It seems that old people have sort of claimed politics as their hobby, so I usually have to visit my grandma’s Facebook page if I want to read a political commentary, but I knew that this week’s DNC would be the talk of the social media water cooler – even amongst my friends. As much as I didn’t want to look through my feed and shake my head in disagreement at the comments coming from people in my life who I otherwise respect, something in me just had to know. Who’s with me? Who’s not?
I stopped on a comment from a college acquaintance. She had posted a picture titled “Republicans for Obama” and had a picture of Adam Smith attached. Beside his picture read, “Father of Modern Economics, Father of Capitalism” and under it, a quote from him:
“It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”
The problem with this is that his quote taken out of context. Adam Smith was known as the father of capitalism because his theories suggested that rational self-interest and competition could lead to economic prosperity – quite controversial for his time. He was for capitalism, so why are liberals using a quote that he said about being a good steward to fit their political agenda?
That’s a great quote about being a generous person, but its not a great quote to tie to the government. The Democratic Party claims that they are using our taxpayer dollars to help the helpless. Ok. Well, one thing our taxpayer dollars are going toward is abortions – even overseas. Obama has been on record, continually supporting infanticide – which means killing a baby who survives an attempted partial-birth abortion. If we leave it to the government to “help the helpless,” then they are the ones who get to decide what that means. Pro-choicers at the DNC, kept talking about how pro-lifers want to make them “second class citizens” by not allowing them to “choose when they can start their family.” If you were made of money, wouldn’t you want to decide who you’d bless with your charity?
I’m all for helping the helpless, so that’s why individuals and the church as a whole should give freely. Rationing healthcare, giving food stamps to people who are healthy and able to work, funding abortions and handing out free birth control doesn’t sound like helping the helpless, to me.
What do you think?