Greed and Jesus: The Republican Perversion of Faith

bibleWhen it comes to Republicans, it seems many of them suffer from cognitive dissonance.

You see, cognitive dissonance is a person’s brain trying to decipher two contradicting realities. An example of this is often seen in an abusive relationship.  Reality obviously shows abuse, yet the person being abused often creates some alternate form of reality where abuse equates to love.

Often their brain will then develop excuses for such action.  It’s their fault or the abuser has their reasons for the abuse.  The reality is their brain simply cannot accept two different realities that contradict, so it creates another.

This is never more prevalent than when it comes to Republicans and Christianity.  Their “Christian faith” is a foundation for which their entire political party is based, yet their entire economic ideology contradicts the teachings of Jesus Christ—you know, that key figure in Christianity.

Their entire economic policy states that we need to give those who have the most more and the rest of us will benefit from their windfall of new riches.

Let that sink in for a second…

An economic policy based upon this notion: If we feed greed, it will then benefit the rest of society.

When has greed ever benefited a society?


But let’s take a look at what the Bible does say about greed:

“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

It becomes a driving obsession to acquire still more. Once the acquiring has happened, then comes the need to protect what has been acquired. This is selfishness and it is sin. (Ecclesiastes 4:8)

Once the greed-driven have acquired and protected, they begin to covet. They are not satisfied with all they have; their eye is on all that they don’t have. (Luke 12:15)

This coveting begets more greed, the greed begets more selfishness, and the selfishness begets more coveting and so on to madness. “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.” (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

By this point, there is no room left in for God. Money is now the master of the house. (Matthew 6:24)

Seems pretty straight forward.  Greed is perpetual.  The more one has, often the more they want.  Isn’t that exactly what we’ve seen in the past 30 years?  Isn’t this what Trickle Down Economics has given us?  In the past 30 years the top 1-5% has grown exponentially, never more so than in the last decade.  Yet what has it brought us?  Economic failure not seen in over 80 years.

Millionaires crying out they need more.  To save our economy they must have—more.  Many of these same businesses that proved in the 90′s, with higher taxes, that they could experience historic economic growth now claim that higher taxes destroy growth.  They now claim economic prosperity isn’t obtainable at “job destroying” levels of taxation like we had in the 90’s—when we had historic economic growth.

The fact is, they’re right.  Their economic prosperity of perpetual greed cannot be sustained at a higher level of taxation.  The more we feed into this myth of Trickle Down Economics, the more they expect in order to expand their greedy nature.  To raise their taxes would mean their giant profits would probably be taken down to just, well—big profits.

This isn’t about these businesses making profits — they can easily do that — what they want are larger profits.  What they had in the 90′s is no longer acceptable, they want more.

Of course it’s impossible to return to the very same tax rates that brought us the best economic growth in our history, because then their greed would have to return to a lower level.  Then as the Bible says, greed is perpetual—it’s never ending.  We gave them more, and now their solution to fix our problems?  You guessed it, they want even more.

Isn’t that exactly what the Bible warns will happen?  Did we not have wealthy Americans in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s?

The answer is yes, they just weren’t as wealthy.  Trickle Down Economics was the catalyst for the acceptance of greed.  It gave those with the most more and any mention of taking it back is met with a horrific depictions of economic Armageddon.

Does it make any sense?  Why would we face economic disaster by returning to tax rates that had no problem making millions of Americans very rich?

The answer is simple—greed.

We gave them easy access to reach levels of unheard wealth.  We allowed them to see year to year profit as insufficient—they want larger profits.  Success for this year is based on beating the success of last and success for next year will be based on beating the success from this year.  As the Bible says, it is perpetual—it’s never ending.

This model is unsustainable in a healthy society.

Jesus warned that the love of money is the root of all evil.  The Bible states that greed leads to madness.  Yet here we sit, with one of the two most powerful political parties — in the most powerful nation on earth — saying we need to support that madness or else face economic destruction.

And there you have it, cognitive dissonance.  The reality is exactly what the Bible said would happen, did happen.  Yet their political ideology completely contradicts the realities we’ve seen and the Bible supports.  They preach Christian values at the same time they advocate a policy that says giving into greed will benefit our society.  The human brain simply can’t handle two conflicting realities, so for many Republicans it has created one of its own.

