Monday, March 05, 2007

Upturn the Tables?

America, there is something wrong with all of you!

Former Senator and current Dem Presidential candidate John Edwards thinks Jesus would be appalled with American selfishness.

Quoth the Silky Pony: "I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs," Edwards told []. "I think he would be appalled, actually."

Again we see Democratic candidates attempting to appeal to religious folks. The Dem strategy has been to use religious concern for the needy as a justification for more government charity. Except that it isn't "charity" if it isn't given freely since the government has to tax it from us first. That's why they call it charity.

From the perspective of strategy and message, Edwards is only half right. The strategy is arguably a good one - class warfare has a certain appeal, and broadening that to religious folks puts some jamba in the juice. His message is all wrong. Edwards is telling Americans that there is something wrong with ourselves. The Left gets their collective panties all up in a knot when some conservative blowhard dares suggest that Jesus would disapprove of certain behaviors. Why should anybody listen now?

Edwards would be smart to transform the Christian Socialist message into a more positive one. "Two Americas" is a negative message, and a hypocritical one when one thinks about the square footage on the new maison d'Edwards.

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