Republicans use of God distracts from their demoralizing agenda

September 25, 2012
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Proverbs 22:16 “He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Think about that.

Growing up, I never heard of Jesus ridiculing and chastising the poor as the rich praised his efforts.

Current Republican politics uses God to control the electorate. Rather than stand with the true message of Christianity, right-wingers push policies to thwart it.

And it has become all the more obvious to those who see the stark contrast.

Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments reflect the Republicans’ demoralizing agenda. In order to please the rich donors, the truth must be said otherwise the wallets – bank accounts – close. The corporate media claims it was a “gaffe” when speaking on the issue, however, for politicos who know the inside dealings, this wasn’t a gaffe and it was intended to convince the donors of the true message to get more money.

The people mentioned by Romney benefit from government assistance – and can hardly afford a $50,000 dinner plate. And in the south, where states trend heavy GOP, statistics prove there’s plenty of people who vote Republican and receive at least one item of government assistance.

But those same people in the south do cling to God and their guns. Why?

They’re told to.

Republicans use God to their benefit. Their political messaging is quite tuned. When you have decades of focus-group research and polling, you can craft a shiny message that not only relates but controls.

For example, when Republicans spend millions in advertising money to tell people God is being removed, destroyed, terrorized and drowned by those nasty liberals you’ll see eyes widen and ears perk up.

That type of messaging pulls at the heart. But like in the Wizard of Oz, there’s a person behind that curtain.

Republicans are not truly concerned about whether there’s truth in the message. If it causes people to react in favor of the Republicans, it’s paid off. Mitt Romney is a prime example of this. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley fits the bill.

However, the benefits reaped by such reactions favor elected Republicans, not the people supporting or voting for them.

As Republicans obstruct and defy progress for the American people, the country suffers. The people who vote for them suffer. They become dependent on government assistance, some at no fault of their own. They depend on government to help them. And when the Republicans continue to pound socially skewed messaging, those same people remain blind to the fact the Republicans are the ones screwing the American people.

All to promote their agenda, not the American people’s.

Oppressing the poor. Who is really doing such? When you look at the policies Republicans promote, you’ll find the answer…

But the average person has to look beyond their deceitful messaging. And that, for them, is really hard to do these days.

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  • koram.leena

    This is referencing individuals, I believe. Those individuals could be
    all stripes of political affiliation. Maybe more are Republicans because
    they’re businessmen, but that’s the nature of the beast. You find
    corruption everywhere, even government. Some might say especially, but
    I’ll avoid that kind language.

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  • http://twitter.com/ericheis ericheis

    I firmly believe that ours, and other countries, programs to “help” the poor have kept people in poverty and made their lives worse. Look at a rich bratty kids that are given everything, if they don’t learn to fend on their own, they are horrible people. Now look at a family that has been on welfare since their grandmother went to collect the check, pay their neighbor with government funds meant for daycare then split the money, and use food stamps to buy red bull and cigarettes.
    “Teach a man to fish” is a better quote for the republican argument than “oppressing the poor.” And have you seen what a family that prospers does with their money? It is rarely boats and trips to Europe. I know families that have given huge checks to charities that actually produce results, go to Africa, work at non-profits and foundations after successful careers, etc etc. Good people who are given opportunity to create wealth give back way better than your tax dollars filtered through government bureaucrats can.

    • Oophtall

      And this is how Republicans justify their actions, everyone. Look closely. It is quite amazing to see.

    • Kalean

      I… don’t think you’re familiar with what it’s like to be poor. You scramble to do everything you can to get out of poverty so you can afford to pay basic living costs. The vast majority of people on welfare weren’t on welfare a year ago, and are not dependent upon it. See here: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/indicators08/ch2.shtml

  • Mark Obrien

    The redistribution of wealth right out of the Bible.

    • http://twitter.com/ericheis ericheis

      By people, not by government. Giving all of your money to a government entity and feeling good that you are helping the poor is a sad reality that gives little to your soul or those you think you may be helping. Most government programs fail, hence the war on poverty lasting our entire lives.

