Ronald Reagan, a great conservative.
According to a Religion News Service article, a recent book, Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism by Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks, confirms something I’ve always suspected: as a group, conservatives are less selfish than liberals.
According to the article, “conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that government engage in income redistribution” are the most generous, and “secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less.” (source)
It goes beyond finances: “liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood.” (source)
That neatly sums up my lifelong observations.
Why is this? A simple answer is that liberalism is a theology of theft and laziness. I say “theft” because liberals fund their favorite social programs with funds stolen from their neighbors, using the government as their instrument of theft. I say “lazy” because liberalism is a mindset of “don’t bother me, I’m paying someone else to do good works.”
Nancy Pelosi, vomitous liberal.
Those who see their political liberalism as a expression of Christian identity are acting on a fundamental hypocrisy.
I have never read where Jesus or any Apostle said, “Blessed is he who pays someone else to do good works, using booty stolen from his neighbor.” What I see again and again are exhortations on, “What are YOU doing with YOUR time and YOUR resources to do God’s work?”
Conservatives get it.
Disclaimer: GUESS WHAT? There are exceptions to the rule! I shouldn’t need disclaimers, but I’m sure a few people will get bent out of shape over this. The disclaimers:
- Yes, I know I am talking in black and white terms: conservative versus liberal. I am also talking about a huge aggregation, and some exceptions exist. I know some left-leaning people who are among the most generous I have ever met, and I know of exceptionally selfish conservatives.
- Even if you could weasel some Biblical passage that counters my above Biblical summary (i.e., passages that say that Christians should hire others to do their good works for them), they would be grossly overwhelmed by verses passages supporting my view. The mandate to do good works is a huge theme of the New Testament.