This post was first published on May 15, 2011 read it here complete with comments.
Hearing loss runs in our family. Two of my children, and three grandchildren have losses that range from a moderate loss to profoundly deaf. My oldest son has a “severe-moderate” loss, and learned to read lips early. You might be surprised to know that none of them consider themselves handicapped.
My oldest, as I mentioned, Chris, also learned early on that lip reading gave him an unique advantage in some situations—like the football field. He would look across the field and read the other coach’s lips, or who ever was calling the plays, then relay the information to his teammates.
Knowing the plays gave his team a, perhaps unfair, but clear advantage.
When you know the Left’s playbook, their tactics become obvious. When I read the HuffoPo piece “Sarah Palin Must Also Favor ‘Spreading the Wealth Around’” by Jonathan Weiler, it was like reading his lips in a huddle. “OK boys, Alinsky rule #4, ‘Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity’.”
But what I find most striking in this hostility to “socialism” from many of the ringleaders of the contemporary American right is their simultaneous insistence that our first duty as Americans is to pay fealty to God’s law, given what the Bible has to say about wealth re-distribution (more on that in a moment).
In fact, many people, like Palin, believe that the Bible represents the literal word of God and that, therefore, we are beholden as a nation to its plain utterances.
And while we’re speaking of the Bible as the literal word of God and our duty as a nation to follow its proclamations, here is a far-from-exhaustive sampling of God’s word on spreading the wealth around (what Palin et al contemptuously refer to as ‘socialism’):
Exodus 23:10-11 – ‘Six years you shall sow your land and gather its yield. But in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow. Let the needy among your people eat of it, and what they leave let the wild beasts eat. You shall do the same with your vineyards and your olive groves.’
Deuteronomy 15:1-2 – ‘Every seventh year, you shall practice remission of debts. This shall be the nature of the remission: every creditor shall remit the dues that he claims from his fellow: he shall not dun (make persistent demands for payment from) his fellow or kinsman, for the remission proclaimed is of the Lord.’
Leviticus 19:9-10 – ‘when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God.’
Something has to give here. Either you insist, as Palin does, that the Bible is the unerring word of the Lord, easily comprehensible to mere mortals and the fundamental determinant of American law and morality. If that is the case, you must also believe that any society ruled by His law must mandate spreading the wealth around.
Or you’ve decided, after all, that you get to pick and choose which of God’s dictates, as expressed clearly and plainly in the Bible, you deign to pay attention to and which you may toss aside. In other words, either you accept wealth re-distribution as among the indisputable directives from God.
Or you believe that you may ignore the Almighty when you smell political opportunity in branding as ‘socialist’ a moderate tax increase on those making more than $250,000 a year.
If you’re going to try to make us live up to our own rules, it’s best to actually understand that. Using Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus as an example by which we are to live, is absurd. Not for future reference: we don’t sacrifice first born lambs. I know, shocking.
What Christians do, is follow the teachings of Christ. “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.” Mark 12:17 (King James).
Oh, yeah and here’s another note for future reference. The home team has your playbook.