The more we allowed the wealthy to have, the more they asked us to give.  We did this at the detriment of our economy.  If Trickle Down Economics works, shouldn’t their success and our success mirror one another?  As they gain, we gain.  However, that isn’t what happened.  The more they’ve gained, the more they wanted, and the more they took it from everyone else.

Think of a small 12 foot fishing boat.  If weight is equally dispersed, it’ll stay buoyant and afloat.  But what if the weight shifts greatly to one side or the other, what happens?  The boat becomes unstable.  Now imagine if suddenly 98% of the weight is shifted to one side, what would happen? Simple — the boat will suffer sudden instability, capsize, then sink.  As our nation’s wealth rushed to the top 2% in the past decade, that’s exactly what happened — our “boat” capsized then sunk.

Does this contradiction between faith and political ideology suggest that they believe Jesus supported greed?  It sure seems like it.  So far they believe him to have been a man who would have judged homosexuals, condemned women, and considered the poor as lazy moochers seeking a handout.  So why not perpetuate the belief that he would have supported greed?  Don’t let scripture in the Bible sway your views, it’s much easier to simply allow yourself to give into, and concoct, a delusional reality.

What Republicans have done is a complete distortion of the Christian faith.  Their version of Jesus doesn’t even fit into the very nature of what he lived and died for.  Every economic stance they support benefits the wealthy.

What Republicans claim to follow isn’t Christianity, and it sure isn’t the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Christianity is a faith that states:

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”

Meaning those who have the means to make a difference, should, and should do so unselfishly.

Yet, to a Republican this is socialism and it is un-American.

But isn’t Christianity about giving, loving and helping those who cannot help themselves?

These are the principles I live by as a Christian.

But I’m a Democrat.  You know, the party that lacks faith.  Lacks morals.  Envies the rich.  You know all of that rhetoric the “good Christian” Republicans tell people we are—even though none of it is true.

Yet there they sit, a walking contradiction.  A party who supports faith in God above anything and policies that favor greed over everything.

Jesus Christ, whether you believe in him or not, is a man we should all strive to be more like.  Because even if you don’t believe in Jesus, you can believe in what he symbolizes.  He’s a symbol for what humanity should represent.  A man who didn’t judge.  Who stood for those who couldn’t stand for themselves.  Who never felt slighted or that life was unfair.  Who was wary of people who spoke of God on their lips but lacked true faith in their hearts.  A man who embraced everyone, even those who disagreed with him.  A man who personified what we should be as people.  Not just Christians—but people.  Because while I understand Christianity is polarizing, the values for which Jesus Christ symbolizes should be transcendent to everyone of any faith–or no faith at all.  They’re values of humankind, not just a singular faith.

As far as Republicans go, who knows what they worship?  If the policies they support are a reflection of their faith, it sure as hell isn’t Christianity and it damn sure isn’t the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • jeff

    When has greed ever benefited a society? – when has perpetual handouts benefited society? When has the dumbing down of standards in education and societal expectations benefited society. Greed works both ways. Everyone has greed. The rich want more but they are willing to earn it. Your vaunted poor want more of someone elses money and they try to elect the politicians to give it to them without the work.

    • Social Security, Medicare…two programs set up for “perpetual handouts” (though WE pay for them). Same goes for, oh you know, public roads, traffic lights, public schools, clean drinking water, our military.

      The way you ignorantly talk about the poor shows you’ve never been. Most poor people are worried about trying to live day to day, not about how much “free stuff” they can get.

      And don’t give me these nonsense about the rich “earning it”. Life is about who you know, which is often a matter of what family you’re born into, more than hard work. The world is full of very smart poor or middle class people and loaded with dumb rich people.

      But again, your ignorance shows you know nothing of which you’re speaking.

      And for the record, most states that vote for Democrats are among the leaders in education where almost every “strongly Republican” state ranks near the bottom. And for the record, if we invested more money into education (not less as you seem to support by your stance on people just wanting free stuff) then we could pay teachers a level which would lure more quality educators to those jobs that would then raise the level of education being taught. It’s insane to say we place so much importance on our education, while paying teachers often no more than $50K per year.

