Robert Knight

Every so often, a single incident epitomizes larger truths. One of these is that all issues, whether social or fiscal, are moral issues.

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest on charges of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid is a snapshot into the relationship between ruling elites and the working poor. I mean, assuming the allegation is true, didn't she know her place? According to police, she tried to get away from the French Socialist Party luminary.

For socialists, the little people are valued mainly as pawns for expanding government power. That's why the IMF keeps propping up socialist governments like those in Greece and Portugal.

Socialist policies create more poor people, who in turn are supposed to be grateful to those who dole out money extracted from the middle class. And since socialists believe they need to destroy the old society in order to build the new socialist man, traditional sex mores are just some of the rules that get in the way. Social immorality is the fuel for fiscal immorality, as government expands to pick up the pieces.

The poor suffer the most from this uneven arrangement even though the ultimate target of the ruling elites is the middle class. These latter folks embody traditional values that the ruling elites despise: faith, marriage, family, deferred gratification, hard work, gun rights, patriotism. The suckers. Mp< America's own socialists are Oscar-quality actors during the run-up to elections, when they pose as advocates for the working middle class. Actually, they are pretty good at this year-round. But a look at Vice President Biden's microscopic charity donations is all it takes to see through the Joe Six-Pack façade.

Ronald Reagan called the Left’s embrace of social and class warfare "alien and discredited."

"Since when," he asked, "do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expenses of the other?"

The cardinal sin of socialism is the cultivation of envy. From this deadly sin spring all sorts of schemes to rob Peter to pay Paul—and ensure Paul's vote. And it's not always just about money. The liberal attempt to rob the moral capital of marriage and bestow it on non-marital unions is a form of theft.

The gap between the rhetoric of "fairness" and "equality" and the actual behavior of the ruling elites is becoming too stark to cover up, even for the elitist media.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.