Sean Hannity Becomes Latest Conservative to Lash Out at Pope Francis

seanhannity1I’m sorry, but I find it absolutely hilarious how angry many conservatives have gotten with Pope Francis for pointing out what most people with common sense already knew — trickle-down economics is a scam.

Pope Francis basically just said that giving more to the rich hasn’t produced a trickle-down effect; instead, the “cup” just keeps growing larger and will never overflow.  But many conservatives have taken this as an all-out assault on capitalism by the Pope.

First it was Sarah Palin.  After that it was Rush Limbaugh.  Then shortly after that, Glenn Beck chimed in on the Pope’s comments.

Now it’s Sean Hannity, who claimed, “The Pope sounds like he is against capitalism.”

Let me make something very clear — the Pope in no way said he was against capitalism.  He simply said he was against unfettered capitalism which, in theory, says it will benefit the poor — yet does exactly the opposite.  Which is what he meant by ‘the cup never overflows’ (the trickle-down promise), but instead the cup just continues to expand so that nothing overflows.  That is exactly what’s happened.  It’s indisputable that the income gap between the top two-percent and the bottom 98 percent has grown exponentially over the last 30+ years.

And let me remind everyone once again that trickle-down economics doesn’t define capitalism.  In fact, it’s just one of many different theories within the economic model known as capitalism.  The United States was a nation built on capitalism well before Ronald Reagan and the dawn of trickle-down economics.

You know, when we had much higher taxes and stronger unions.  We weren’t some socialist or communist nation then, and returning to those economic policies won’t suddenly make us one either.  Though these right-wing sheep who thrive on conservative propaganda always imply that any hint at a return to the policies we had when this nation was much stronger economically (and the middle class was much better off) is somehow tantamount to embracing socialism/communism.  I guess they believe every president before Reagan was a socialist/communist.

It’s been amazing how much backlash Pope Francis has received from American conservatives because he dared to point out a fact about the extremely flawed economic theory of trickle-down economics.

Pope Francis dared to act like a Christian by calling out the greed behind unfettered capitalism, and conservatives continue to completely lose their minds over it.

A move that I still maintain will not go well for them.  Sure, some of the more hardcore conservative Catholics will still side with them, but attacking quite possibly the most popular Pope in modern history for daring to act like he’s following the teachings of Jesus Christ will not end positively for them.

But hey, I say let them keep making fools of themselves.  If they want to risk alienating tens of millions of Catholic voters, go right ahead.

As for Pope Francis, good for him.  The changes he’s trying to make within the Catholic Church are long overdue.  I can’t recall a time in my lifetime that I’ve seen so many people speak so highly of a Pope.

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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  • Barbara Ann

    How crazy it is that the Democrats who HATE the Catholic Church with a passion now hold up it’s leader. Democrats are funny little things. When someone does something they like, they are good but damn, do something they don’t like and they want you dead.

    • Jose Lopez Maldonado

      who says democrats hate the catholic church?

      • Scaramongus

        It looks like Barbara Ann said so

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    • Bud

      Democrats don’t “hate” the catholic church. They dislike the ultra-conservative message that has been spewed forth by it’s leaders over the years. Now that they have a leader that appears to be somewhat progressive, and that is finally including EVERYONE in his message, of course they are holding him up.

    • Linda Ginsburg

      Yes, because Democrats nominated and elected the first Roman Catholic to the presidency. You’re an idiot.

    • Steve Salazar

      Barbara Ann: Your’ dyslexia is showing. I am Catholic. I was a Reagan Democrat, who has long since been concerned by the vitriol of the Republican party. I hope you open your’ mind , and heart ,and release the hatred you carry with you.

    • Keith

      I think you are confusing the Democrats with the Republicans. The Republicans are “funny little things”. They change their minds and their messages daily, to whatever suits their selfish agenda at that time. Biggest bunch of hypocrites ever and Jesus doesn’t like hypocrites.

    • kwkiki7562

      Democrats HATE the Catholic church? Seriously? Where did you get that rash of Horseshit? Are there liberals that do not agree with Catholisism, SURE there are, we have all walks of life and faiths – you are very misinformed and out of touch. Step away from the FOX channel for a month. BTW- JFK was a Catholic.

    • sherry06053

      Hey! It’s the first time you guys came up with someone who actually believes and behaves the way that liberal guy named Jesus did. Finding someone everyone, including the Catholic hating Democrats, could like and admire is a bad thing? For who? Catholics or Republicans? YOU, my dear, “are a funny little” thing…Oh! And check out all the “likes” that some of your responders got! I think you are in the minority! How does THAT feel?