      As far as society expectations, I will agree with you to a point there. As a society we’re becoming too political correct and afraid to tell the sometimes harsh truth to some people.

      • Patrick

        You speak the truth brother. Working hard alone does not make you a wealthy person. I have seen plenty of people with wealth who are as ignorant as a brick wall. It reminds me of when as a teenager working at a min. wage job and some immigrant teens laughing about how they don’t have to pay taxes for a number of years and how stupid our government is for allowing this. Treating American people that way….

      • Doc Marten

        As George Carlin used to say, it’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

      • k robb

        Greed and need are not the same.

      • Rebecca N.

        I know of many teachers that would kill for $50k. In my neck of the woods, it’s closer to 30….

    • Melania Gulley

      your reply is exactly what I expect from someone who is either priviliged or just doesn’t know any poor who actually work for a living sometimes 2 or 3 jobs and still can not get by.. your arrogance also show you know nothing of reality or Christianity . I am no Christian . I am actually Atheist and its the so -called Christians I have known throughout my life who have convinced me just how wrong and self-important they feel themselves to be . I was not always Atheist. I have been many denominations but people like you have convinced me most Christians are poisonous , arrogant and self-serving

      • Tommy McLemore

        Well said, we’re in the same boat. Good luck mate.

    • Your crazy idea that the poor just want more handouts is nothing more than your ignorance of the poor. Most poor people work and not just one job, but two or more. Low wages are the problem. We the poor know this. BTW we like to work thankful employers. We work very hard at the jobs we have, and those that don’t go by the saying, “you get what you pay for.” People with disposable income in their pockets will spend on things their family need and believe me they need a lot.

    • gene

      So, it’s OK to give perpetual handouts to the ultra-rich, like we’ve been doing the last decade thanks in large part to GWB’s tax cuts that decimated the budget surplus we used to have? I hear a constant caterwaul from the top 1% that they’re being crushed by the enormous tax burden imposed on them — but the evidence shows (and you can find it EVERYWHERE) that their wealth has increased EXPONENTIALLY while everyone else’s has gone down. So based on your comments, I am assuming you are against all the corporate tax handouts and the wealthy investor handouts — and even the homeowner debt handouts?

    • William K Ferro

      Willing to earn it? Really? Most truly wealthy people make most of their money more from capital gains than from compensated labor. More often than not, they inherit those capital gains opportunities, and then pass them on to their own children. There’s a whole lot of exploitation going on here as well: the super-rich often become that way (and remain that way by exploiting the labor of actual working stiffs. Your premise is flawed.

    • emmeeadora

      “The rich want more but they are willing to earn it” – how? How do the rich earn it? How do the rich work harder than the poor? Do the rich work 16 hours a day 6 days a week at their two low-wage jobs? I have an MSN, I’ve worked in health care over 30 years, my late partner was a physician who was in private practice 25 years & was a physician executive for 15 years before he died in 2005 – we were very well off, some might have concidered us rich & we knew plenty of “rich” people – but we never knew a single rich person who worked harder than the working poor. The rich have opportunities given them that the poor never will, the rich have doors opened for them – not because they’re hard workers or better people, but because they are rich – period. There have been very comprehensive studies done over the last 50 years that have proven that the American Dream is just that – a dream, a myth really. People in the U.S.actually have less upward mobility than their European counterparts, that hard truth is this – if you are born poor in the U.S., you are more likely than not to stay that way no matter how hard you work. The # 1 factor that determines whether a child will rise up the socioeconomic ladder is parental wealth. Parental wealth is also the #1 indicator in determining if a child will fall down the socioeconomic ladder – meaning no matter how badly you screw up, your parents wealth will keep you from the poor house. Yes, there have been exceptions – but those are the exceptions to the rule – the outliers. So don’t give me “the rich are willing to work for it” crap. There are millions of very hard working poor!

