that is no longer self government.
Such a road can only end at full communism and socialism, as that is the most the elite can offer. As Margaret Thatcher pointed out, "the problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money."
Perhaps then we will finally understand the words of the verse:
D&C 134:2 We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.