Fairness, racism, compassion, and the hungry 8

Cruelty and sentimentality are two sides of the same coin. Collectivist ideologies, however oppressive, justify themselves in sweet words of sharing-and-caring. Disagree with a leftie, and she will lecture you in pained tones on how a quarter of the children of America “go to bed hungry”. Or say that you are against government intervention in industry, and she’ll describe horrific industrial accidents, as if bureaucrats could prevent them from ever happening. Collectivists believe that only government can cure poverty by redistributing “the wealth”, not noticing that, if they were right, poverty would have been eliminated long ago in all the socialist states of the world – the very ones we see collapsing now, under the weight of debt.

However rich the crocodile weepers of the Left may be (and many of them are very rich and passionately devoted to redistributing other people’s wealth, such as John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros), they are likely to tell you that they “don’t care about money”. They despise it. (“Yucks, filthy stuff! Republicans with their materialist values can think of nothing else!”)  Or if they are union members, and demand ever higher wages and fatter pensions, they express the utmost contempt for the producers of wealth. To all of these, we at TAC issue a permanent invitation. If you feel burdened by the possession of wealth, we’re willing to relieve you of it. We have a soft spot for money. The harsh words said about it rouse our sincere compassion. We promise to welcome it no matter where it comes from, and give it a loving home.

In regard to the hard Left and its sweet vocabulary, here are some quotations from a column by the great political philosopher Thomas Sowell. He writes:

One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is “fairness.” It has been used over a vast range of issues, from “fair trade” laws to the Fair Labor Standards Act. And recently we have heard that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes. …  Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.

“Racism” is another term we can expect to hear a lot this election year, especially if the public opinion polls are going against President Barack Obama. Former big-time TV journalist Sam Donaldson and current fledgling CNN host Don Lemon have already proclaimed racism to be the reason for criticisms of Obama, and we can expect more and more talking heads to say the same thing as the election campaign goes on. The word “racism” is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything — and demanding evidence makes you a “racist.”

A more positive term that is likely to be heard a lot, during election years especially, is “compassion.” But what does it mean concretely? More often than not, in practice it means a willingness to spend the taxpayers’ money in ways that will increase the spender’s chances of getting reelected. If you are skeptical — or, worse yet, critical — of this practice, then you qualify for a different political label: “mean-spirited.” A related political label is “greedy.”

In the political language of today, people who want to keep what they have earned are said to be “greedy,” while those who wish to take their earnings from them and give them to others (who will vote for them in return) show “compassion.” 

A political term that had me baffled for a long time was “the hungry.” Since we all get hungry, it was not obvious to me how you single out some particular segment of the population to refer to as “the hungry.” Eventually, over the years, it finally dawned on me what the distinction was. People who make no provision to feed themselves, but expect others to provide food for them, are those whom politicians and the media refer to as “the hungry.” Those who meet this definition may have money for alcohol, drugs or even various electronic devices. And many of them are overweight. But, if they look to voluntary donations, or money taken from the taxpayers, to provide them with something to eat, then they are “the hungry.”

Beware the Compassioneers: even as they pick your pocket they try to pluck your heartstrings.

Posted under Commentary, Economics, government, liberalism, Progressivism, Race, Socialism by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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  • Liz

    Sowell really spells it out clearly. Another term we hear alot, related to “the hungry”, is “food justice”.  In my mind, food justice would be that those who earn the money to buy the food should be able to eat it, kind of like the Little Red Hen.  It really takes a serious Harvard education to take something that basic and mangle it into what Sowell describes here.  Good thing we have all those Harvard grads in the White house! 

    • Andrew M

      I just had to point out the delicious irony of this comment:

      Sowell went to Harvard for his undergraduate degree.

      Just because you’re a genius doesn’t mean you’re a smart guy. Fortunately for him and all of modern conservatism, Thomas Sowell is both. I have nothing but respect and admiration for someone who came from a poor family and worked his way up to prosperity without feeling a sense of undue privilege because of his circumstances or capabilities.