  • Thomas Wargo

    The author is absolutely correct, in his article and response to Jeff. Jeff doesn’t know any poor people with kids–in fact, the largest group poor people are white kids. How does one get out of poverty when there are very few jobs and the minimum wage is sh!t? YOU TRY IT. Your comment about the Rich earning their money because they are willing to work for it, as opposed to the poor, demonstrates your lack of understanding of reality and your own lack of empathy. You see the poor the way you do for what reason–because you know a welfare cheat? Because you are philosophically against “rewarding” those who have one way or another been screwed? You apparently have never been down on your luck–lost your job, had such low wages that you had no resources to fall back on. . . ever lived in a car? Ever thought much about the kids who do? You sound like the kind of person I really don’t want to know. . .

  • Amy

    This pretty much nails it, IMO:

    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it. ~ Stephen Colbert

    • Donna Bergman

      I agree with Amy. I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, who is the son of the living God. Jesus taught we are to love our neighbors (all other people) as ourselves. We are to share what we have with them, serve the needy, minister to the poor, homeless, feed the hungry, The Republicans/Tea Party people who profess to be such good Christian people are like the Pharisees (wealthy) of Jesus’ time. They pretend to be to be SO religious, observing all the religious laws, rituals and customs of religion, but actually only love their positions and money. They are HYPOCRITES! Anyone who loves their money more than God is a hypocrite! And will never enter the kingdom of Heaven, unless they repent of their sin of greed, selfishness and deceit! The Republicans and Tea Party people have become blinded by their greed, selfishness and are power-mad as well! That’s what sin does to people. In the Bible, in Timothy, it says: “the LOVE of money is the ROOT of all evil”! This is as true today as it was 2000 years ago. Maybe even more so. Now these wealthy are operating under the guise of “religion”, to promote their own practices and justify their selfishness in keeping their hoards of money to themselves! They have hearts to stone, and choose not to hear the cries of hungry children, the poor, the homeless, the destitute in this nation. They always need more and more money, because nothing else satisfies them! They ONLY love their money! This is why our nation is in the situation it is. Because the top 1% love their money more than anything else, and this has put the 99% into the ones who are fast becoming a poverty class.

      • Ngoldwe

        They are Dominionists, what else can you expect? Their goal is to bring down our democracy and replace it with a Christian theocracy. So far they are doing a damn fair job of it: took over the Republican Party and stacked the judiciary even up to the Supreme Court, infested our military (check out the Military Religious Freedom Foundation webpage), gutted the Voting Rights Act, and are heavily funded by corporate plutocrats such as the Koch Brothers. I have been reading Dominionist writings and info about them and have been connecting all the dots, and we as American Citizens face nothing less than the overthrow of our government and the end of our Republic by these seditionist pieces of shit. Dominionists are not your friend. If they cannot convert you to their brand of Christianity after they gain total power and control over America they will kill you. They quote Levitical Law to back that up. There is no room for this Atheist in their wet dream for a United States of Jesus, and I am afraid Donna that you will never be Christian enough for them. Does not matter who you are, Jew gentile, Christian, Atheist, Hindu, pagan, black, white, whatever: if you are not a fellow Dominionist that accepts their Jesus, you are not human and should never be allowed to live. They view this as a war, and this is how they are conducting it. It is truly uncanny how similar the conditions that our country is going through is to Weimar Germany, and the Conservative Right-Wing Dominionists are Americas version of the Nazis.

        We are all in danger folks, time to wake up look around us, be aware, and aggressively confront the threat of Dominionism by bringing this war to them.

      • dsadlowski

        Here is More on the American Christ-o Fascist movement is what they are.

        Reconstructionists believe that there are three main areas of governance:

        family government,

        church government,

        and civil government.

        Under Juedo- Christian God’s covenant, the nuclear family is the basic unit. The husband is the head of the family, and wife and children are “in submission” to him. In turn, the husband “submits” to Jesus and to God’s laws as detailed in the Old Testament. The church has its own ecclesiastical structure and governance. Civil government exists to implement God’s laws. All three institutions are under Biblical Law, the implementation of which is called “theonomy.”

        They believe we are the created by God ” BEACON ON THE HILL” to dominate the world

        Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

        Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

        Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.

        More of this movement to destroy our democracy.

        http://www.publiceye.org/christian_right/dominionism.htm

      • dsadlowski

        Yet apparently there are not many of you.

