Jesus, The Republicans And The Tea Party
Copyright 2013 VVeasey Publishihg
Why is the economy so bad when big corporations are making billions of dollars and record profits? Is it un-American or maybe even traitorous for them to make billions of dollars in the United States but stash large portions of their billions in other countries banks?
If you overlook political party affiliations and just take a hard look at who is trying to protect those who make billions, but don't want to pay the taxes, that they should pay and contribute to our economy. What politicians or party is that?
Some republican politicians made a pledge to, Grover Norquist, that they wouldn't raise taxes on those who are making millions and billions of dollars off of our economy, no matter how bad the economy becomes, but they have no problem cutting money set aside for for those of us who who may be on the lower rungs of society. And who the hell is Grover Norquist anyway?
Why is he so important that they're making pledges to him as if he's God or Jesus?
The only way our government, city, state and federal, have of raising revenue is by collecting taxes, They don't manufacturer, sell or create goods or products. Without collecting taxes how can they operate or function as governments?
Let me answer that...they can't
Imagine how booming the economy would be if all those gigantic corporations were pouring billions back into the economy, from which they made their billions. But some people would rather focus on the poor or those who don't have millions or even thousands of dollars, who may pay no or very little taxes, as the reason the economy is in trouble, rather then on those who have billions and millions who aren't paying taxes or much less than they should be..
Ideally everybody should contribute to our economy by paying taxes. But many of us are below the poverty line and can't pay or pay little because we have nothing or only have a little.
Do you really think that if all of these people were able to pay their little bit of taxes, that, that would make a dent in our economy, compared to the billions these giant multinational corporations would be contributing, if they stopped sending their billions overseas and paid their fair share of taxes?
So why do the republicans and the tea party want to protect those who are stashing the profits they made from our economy in other countries’ economies?
Why do they seem to prefer to focus on cutting funding for those Americans, who are less fortunate or much less well off, than the giant multinational corporation, they've sworn to protect by not raising taxes (revenue) Or requiring them to redirect those billions of dollars they're sending to overseas, back to the country and people who made it possible for them to make their billions in the first place?
Some republicans and some in the tea party idolize, Ayn Rand, who created a pseudo religious-philosophy with selfishness as its highest, if not its only value. Can you imagine living in a society with selfishness as its highest value?
Jesus And Selfishness
The republicans and the tea party claim to be Christians. But is that really true?
Did Jesus preach a philosophy of selfishness?
What was Jesus and his disciples attitude toward the poor and the downtrodden?
Well lets take a look and see if the republicans and tea party attitudes toward those less fortunate than they are, measure up to the attitude of the Jesus, they so proudly claim to be followers of.
Luke 3:10 The crowd replied, "What do you want us to do?"Luke 3:11 "If you have two coats," he replied, "give one to the poor. If you have extra food, give it away to those who are hungry."
Hmmm..doesn't sound like selfishness to me. But lets continue
Mat. 5:43 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. Mat. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Mat. 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust"
Is he preaching selfishness? Nope. Lets continue,
Rom. 13:9 "If you love your neighbor as much as you love yourself you will not want to harm or cheat him, or kill him or steal from him. And you won't sin with his wife or want what is his, or do anything else the Ten Commandments say is wrong. All ten are wrapped up in this one, to love your neighbor as you love yourself".
What about this? Nope. Here's another one,
Gal. 5:14 "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself". Definitely Nope
Wait There's More!
James 2:8 "Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord's command, "You must love and help your neighbors just as much as you love and take care of yourself."
Is this a selfish attitude, Nope!
Luke 3:10 "The crowd replied, "What do you want us to do?" Luke 3:11 "If you have two coats," he replied, "give one to the poor. If you have extra food, give it away to those who are hungry."
Nope Definitely nope!
Mark 10:21 "Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Whoa! Definitely, Definitely nope!
Jesus On Who Actually Pays More Taxes
This is what Jesus said about who actually pays more taxes and who taxes are more valuable
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 121:41-44
Jesus says those who have less, actually pay more, because they have less to give. It’s more of a burden for them to pay, than for those who have way more than they need, who pay.
Those Who Love Money And Material Things
He said this about those who love money and material things more than do following him,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”. Matt 6:19- 6:24
Not that you can’t be rich or have lots of money. It just has to be kept in the right prospective. It can’t be the end all and the be all of your life. You can't take it with you when you die (lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys”
So can these republicans and tea party and those who agree with them, who say they are Christians, really be Christians, if they just talk the talk but don't walk the walk?
Mitt Romney was the poster boy for those who say they care about the poor, the needy, and the common people, but whose actions show the opposite. Romney said his wasn't concerned about 47% of Americans, because they weren't going to vote for him and they were just looking for handouts from the government. Sounds real Jesus like doesn't it?
The Philosophy Of Selfishness
Ayn Rand's religious-philosophy of selfishness is spreading like a virus through the minds and souls of certain politicians and their followers. If we measure them by the Jesus they claim to be followers of, and by what they do, and what they profess. I think you will be able to easily see if they're really followers of Jesus or not
Ayn Rand was held in such high esteem, that Rand Paul was named after her. Imagine that!
Who Cares About The Poor And Those In Need
So what politicians seem to care about the poor and the needy in this country, as the Jesus they claimed to be followers of, said they should care about?
And your answer is.......
Why I'm Writing This
I'm not writing this because I'm a Christian, because I'm not. I'm just using Jesus and Christianity as an illustration of the hypocrisy of those who say they're Christians, but don't act like Christians, or like the Jesus they claim to follow.
This is also as an illustration of how hypocrisy works in general, and how to recognize it wherever it may raise its ugly head. Action always speaks louder than words
I'll leave you with a paraphrase of that old beloved, 1970s, TV character, Kojak's favorite saying, "Who really love's you baby?"
Do the republicans and the tea party really care about the poor and the less fortunate in country? You tell me if they do or not