      Good for him to call out the hypocrisy of the welfare queens who mooch off of productive citizens as well as that of the Leftist intelligentsia who enable their entitlement mentality.

      Jillian, you are an amazing writer as always. I found your invitation for donations highly amusing! Here’s hoping you get some takers – then again, honesty (not to mention some genuine charity of non-stolen monies) is asking way too much for the Left.

      I wonder, though: would you really accept money from any source?

      • Jillian Becker

        No, we are not asking for donations. You are right, of course – we were only kidding.

        But we are telling the plain truth about our soft spot for money. Prosperity holds a very high place in our esteem. 

  • George

                            Wow—- this article is definately up my alley . I have seen this first hand and have experienced this first hand and of course the regular commenters know why. This is right on the money. The liberals of the leftwho act as if they are so compassionate for the poor and downtroden and their solution to solve this is to make poor people totally dependent upn government and government handouts as a solution. In esence people become government slaves and overall wards of the state.  
                     The ghettos of America are  a perfect example.  People have been reprogrammed that they are nothing but victims, and have an entitlement mentality that keeps them subservient and kills every sense of work ethic.  
                            The liberals of the left who are destroying the traditional family ( husband , wife and children ) , destroying decency , destroying the work ethic , destroying free enterprise/capitalism, and destroying personal responsibility , patriotism self reliance and the right of individuals to own personal property and be free of government intrusion of our personal lives. 
                             There is an exception of course. The conservative religious right ( christian fundamentalist zealots ) who  claim to want less government intrusion into their lives cannot get enough government intervention when it comes to mixing religion ( read Christianity ) with their theological ideology and have now made their religion almost totally political.
                             Liberals use women, ethnic minorities , and their selection of various whites in order to further their deceitful agendas and then when people publicly speak up for themselves and expose their dubious agendas , the same liberals of the left will viciously attack , malign , villify, denigrate and get totally hostile towards anyone who doesn’t fall in line with their perveted and deceitful agendas.
                           Liberals use the mainstream media to promote their agendas and then they attack those who do not go along in order to censor the opposition. You want to see liberal socialism at work , go to any poor ghetto , any poor trailer park, hippie commune, SOME  ( but not all ) current reservations, or recent ethnic immigration “enclaves” and you will see the modern day government plantations in all their splendor.  People who are slaves to the government are still slaves indeed.
                        Liberals of the left love to play the [ race card ] as a form of divisiveness —– i.e. [ US vs THEM  ] societal dividing  and then big  daddy government comes to the rescue to save the poor downtrodden soul from the horrors of real life and then subject them to being mere serfs of the big daddy government state who will take care of them . His majesty — Emperor Obama  is the appointed ( or rather annointed ) King of welfare or Socialist Imperialist. The results of government societal and cultural destruction is beyond horrific.

    •  That is exactly what I’ve been saying George! The Democrats want to enslave us to the Government. They’re exactly the same Democrats the Republicans fought and defeated 150 years ago!