        You are Complacent or believe the things they do.

        Much like the Good Catholics who followed Germany over that cliff almost a century ago.

  • chris

    To be absolutely clear I am very liberal, I strongly believe in a single-payer health system and I do not identify as a Christian. That all said I think your article is simplistic and creates a false argument.

    1. There are rich people Republicans who could care less about Christianity but use it as a tool of manipulation
    2. Believing in charity and helping doesn’t mean you should support a government system. Many liberals mistakenly think that Jesus would be all for a government-based health system or even politics in general.
    3. Cognitive dissonance is not simply about creating an alternate reality. It is about finding harmony in the face of conflicting views. That could be by reducing the credibility of a certain idea or changing your views. I think using evolution and science vs. Christianity is a better example of CD. Fundamentalist Christians reduce the validity of science and thus this gives an opening for their beliefs.
    4. Most importantly, I think the Christian argument is about “free will” vs. external determinism. Many Liberals like myself believe that social factors are the major determinants of someone’s behavior and the creating social support systems is proven to increase people’s well-being.
    5. Lastly, for Christians Jesus is a or god the son of god. So some do not think they need to be like him. They see it as an impossibility.

    • Bill

      None of your reply demonstrates a “false argument”, nor does it demonstrate any oversimplification. Keep the forum-warrior jargon to the gaming forums.

      • Tommy McLemore

        @Bill says _What are you talking about?

      • chris

        Bill, I have to disagree with you. The concept of cog dis was definitely over simplified, creating an alternate reality is a only one possible way to reduce the dissonance. I think I could have more clear in my illustration of the author’s The false argument but it still exists. The author’s false argument is the presumption that if you are for Jesus you should be for government safety nets. There is no way to know what Jesus would do. I think this type of argument is false and easily dismissed.

        and I will not be posting on this site any more. I guess it is more like what Tim said, solidarity and not intelligence. 🙁

        I haven’t played a video game in decades. I guess this site isn’t for open discussion???

      • Keith D.

        Don’t be manipulative Chris. Your point about over-simplification of cognitive dissonance is valid– a clarification of what you meant was all that was necessary.

        Giving up on an entire site just because a few people throw stones means giving up on your ideas being seen by any who silently don’t disagree, or who are looking for more than one point of view in forming their own opinions. If your ideas or opinions matter to you, then keep them. If you believe others can benefit by hearing them, then share them. If some people don’t like it, that isn’t your problem and should have no influence on any of the above. On the other hand, if agreement with your point of view is what you’re looking for, or an ego-boost is what you seek, then you’re probably right to seek that elsewhere.

        I personally don’t think that’s your intent, or at least not all of your intent, so I think it’s silly to waste the opportunity to reach those most likely to hear you out over the issue. Let it be like water off a duck’s back and stand up and be who you want to be and create what you want to create. Throwing in the towel is just an emotional overreaction that doesn’t serve you in the long run. Shake it off and get back to doing what’s really important to you.

    • Tim

      Chris, I’m a liberal too and I have to say it, I’m sick of you extremist types making the rest of us look bad. Here you have someone who’s trying to help us liberals combat the evil forces we face everyday and all you can do is criticize them in a fitful nerd-rage. I agree with Bill, keep the “trolling” to gaming forums and STOP fighting everyone about EVERYTHING. We need to unite and work together, not argue about semantics and slightly differing philosophy’s. So could you please… PLEASE….. consider working together with your fellow liberals so that we can end this hellish “gauntlet” we’ve been thrown into?!

      … Thank you..

      • Chris

        Group think was the downfall of conservatives and it will be of closed minded democrats. Why fall into the same methodology that they are using Tim? We will win!

      • Tim

        First off, group thinking and unity are 2 completely different things. Secondly, most people, (including conservatives and liberals) disagree with each other, on many things and lack true unity (not the americanized version of being a unionized nation) and lastly you should read the article above, clearly not all democrats are closed minded, particularly the one who wrote this article. Maybe you should open your mind more yourself and try working with someone who’s completely different from you. you’ll see much better results

    • Keith D.

      I only have a response to your #2 above.

