The Myths of Liberalism and the Democratic Party Regarding Greed
I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read “Republicans care about rich people. Democrats care about everyone. Vote for Democrats.” I am not necessarily a republican or a democrat; I am a libertarian that leans to the right. The politicians I support are libertarian Republicans such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin. To me, liberalism and the Democratic Party go hand in hand supporting big, progressive government. On the other hand, conservatism and the traditional Republican Party go hand in hand with smaller government and personal freedoms. Please note that I do not consider politicians such as John McCain and Lindsay Graham to be conservative, let alone Republican; in all reality, they are big government progressive RINOs.
Considering the simplest breakdown of left vs. right, how can a logical, sane person come to the conclusion that the right only cares about the rich? True conservatives and libertarians care about the freedoms of everyone; not just the rich. Sure, we want the rich to be able to keep their money out of the hands of the government, but the same goes for the (dwindling) middle class and the poor. I think everyone should be able to decide what to do with their money, their lives, and their choices.
According to most progressives, republicans are greedy, oppressive, old, racist white men that give two shits about minorities, the poor, and the ability of people to make choices. This idea sounds like it came right from Saul Alinsky. Alinsky was a big proponent of accusing the opposition of your own shortcomings.
Let’s take a look at one of the most common characteristics of liberals that they often attribute to their opponents:
Being rich and only caring about the rich. According to the Huffington Post, one of the most liberal “news” sites available, 7 out of 10 of the richest members of Congress are DEMOCRATS. Further, a majority of the wealthiest districts are represented by democrats, and half of America’s richest households live in states where both senators are democrats. But I guess that because they support keeping the poor down by entitlements, that they “care” about the poor. If they cared about the poor, they would empower them, not enable and pander them. After all, “You can give a man a fish. Or you can teach him to fish.”
The reason why liberals love welfare so much is because it buys them votes from those who receive welfare. Of course they don’t support welfare with their own money, it comes from “other people’s money”, one of communism/socialism’s favorite terms. Being able to “buy” votes with taxpayers’ money is dangerous to a constitutional republic. Just ask Alexis de Tocqueville, who famously said “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
Being greedy. Liberals often accuse conservatives/republicans of being greedy. I think we could all agree that a measure of selflessness would be charitable donations. As it turns out, republicans are much more generous than democrats. According to ABC News, of the top 25 states that give an above average percent of their income to charity, 24 were red (republican) states in the last presidential election.
In the words of Washington State Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett, “The belief that liberals care more about the poor may scratch a partisan or ideological itch, but the facts are hostile witnesses.”
According to Arthur C. Brooks, a social scientist/professor at Syracuse University (who is a registered independent):
-Liberals earn 6% more than conservatives, on average
-Conservatives donate more time than liberals
-Conservatives donate more blood than liberals
-People who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.
Regardless of what liberals accuse you of, just remember that the facts back you up. The only “giving” that most liberals do is with other people’s money. True Americans have a kind heart and will help others when they can. We do not need to be forced to “share” by stealing from our paychecks and redistributing to welfare recipients. I gave 4% of my salary last year to charity, directly from each pay check. (And I am by no means “rich”.) Is that something most liberals would do?