      • George

        You’re right Robert .   The DemoCRAPS  have always been the dixiecrats. The DemoCRIPS are the ones who created the ghettos and destroyed the work ethic & ethnic culture and belief in self-responsibility , self-preservation, self-pride , self-dignity, self-decency , and the protection & preservation of the basic nuclear family unit ( husband , wife and children ) while pushing and protecting every form of degenearate , wierdo, perverted and sicko lifestyle imaginable with their waco [ anything goes / if it feels good , do it ] warped minded agendas.  Look what the liberal scum have done to our great society Robert.  Look what these left wing liberal perverts and maniacs have done to human decency Robert.  Look how the liberal scum have attacked minority people like Thomas Sowell , Clarence Thomas, Ken Hamblin, Herman Caine ,   Kevin  Jackson ,  Bill Cosby ( re: his poundcake speech on Brown vs Board of Education speech ) , Michael Steele, Mr. John McWhorter ( re: book — Losing the race ),  and Juan Williams ( in his book –Enough )  .  No these guys aren’t perfect and they have their faults as well , but they are a thousand times better than any of the liberal left wing  demagogus out there , that’s for sure . Who have we seen in the media spotlight  [ Jessie Jackson , , Al Sharpton , Kanye West ,  etc etc etc . …….  ). Look who the liberal left attack Robert , when men ( and women )  who speak out for self-reliance and to uplift ourselves to be producers instead of beggars , to be independent and free of government subsidizing & support and to be entrepreneurs and productive people in our society and these pathetic liberal good for nothing  wacko scum have made us a bunch of new age dependents on big daddy government . It’s modern day slavery with government as the almighty slave-master .  I’ve been saying this for decades Robert and the liberal left scum have attacked  me viciously non-stop for speaking out. They have called me every foul name , harrassed me viciously in my attempt at trying to uplift my ethnic group to be truly free and independent and I detest these leftwing scum. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are like sugar coated poison. Please pardon my aggressive rant –because when I get started on this subject it fires me up because I have suffered so much for it and I will continue to speak out . The liberal scum practice reverse-discrimination against more qualified white males and make ethnic minorities and even women look like inept morons by lowering standards instead of requiring these groups to measure up  but liberals act as if they are doing us a favor and they have practically destroyed us and made the society as a whole look down on us as incompetent and worthless misfits by destroying the desire of individuals to improve themselves and meet the qualifications instead of passing people along because of race or gender . It’s discrimination in reverse regarding these matters. Liberals created the ghettos by their constant handouts and government give-aways to parasitic bums who haven’t earned jack sh** !  Don’t get me started , because I’ll talk all day on this subject–believe me.  You’re right Robert . If you want to hear ranting , I could rant all year long on this topic.  
                           It is the liberals that are turning women against men and also turning blacks against whites  ( also vice versa ) and creating a new modern era of racial and gender divisiveness   which has destroyed our families, cultures, social interactions and also peace , respect , recognition & dignity .   Darnit , liberals drive me crazy as  @#$%^&*        I  hate to admit it Robert , but many times I would prefer to be around my conservative Christian friends than around the liberal atheists that I know. They ( liberal atheists drive me nuts  !  ).  Liberals ( whether religious or secular )  represent the  mentality of LOSERS !  Liberals  are the mentality of supporting and defending our nation’s enemies, defending criminals, defending degeneracy and indecency and every form of perverted wierdo behavior imaginable and if we conservatives don’t go along with them and embrace this crap as well , then they engage in  personal ad hominem attacks of name-calling ,  –such as [ you’re a racist , you’re a homophobe , you’re a hater, you’re intollerant , you’re closed minded, you’re a bigot , you’re an idiot  . etc etc etc ad nauseum ——- yeeeccchhhh .    They make me sick to my stomach  Robert .  Oh please don’t get me started here !!!!!  Oh well , too late , I already have started and I could rant and “vent” forever.   Liberals who proclaim that they know what is best for everyone . Liberals who proclaim to be so progressive when in reality they are actually regressive.     What’s the definition of a   L.I.B.E.R.A.L.    ?

        Loser Individuals Belittling Every Rational Assertion Lustfully   

        What have liberals liberated us to ?   They have liberated us to self-destruction , perversion , anti-patriotism , degeneracy,  government dependency, and a society of chaos and having no  moral boundaries or self-discipline  and self-pride —that’s what . 

        Wow— I’m glad I got that off my chess , and now I’ll go have a   cup of espresso  !

        • George

          Please pardon my typos and misspellings again folks . I’ll have it corrected when  I get my new IP for this  PC.  I have a problem with being booted offline regularly and I type overly fast without a spell-check  and make mistakes like crazy.  I have to constantly re-log on over and over again and it’s really frustrating as heck.  I’m done posting for today so I don’t tie up the commentary posts ( I apologize for that sincerely ). I’ll probably get booted off any second now. Have a good day . Take care . See you in a day or two.   George 

        •  Sarah Palin said Obama wants to return America to the way it was before the Civil War. Liberals called her a moron, but you know what? She’s right.