      I’m a “little-L” libertarian myself, and I’d LOVE for private, voluntary charity to provide for those in need.

      The reason that as a libertarian I support government social welfare programs is because the private sector has NEVER provided adequately for those in need and it likely never will. For anyone who wants to end government welfare, get the private sector to voluntarily handle the job adequately first. Until then– and I can only speak for myself– I will NEVER hold my ideology as being above the people for whom that ideology is supposed to benefit. In other words, so long as my ideology doesn’t get the job done, the people come first and my ideology comes second.

      • clr1390

        Voluntarily? Yep, if a tax cut or something that benefits them is the only way the private sector takes hold. Good one!!!!

  • Lori

    I don’t understand how wealthy people can say they work for their wealth. Do they not employ workers who contribute to their wealth. Do these workers not work hard for less money than their employers make? Naturally, the person who takes the risk should expect a return. However employers also perpetuate poverty by paying the lowest possible wages, and when that is too much they export jobs to other countries where the most appalling working conditions exist. In such situations, the rich are not creating more or better goods and services. They create a perceived need for expensive goods for which the production costs are negligible.

    In short, if rich people actually “worked” for the amount of money they have, they could never earn as much as they have. How many CEO’s making millions of dollars have driven businesses practically into bankruptcy? Who pays for that? Can we say massive layoffs? How many lower level workers have given efforts and ideas to corporations which translated into huge profits of which those workers have never seen a dime?

    Do we really expect the rich to say anything else?

    • Matthew Reece

      The solution to most of these problems is to abolish corporations. Corporations are legal fictions created by the state to shield executives from liability.

      • dsadlowski

        Corporations those “People” they now have morals and souls they can defend in courts and claim they will have to in heaven..

        This Special :people” they are.

  • Adam Kohl

    The whole idea of forceably taking money from anyone (taxes) is just plain ridiculous. This whole argument is dumb. Taking other peoples money and giving it to the poor is not charity.

    • Chris

      Adam, Your comment demonstrates that you have no idea about public goods and through your ignorance of that you use them all day long and thus do not want to pay for them. You are exactly the kind of person that feeds off the worn-out ideas of republicans and libertarians; uninformed and entitled.

      • Matthew Reece

        Public goods are immoral because they are paid for with stolen money. Utilitarian arguments cannot answer moral questions.

      • Kevin Koehler

        Stolen money?

        1 Timothy 6:17-18

        “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty,
        nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who
        richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be
        rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,”

        Everything you have is from God. If it wasn’t for him, you would have nothing. If you don’t pay it back, you are stealing from him.

        Malachi 3:9-10

        “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me”

        I bet your a republican christian. And will not believe these scriptures, but you will cherry-pick others to enforce your beliefs.

      • Matthew Reece

        Prove the existence of God. You must do this if you wish to use God in a logical argument.

        I am a market anarchist, not a Republican.

      • Keith D.

        Nobody has ever stolen my money. I pay my taxes voluntarily because I like the services I’ve already been provided with in exchange for them. If you don’t like those services, then don’t benefit from them. Move into a cave, give up electricity, roads, police, fire protection (hope there’s no forest fires near your cave), food that you didn’t have to farm or hunt yourself with a gun you built yourself and bullets you made yourself all from ores you mined and smelted yourself and gunpowder you manufactured yourself etc.

        No man is an island, but you’re welcome to take your Ayn Rand worshipping self out into the middle of nowhere and give it a try if you think it’s so great. Good luck, I hope for your sake that you’re right and I’m wrong. Me? I’ll stick with civilization and paying my taxes.

      • Matthew Reece

        You are falling for the great false argument of statism. It goes like this:

        1. The state provides service X. (X can be anything from military defense to healthcare to roads.)
        2. Without the state, service X would not be provided.
        3. Therefore, those who do not want the state to provide service X do not want service X to be provided and do not care about those who need service X.

        Regardless of the issue, no proof is ever given for Step 2 of this argument. It must be proven because it is a positive claim; namely, that the state is the only way to provide service X. The reason no proof is ever given is that such a proof is an inexhaustible proof by exhaustion. One must show that every possible free market means must fail.

