As Bill Whittle puts it in this brilliant video for Declaration Entertainment, liberals want to eat the rich. They are not interested in boosting the economy, maintaining social programs, or making our unfettered spending sustainable. We could confiscate all of the profit made by the Fortune 500 companies, Super Bowl ad revenue, all the salaries of the major sports, all the money made by any individual above $250,000 annually, the entire net worth of every billionaire in the country … and not even come close to making up the annual deficit for 2011. And yet liberals continue to harp on the moral praiseworthiness of doing just that.
According to President Obama, we would not be a great country without confiscating the wealth of earners and redistributing it to those who refuse to pay for their health care and retirement. The better angels of our nature mandate a “communal” view of the world, in which we force some to pay for others. Naturally, Mondale and Moore feel the same way.
Of course, there is nothing more immoral than such class warfare. Capitalism is based on the principle of mutual benefit – nobody can coerce anyone to buy a product or provide a service. Communism is based on the principle of pure selfishness – I deserve your cash because I exist. Capitalism is you allowing a plumber into your house to fix your pipes, and then handing him a check for a job well done. Communism is a plumber breaking into your house, leaving the pipes leaky, and forging a check from your account. Liberals think that capitalism is based on greed, but capitalism cannot serve greedy without altruistic output. Communism is based on both greed and jealousy, without even a hint of altruism.
At root, the difference between President Obama and conservative Americans is a question of values, not of means. Obama and his cadre could not care less about the future of Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid – those are means toward redistribution, not ends in and of themselves. All that matters is soaking those who earn for purposes of “fairness.” And simply put, that’s not only unfair, it’s morally reprehensible.
Ben Shapiro is an attorney and writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the upcoming book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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