Libertarians Vs. Judeo-Christian Traditions

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One of the great canards Ron Paul Bots and Libertarians like to promote is the staunch individualism of the early my ancestors, those pesky New England settlers were so against hand-outs, and helping those less fortunate.  They like to say how strong they were, building a new nation, thumbing their nose at anyone who needed assistance.

Historian David Hackett Fischer wrote a remarkable book about the early American settlers, Albion’s Seed.  If you have not read it, I recommend it – if you are capable of comprehending something that might upset your little pro-libertarian, pro-“constitution” world-view.

Contrary to the conservative/libertarian revisionism that our Early Settlers were rugged individuals who thumbed their nose at anyone needing help, they may  have been some of the first socialists.  They were sort of a help the community first, then yourself kind of survivor.  They realized the only way they could survive was for full co-operation.  A marginal community settling a brave new world cannot go off half-cocked like idiot libertarians do, demanding total freedom of individual activities.  Everyone would die.  They did quite a bit to help kids who were in need.

Where do you think liberals came from, anyway – they came out of the Puritan culture of New England!

CAN CHRISTIANS BE LIBERTARIANS?

Is it possible for someone who embraces libertarian ideals even give lip service to Judeo-Christian traditions?  The Pink Flamingo thinks true “libertarian” principles are completely alien to the practice of being a Christian and following the teachings of charity, human decency, and the fact that we are our “brother’s keeper”.

The Pink Flamingo asks, because currently the far right libertarian bunch is doing some sort of orgasmic dance of glee because SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer

“...But with such hardcore anti-moocher sentiments, seemingly straight out of an Ayn Rand novel, Bauer may instantly become the same sort of hero as Sanford has been, at least to libertarians on the hard right. One has to wonder, even if they weren’t pals, if at some point Bauer was influenced by his boss’s hardline libertarian beliefs. …”

Bauer used the cruelty taught to him by his grandmother, who obviously did not like animals as proof we should not be helping hungry children.

“…“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better,” Bauer said….”

Now I know what The Pink Flamingo’s problem is.  I feed every stray cat in the neighborhood.  They live in my carport in boxes I’ve lined with a very good, nearly new thermal blanket that I cut apart to keep them warm.  The whole complex cares for them.  We have no mice, snakes, rats, or nasty little critters other than a few misc. skunks.

Bauer then compared needy children to stray animals, delighting the hearts of libertarians everywhere.  He is also ignoring the fact that SC currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

“…In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
Bauer’s remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn’t pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches….”

He further proved what an idiot he is with this statement:

“…Later in his speech, Bauer said, “I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina,” adding, “You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period….”

SC Blog – Voting Under the Influence has a great commentary about Bauer’s speech.

Evidently a person cannot be a libertarian and be a follower of Christ.

Try Matthew 25:

34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.41Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

CHRIST’S REQUIREMENT

I am not saying that we are to steal from the rich to give to the poor.  I do not approve of rank government hand-outs, but there is a time and a place where people need help.

I wonder if the good libertarians who are leaving such nasty comments about the poor have ever stopped to help a child who was hungry.   In fact, the reason The Pink Flamingo changed opinions about immigration reform is after one Sunday during a church luncheon when a woman walked into our parish hall surrounded by a half dozen little children.  She was here illegally, searching for her husband.  She spoke no English, but her children were so hungry she was risking detention and permanent separation from her husband to ask for food.

Try looking into the face of a very hungry child and call the Border Patrol.  The lesson of Matthew 25 is we are to feed that woman.  I am pleased to say, without a word being spoken, the whole group of over 100 people began packing up food, frying up burger, wrapping things, putting a huge meal together for them.  One of our priests went down to Allseps and purchased several gallons of milk, juice and cereal.  One of our other priests was fluent in Spanish and managed to get her story.  A good Republican who once worked in the Reagan White House, he assured her no one would call the authorities.

At least twenty-five people followed she and her family across the parking lot to the little trailer where they were living.  For the next month members of our parish would take food to them – then they disappeared.

I don’t know about the Libertarian Republicans, but I live in a community where there is a tremendous amount of poverty.  I do not approve of free lunches for kids who do not need it, but where I live, there is a tremendous amount of need.  I would rather my tax dollars go there than to pay for Ron Paul’s upkeep and his office staff.

NO FREE LUNCH CANARD

There is, rightfully, a problem with schools trying to push their free lunch problems.  This is NOT a discussion about that, and the abject mockery liberal administrators are creating.  This is a discussion about helping kids who truly need it.  My father, who is 85, said free milk tickets were given to all the kids in his Minneapolis school during the Depression.

In communities where there is compassion, children in need have always been assisted.  The cynic in The Pink Flamingo says you cannot rely on individual charity because of people like libertarians who think every tub should stand on its own bottom.

There are times when we need government charity and welfare.


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