      • Mike Herrera

        Governments are people too, my friend.

  • Mark Obrien

    2Corithians. 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, 15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”[b]

    • St. Aurelia

      in a perfect world, perhaps…but not this world and not at this time.

  • www.uncommonfreedomblog.com

    Neither side can claim the moral high ground. Please be intellectually honest and write about all politicians.

    • glorrierose

      Please be intellectually honest and recognize that under the current circumstances the REPUBLICAN party and the Republican Party ALONE is on a rampage against the poor, and that the REPUBLICAN PARTY ALONE uses the Church to beat the poor — and even the middle class — into submission.

    • Kalean

      I respectfully disagree. At this current time, the democratic party can claim the moral high ground. I say this as a right-leaning independent who is watching the republican party commit all of the following actions: redistribute wealth upward, misinform people with demonstrable intent to misinform, fight against the rights of homosexuals, intentionally demonize the president and divide the country, put making Obama unable to do anything as president above helping the country, vote against conservative bills for literally no stated reason other than to shut down the president, turning the party of Reagan into the party of hatred and bigotry, and convincing people that Romney/Ryan’s health plan will be better for the country than the Affordable Care Act.

      These are not the only things I’ve witnessed lately, but these are pretty big ones, and at least in today’s political climate, the democrats aren’t guilty of things even half as deplorable as these. Perhaps in the future, and most certainly in the past, but not at the moment.

    • http://www.thepoliticsofjamiesanderson.blogspot.com/ Jamie Sanderson

      Moral high ground? It’s one party’s principle interest to decimate a class of people in order to control and dominate what is left. Republicans own that principle – and what was in secret years ago is in bold view today. If morality was in political play, this country would a lot better. It’s not. And the Republicans are hell bent to keep politics immoral.

  • russ

    Who cares about some Jesus quote? Why is he still relevant…? Ah who am I kidding.

    • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

      “Why is he still relevant…?”

      In this order: god, guns, greed–the repub party foundation, yet they tend to ignore everything god commands / teaches other than the carefully cherry picked items.

      Shamelessly stolen from a Reddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/10g8l1/republicans_use_of_god_distracts_from_their/c6db37h

      “So the meaning would be that if anyone lives on more than they need for the bare essentials, they are evil.”
      Nope, It does suggest per this article and the following random sources, that these ‘god fearing’ republicans don’t practice what god preaches, well I’ll let you read for yourself, self explanatory.Btw, you seem to emphizie ‘athiest’, care to elaborate on this?
      Proverbs 22:16 http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=20&c=22
      We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.
      http://www.pbministries.org/Landmark_Baptist/Seminary/Bible_Study_Courses/Proverbs/DH_proverbs_chap22.htmProverbs 22:16 “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.” “Both alike are seeking self: the one by oppressing the poor, the other by giving to the rich, hoping for something again (Luke 6:33-35),” [Faussett]. Oppression of the poor has always been a common crime, and will be even in the days of the Lord’s return, (Jam. 5:1-4) (“for the last days” is literally “in the last days”). God takes special notice of the cheating of the poor. “Giving” perhaps refers to bribing the rich and powerful, but in spite of this human prudence, one will come to want, for God will not bless such unholy actions.
      http://classic.scriptures.lds.org/en/prov/22 A good name is better than riches—Train up a child in the way he should go.
      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+22%3A16&version=ESV Proverbs 22:16 English Standard Version (ESV) 16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
      Now I read this as ‘help others’, don’t be greedy with wealth and possessions. Distribute wealth-goodwill–Socialism.
      ” — polly_dawg – reddit user

      • Bett

        PollyDawg?

  • Douglas

    What do guns have to do with any of that? It seems shoehorned in. Mitt Romney is no friend of anyone, gun owners included. Plenty of us see that, and the folly of robbing the poor to give to the rich.

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