        As for your examples, I would not have to do everything myself. Every market anarchist knows that division of labor will still exist in a free society.

        Try reading Murray Rothbard, Samuel Konkin, and some other market anarchist authors and stop assuming that every libertarian likes Ayn Rand. In fact, she hated libertarians, and for some of us, the feeling is mutual.

      • James Schroder

        Taxes are the price to live in a civilized society. They are sanctioned by the US Constitution. If you cannot handle that, I would suggest you pack your bags for Somalia.

      • clr1390

        The last 40 years and the constant chant of taxes are socialist, have brainwashed the masses of idiots in this country. One thing is for sure about Republicans. They stick to that trickle down theory that does not work with not a lick of shame. If they ain’t figured out it does not work by now, and are still having fools jump on the idiot train, you finally figure out how the Rev. Jim Jones could get people to follow him to their death.

      • Matthew Reece

        Let us apply your logic to another situation. Consider a woman who is married to an abusive spouse. He steals and squanders her money, does little to help her (and is inept when he does help), and beats and cages her for disobeying him. Why should she have to marry another man in order to divorce her abuser? Why cannot she be single if that is her wish?

        The Constitution is invalid because it is a contract signed by 40 men who died long ago. They had no legitimacy to impose their contract on anyone who did not wish to be governed by it.

  • Curt

    I find it interesting that the only arguments ever put forth by republican intellectuals sounds like this when it comes to their greed perspective. They worked hard for their money and asking them to pay a little more in taxes because it will magically redistribute wealth across the country. I am waiting for republicans to show in numbers how many poor or middle class citizens have moved up to the rich class after the government has taken their extra tax money and given to the lower classes. When their belief becomes reality perhaps we will take them seriously.

    A second interesting point. All the handouts to those poor who want more and more, perhaps a few statistics on social welfare and corporate welfare. The billions of dollars handed out for corporate welfare is 2-1 over that of social welfare. I guess that is the rich “earning” it? Jeff sounds like he has seen the movie Wall Street a few too many times. In the famous words of Gordon Gecko…”Greed is good.” Republicans take this ideology and cloak it in Christian values and sell it like a Wall Street derivative, knowing there are millions of buyers of this, “man made theory.” We saw the negative effects of derivative economics…a $700 billion TARP bailout for what I call, “deregulated greed.”

  • You’re very right. The conservative Republican Jesus is not the same Jesus I’ve read about in the Bible. I’d like to point many of these Trickle Down Christians to the part where Jesus threw everyone out of the Temple. And reminded everyone to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s – in other words, pay your taxes as your government requires you to. He didn’t say to funnel your money into offshore accounts so you could hoard the wealth for yourself. I wonder if they’ve ever tried to fit through the Eye of the Needle on a camel…

  • bob

    good one!

  • Geoff Trowbridge

    Great article. Minor quibble with the “love of money is the root of all evil” quote: That was Paul, not Jesus.

  • Jeff Bossler

    Great article and so true! If they want to believe in “trickle down” that actually works, they would pay their fair share of taxes and that money would “trickle down” into the greater good for all in the form of what is good for all of us….doing those things that business can’t and won’t do.

    • Matthew Reece

      Taxation is armed robbery, slavery, trespassing, communicating threats, and conspiracy. There is no such thing as a fair share of being a victim of crimes.

      • Kevin Koehler

        Taxation is the sharing of resources. Unless your rich enough to own your own police station, library, highways, firemen, etc. you have to pay their salaries. If the word taxation bothers you so much, then call it “paying your share”.

      • Matthew Reece

        These services should be provided competitively in a free market and funded voluntarily, not imposed through the violent monopoly of the state.

      • Keith D.

        I like how payment for services rendered to people on the (extreme, fringe) right is armed robbery, slavery, trespassing etc., but ACTUAL de facto enslavement of wage workers is A-OK. That is the result of a cognitive dissonance indeed.

      • Matthew Reece

        Market anarchism is not left or right. It is a rejection of the entire political spectrum.

      • clr1390

        i guess this country was founded on armed robbery. The vision of people who think a country can run on nothing is amazing. The US use to tax at a much higher rate. That was back in the days when the country was thriving. When as the 1956 Republican Party Pledge was ‘America does not prosper till all Americans prosper.” The rich will not prosper when no one is left standing to buy their sheet.

