Lighten Your Hearts; The Pope Is Not Your Enemy
In the headlines of the press, once again, the remarks of the Pope have been dragged through the ideological bias of each particular editorial board.
The liberal press molded his words to justify their constant push to coerce enslavement under government totalitarianism, which caused, once again, a reaction by people who do not ascribe to the Pope's Catholicism to seek to justify their prejudice against it and him because of what the press said he said, but didn't.
The press has caused friction on the right; and the right keeps falling for it by not reading his actual words and understanding he is not an American.
The thing that should be remembered, when the Pope presents his speeches, is that he is the leader of a worldwide faith, not a counselor to government. No matter what he suggests, he is not to be held as so many wish to hold him, as a politician trying to persuade his colleagues of a particular legislative action. He is simply giving his faith's angle on what should be done. This distinction is not important to a lot of countries, but it should be to ours.
Americans have the exclusive founding documents of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to thank for our precocious view that we are a nation of people who will not be dictated to by tyrannical Kings of men, but we, instead, are the rulers of our own government. So, when we react to headlines that say that the Pope is pushing government for redistribution of wealth by sneering and shouting "Marxist!" we forget that we are the government, and perhaps forget that our system, when employed properly, indeed does exactly what the Pope seeks globally, because power in the hands of the many proves that people are good.
Give me the names of the countries that are currently part of the U.N. who do what we do. Our welfare system is so vast that it is failing the poor, disabled, and the sick. Our veterans system of benefits is so bureaucratized that our brave men are dying without care. Our unemployed are at such a high number, that many go on disability benefits to stay out of the work place, or, as a result of losing their will to live. I'll bet you could give me a lot of countries whose poor and sick and elderly go through what ours go through as a result of no policy to help But, only in America could the bureaucracy of excess cause the very same result.
Sure, many are helped through these programs, and my point is not ever to argue that programs to help the poor, sick and disabled, and veterans should be eliminated. It is the degree to which these programs can be administered properly in conjunction with our other obligations that is always up for debate. But the left uses the words of the Pontiff, successfully and repetitively, to bludgeon Americans into accepting more and more government confiscation of wealth under the guise that the government can properly do the work of the clergy.
But, the fact is, it cannot. All it does is take from the successful, skim a hefty fee off the top for advertisement, administrative and paper-pushing bureaucrats, and then allow a percentage of that money to trickle down to the actual needy, as well as the lazy and self-righteous entitled. We have so much product from individual success wrapped up in these systems, that they cannot be sustained forever.
The words that the Pope used that got so many hot this past week are contained in this pull-quote:
"A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world's peoples and by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society."
Think of all the countries that are not doing the minimum on human development. In fact, the U.S. press glossed over the Pontiff's lament about a throwaway society and a culture of death, which the Vatican laid squarely at the feet of the Democratic Party in America in 2008. That aside, the word, "legitimate" has meaning. We should take care of the disabled, sick, elderly and veterans shouldn't we? The fact that the left has pushed that notion to mean what it does not is our failing for being unable, or unwilling, to rein them in. And "indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society" is what both Protestantism and Catholicism do best. Bazaars and bake sales and potlucks and auctions of donated items or services from local businesses for charity are a weekly commitment for hundreds of thousands of church groups in this nation.
If you want to read the whole speech, go ahead, it is not long, Pope Francis is preaching to everyone at the U.N. to do something that they are not predisposed to do: put aside their own bias and respective country's greed or stated policy and do what Christ commands us to do.
Of course, in America, it was never the proper interpretation of our founding documents to do so through government coercion, but the system we have now has, unfortunately, disregarded our founding. The fact that we, as a society, already meet and surpass these basic requirements of Christianity should simply cause us to nod and thank him for his comments.
Instead, words, taken out of context and without proper analysis, cause a rash of hatred and hardened hearts.
Lighten up, we are already doing good; we ought to focus on the abuse of the least of society that a greedy government impels.