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  • ForeverBuddha

    Republicans always associate themselves as being Christian, but what do they do that’s Christian like? Nothing!! Here we got a Pope who’s actually doing wonderful things for the less fortunate, like Jesus. The Pope is telling the Facts about the Republicans and they can’t handle the truth. The Pope is doing great things!!

    • John LaCroix

      First, I am sure that not all Republicans share the opinions of these ultra-conservatives. Second, I don’t believe the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh and Palin truly believe in the message of Jesus, or in the man himself for that matter. Actions speak louder than words – what has Sarah Palin done to help the poor lately?

  • nextstep99

    I’m an ex-catholic and have no intention of returning to the church. But I have to say I really admire this man who is actually “walking the talk” of christianity, much like Mother Theresa did with her actions with the poor.

    To Republicans… Get used to it! I’m pretty sure he has a lot more to say and with the way that the GOP members see christianity and capitalism, they are not going to like the messages that are going to continue to come.

    (I only hope he doesn’t go the way of Pope John Paul 1 — who also upset much of the hierarchy and died mysteriously after only being Pope for a month.)

    Bravo Pope Francis!

  • Alan Foxman

    And remind me…who exactly is waging that so-called “war on Christians/Christmas?”

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  • Alan Foxman

    And why are they so surprised anyway? Did they forget their patron saint of Capitalism -Ayn Rand – was atheist and mocked Christians?

  • disqus_CGonmBcI1B

    The conservatives claim that they have God on their side but are they on God’s side? This is turning out to be Man making God in mans image.

    • Jo Clark

      Well, they claimed God was on their side in 2008 and 2012 too, and it’s pretty much been crickets since then on *that* subject. Snort.

  • G. W. Markle

    They are the Anti-Christians, the ones Jesus warned would come and deceive many in His name. Anti-Christians: Disciples of Satan.

  • G. W. Markle

    I’ve posted this before, but here goes again: The Christian Dilemma:

    The greatest threat to America, and indeed to the rest of world, at this point in history, comes from the staunch advocates of right wing ideology, and I must submit this warning to you: There is a grave problem with the right wing movement, in that; they seem to possess a distorted sense of entitlement. They’ve set themselves apart, and seem to think that their faith gives them the right to view the world from a platitude of conceit, through condescending eyes, and with a false sense of superiority. They actually believe themselves to be superior beings, with a manifest destiny and some strange notion that God is on their side. A people with a desire to conquer, under the false guise of Christianity, seeking to dominate in the name of Christ, their view of humanity being reduced to nothing more than a matter of “us” and “them”.

    What they fail to realize is; if the Christ you believe in leads you to view other humans as lesser beings, then you are a follower of the anti-Christ. The plain
    truth is; God doesn’t have a religion and God doesn’t discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that they‘re special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of “unconditional” love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in “us” and “them” is to divide humanity, not unite it.

    And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widow’s mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

    Even Jesus will not claim to be Christian, but will only proclaim the glory of the Father. And when He returns they will shout: “Here we are Lord!” And He will respond: “I never knew you”. They have forsaken the Word and have become prisoners of the Numbers.

    Those who have put themselves first will be last.

  • Green_Devil

    It’s about time someone of high moral authority called out these pseudo-christians who use a twisted interpretation of the bible to justify bigotry, hatred, and greed.

  • skywryter

    They wouldn’t be so frightened and defensive if what Francis says weren’t so true.

  • skywryter

    Was it St. Thomas who said too much religion is apt to encourage evil? That seems to be the case with the charlatans flogging Jesus for the GOP.

  • martinsnapp

    The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

  • Daniel Bustard

    Conservative Right Wing Christianity does not follow the teachings of Jesus, they follow the Pauline doctrine which contradicts the message of Jesus. Pope Francis seems to not let outside influences such as the self-proclaim Apostle Paul lead him away from the teachings of Christ.

  • Aaron Childers

    He confronted trickle down economics not doing what conservatives claim it would do. It has not ever, nor will it benefit the poor because it was never meant to. Attacking the pope is the opposite of damage control. The elites are responding with emotion. Is somebody scared?

  • MLR

    What I’d like to know is why I don’t hear more outrage from Catholics ready to defend the Pope the same way they were outraged about contraceptive coverage. Priorities screwed up much?

  • Jo Clark

    What’s really been notable about this new pope is the large number of non-religious/agnostic/atheist folks saying how much they admire him for taking the stances he does. This has gone way, way beyond just “being Catholic”.

  • James Daley

    The jury is still out on the new Pope. Yes, he can say all kinds of things he wants but the true measure will be his and the churches “actions”. Until, I see changes in the church and their follwers…..what he says don’t amount to anything.

  • James Daley

    Sarah Palin cares about one thing and one thing only…….Sarah Palin. Her fans follow a false GOD. The GOD of ignorance and stupidity.