Mrs. Clinton is fond of maligning the “rich” in our society. But is she - - or anybody else - - to define “rich?” Is a rich person one who earns $200,000 a year, or more? Or should that number be lower - - say, a person who earns $60,000 or $80,000 a year?
Clinton has throughout her campaign spouted off grand ideas about how to transform American society and help the poor, the children, the immigrants, and so forth. But her mechanism for doing this has nothing to do with establishing governmental policies that help grow the economy and produce more wealth. Instead, her vision rests on a foundation of economic redistribution - - taking economic resources (collected via taxes) from “the rich” and giving economic resources (via “government assistance programs”) to those who “deserve” them.
When will somebody ask Mrs. Clinton for some clarification on these policies?
Some analysts have pointed out that, with her message of “helping the poor,” Mrs. Clinton is likely to woo some Catholic voters back to the Democratic fold. And it is true, that Catholics in particular appreciate efforts to help the poor, and have a long-standing tradition of doing so even in their own church. No doubt Clinton’s ideas appeal on an emotional level, to many. But even so, Mrs. Clinton is severely out of step with current Catholic teaching on social justice and care for the poor. In centuries prior, the Catholic church tended to view the church and state as being “one” on the issue of social care. Yet, in a post-Vatican II, post-John Paul II era, Catholic teaching gives great recognition to the virtues of economic capitalism, and makes the case for social care to be distributed via the private sector, and NOT from the government.
While Mrs. Clinton’s economic ideas are dressed-up with the language of “faith” and compassion, in reality she is speaking the language of “liberation theology,” a theological system that views the historic Christian concept of “the battle between good and evil” as a matter of struggle between the social classes, and embraces the tactics of Karl Marx to correct the “injustices” against the poor brought about by the “rich.”
Clearly there are shreds of truth in Mrs. Clinton’s comments: caring for the poor and stewardship of the earth are Judeo-Christian imperatives. However, Mrs. Clinton tragically attaches these noble and necessary goals to a failed and unjust economic model.
These revelations should signal a wake-up call to all who love liberty and prosperity. And conservatives in particular, both fiscal and social conservatives, must now begin to defend freedom and capitalism, because they are most certainly under attack.
Maybe we could start with somebody challenging her on these ideas - - just as it happened over the “drivers license” thing.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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