Among the literature I taught was the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I also taught a number of the writings and speeches of the Colonial era, including The Federalist Papers. I quickly discovered I first needed to teach a brief political primer, because my students had not a clue about the essential differences in philosophy between D/S/Cs and Normal Americans. They might know their parents voted Democrat or Republican, but had no idea why. They tended to identify with political figures for the shallowest reasons, or no reasons, which is, of course, precisely what the D/S/C media wants us to do. Absent that primer, my students could not understand the founding or our current political divide.
Among the most important differences is Normal Americans—NA’s hereinafter—believe in equality of opportunity, while D/S/Cs believe in equality of outcome. NAs believe in low taxes, for the good of the people, while D/S/Cs believe in high taxes—they can never be sufficiently high—for the good of the people.
Closely related to the aforementioned philosophies is charity. My kids were always stunned to learn NA/s give far more to charity—by orders of magnitude—than D/S/Cs. They bought into the lie D/S/Cs are highly moral, the champions of the poor and downtrodden. They also bought into the lie Republicans are the Party of discrimination, segregation and racism. Let’s visit Derek Hunter at Townhall.com:
Something always struck me as odd about liberals – their love of high taxes. I always thought it had to do with their desire to punish successful people, something deeply rooted in jealousy. Over time, however, I came to realize it was something more, something deeper and deeply flawed in their understanding of the world and the idea of the concept of liberty. Democrats view government as the center of life and the giver of all good things. And that doesn’t come for free.
The other day, billionaire Mark Cuban tweeted something normal people would find uncontroversial, but since it’s 2020 and liberals exist, caused blowback from the ‘tolerant’ left.
First, I should point out the ungodly sum of money spent on elections this year, particularly in Senate races. In South Carolina and Kentucky alone, Democrats spent $200 million. Cuban pointed out, in reference to the upcoming run-off elections in Georgia, that maybe people should consider using some of the money they’d be inclined to spend there on helping their fellow Americans.
Cuban tweeted, ‘For those considering donating to Reps or Dems in the Georgia Senate run-offs, can you please re-consider and donate that money to your local foodbank and organizations that can help those without food or shelter? Lets (sic) put Americans in need above Politics.’
The chorus of freak-out was led by singer and left-wing activist John Legend. Legend replied to Cuban’s tweet with, ‘I get that politics is annoying and contentious, but the bottom line is that the Senate flipping would be far more impactful than a food bank donation. We need massive stimulus and aid to individuals and small businesses. Government needs to do this. Charity isn’t sufficient.’
Politics über alles – if the entire left-wing agenda can be implemented, it will be better for those going hungry than, you know, food. What do you think someone hungry would rather have, a meal or subsidized solar panels and no natural gas for every newly constructed house? What kind of monster would rather have their kids fed when they could have a fleet of electric cars to replace the gas-powered fleet that works just fine now?
There is, of course, a substantial element of jealously in D/S/C’s eternal drive for ruinous taxation. It is of a piece with their hatred of capitalism, which they falsely see as a zero sum game: a dollar a wealthy person makes is a dollar denied everyone else. They utterly reject the wisdom of Margaret Thatcher, who said:
The trouble with socialism is you always run out of other people’s money.
NA’s understand capitalism secures equality of opportunity. Because they are overwhelmingly people of faith, they also take to heart Christ’s words when he told His Disciples the poor would always be with us. Because we have free will, some will always make bad decisions, decisions that will have consequences for them and their families. That doesn’t mean we should ignore the poor, quite the opposite. We should provide for their needs, but never subsidize eternally bad choices.
Informed largely but not entirely by Christianity, NAs believe in the inestimable value of every life, so when they see genuine need, they do not think: “if only government were here to solve this,” and accordingly do nothing. They solve it themselves, in their communities, person to person, using their own time and resources to help. Often, they band together with like-minded people such as churches, to feed the hungry, heal the sick and clothe the poor.
This is Christian charity: money, food, caring, resources freely given because it is the right thing to do. The overwhelming majority of this honest charity is never known to others, because NAs care nothing for virtue signaling. They rightly see it as vanity. They see a need and they act on it. Taxation is never charity, and it virtually never gets to those that need it most. Imagining they know better than others what is best for them and their families is the lazy conceit of the self-imagined elite.
The “War on Poverty,” waged since the 60s, has been a dismal failure, because it is a “war” on human nature. Times change, but human nature does not. The men and women of Aristotle’s time were just like us in their wants, needs, desires and failings. One need not be particularly well read in history or literature to know that.
This too is a major chasm between D/S/Cs and NAs. D/S/Cs believe they can perfect humanity. The right policies, applied by whatever force necessary, can achieve utopia on Earth. True, all socialist utopias have failed—they are failing as this is written—leaving a bloody trail of misery and a mountain of bodies—but current D/S/Cs know they will succeed where all before them have failed, because they’re just that much more moral and intelligent. NAs know better. Only God can change hearts, and there will be no Heaven on Earth.
Even so, D/S/Cs care nothing for individuals. “The People” are an abstraction, useful to them only as politically defined classes, favored victim/grievance groups or groups of evil enemies. It is this that allows them to imagine bankrupting the country to change global climate, which we have no means to change, will benefit the poor. It is this that allows them to believe disarming the public and taking away their right to free speech will make everyone equal. Black lives matter only so long as they are politically useful, but not the lives of individual black children murdered in America’s major, D/S/C-ruled cities.
As it has ever been this Thanksgiving, NAs will continue to give of themselves to those in need, real people, real lives, people they know and can hold, nourish and support. D/S/Cs will virtue signal and work to take the money of the honest, not to give it to the poor, but to their political cronies, for “green energy” ventures that will waste billions and go bankrupt, and for anarchists and looters who live not to build, but to destroy.
One way, one political philosophy, leads to national destruction. The other–national, and personal, salvation.