      • Matthew Reece

        A country is an idea, not an entity that exists in reality. The landmass, each person, each building, each trade good, etc., exists, but none of these are a country. Without these components, there is no independent physical form (which is necessary and sufficient for existence) remaining which may be called a country. Thus America does not exist.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Don’t let the door hit you in the butt as you leave for a country that doesn’t tax its citizens. I hear Somalia is calling your name.

      • Matthew Reece

        Let us apply your logic to another situation. Consider a woman who is married to an abusive spouse. He steals and squanders her money, does little to help her (and is inept when he does help), and beats and cages her for disobeying him. Why should she have to marry another man in order to divorce her abuser? Why cannot she be single if that is her wish?

      • CharlieSelf

        Your analogy is wobbly. No woman must marry another man in order to divorce her present husband, nor is anyone who desires prevented from remaining single.

      • Matthew Reece

        It is not wobbly at all. Someone who suggests that those of us who do not like life under a certain government should go somewhere else are in fact suggesting that we must live under a different government rather than no government at all, because all habitable land that is large enough to support a functional stateless society has been occupied by governments. It would therefore be as if a woman who does not like her marriage must immediately enter another marriage to leave her current one.

      • louis

        you know what used to be an American virtue, loyalty. whatever happened to loyalty? people like you make me sick because you lack one of the most important virtues on the planet. The police that keep you safe, from the ambulance driver, to the 911 dispatcher, who would most certainly set in motion all the people who would save your life. From the fire fighters who would show up to put out the fire started at your home. where is your loyalty to them as they have and will show to you? taxes pay for these things. criminal is what you are sir, next time you need an ambulance, a cop, or a fire fighter, grab a hose, start your car, and keep your money. i wish people like you could opt out of the system just so the rest of us could watch you assholes who don’t want to pay taxes, flounder without the resources you complain about having to support. oh yea, no more driving on the roads, its the trails for you buddy. i could go on and on, but whats the point? the people who get it, always have, and the ones who don’t, never will.

  • John Cresswell-Plant

    In U.K., all the main Parties are going this way.

  • Fred

    As well as a minimum wage, should there not also be a maximum wage?

  • Grand1

    Mark 4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken away from him. Speaking of cognitive dissonance…
    Nevertheless, Jesus healed the sick and told parables about the widow’s mites and fed the hungry. So, what we have here is cafeteria Christians who pick and choose whatever they want out of the Bible to fit their own desires.
    The overwhelming examples and words of Jesus were to show us to help the less fortunate. He defied authority by healing on the Sabbath and preaching about a kingdom contrary to Rome’s earthly rule, knowing full well there would be consequences. I will err on the side that benefits those who “hath not.” I think that was the overriding message from Jesus in his words and his actions.

  • buricco

    I see your point though most of those Bible quotes are unrecognizable when I looked them up myself because they sounded “off”.

    Also, it was Paul who made the “root of all evil” quote, not Jesus.

    Surprisingly you didn’t mention the “camel through the eye of a needle” verse, or the “widow’s mite” passage o.o;

    More to the topic, though, how do they manage to accept Ayn Rand, without realizing that she AND her doctrines are basically the exact opposite of what Jesus taught?

  • Dan Enlow

    “The safest place for Satan to hide is in the skirt of the church.” People who use their religion to justify their evil deeds are Satan hiding in the skirt of the church. Which is what the Republican party has become.

  • Me

    written by someone who obviously knows little about Christ, Christians and those who also are republicans.

  • dsadlowski

    The GOP is a FASCIST movement using relation as a tool.

    Fascism……………right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism characterized as, chauvinist. .Nationalistic…….

    They want their Confederacy back with the caste system in place.

    Religion and Government are Intertwined – GOP fascist states tend to use the most common religion Christianity in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

    Rampant Sexism – The GOP fascist States tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under GOP fascist states, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state OR IN THIS CASE RADICAL CHRISTIAN MALES are represented as the ultimate guardian of the NUCLEAR family one Mommy and one Daddy and a bunch of kids.