Left’s good intent leads to tyranny, despotism
November 08, 2013 12:07 AM | 831 views | 9 9 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR: Recently several letters to the editor from conservatives have objected to Kevin Foley’s liberal, leftist columns. I would like to suggest to your conservative readers that they use them as an opportunity for analysis and development of rebuttals to his errors. They will encounter many people who share his erroneous opinions and will need a reasoned reply or a pointed question to show them the error of their ways.

For example, why is the left so selective in what they pick out of the Bible to support their aims? Notice for example his recent “What would Jesus have us do?” column that shows his ignorance of the fact that Jesus seeks the heart of individuals, not the collective. Christians are individuals who freely honor their Lord and Savior with their tithes and offerings, not their taxes. You cannot delegate that duty to the government without great risk to freedom.

Every government entitlement creates an obligation for someone to pay the taxes to meet that obligation. Ask Kevin and his kind if he thinks tax money from the federal or state government is free. Someone paid it and the IRS is ruthless in collecting it. As taxes rise to support ever-increasing entitlements, government becomes more energetic in its enforcement to extract wealth and moves from being our protector to our slave master.

Who gets to be the slave master? I would bet that Foley would argue that he and his kind are perfectly suited to handle the job. They think they are smarter than you. (But not smart enough.) They feel morally superior to you. (For not good reason.) They are certain that with their direction and your wealth they can make the world a better place. (For them.)

Kevin and his leftist buddies are so certain of their intellectual and moral superiority that they feel no remorse at forcing you to conform to their view of what is good for you and so their good intentions always lead to tyranny and despotism.

There was a time when people of conservative views could just move, but technology and globalization have closed that escape. Conservatives are going to have to learn how to confront the left or learn to conform, and that will be the end of freedom.

Ralph Bruce Marietta
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just sayin
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November 08, 2013
"Why is the left so selective in what they pick out of the Bible to support their aims"? Isn't that what everyone does, left, right, center. Shakespeare nailed it when he wrote, "Even the Devil can cite scripture to his own purposes".
Lib in Cobb
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November 08, 2013
Ralph: No, we Progressives don't believe we are smarter than others. We don't believe or at least I don't follow any god, nor do I follow the teachings of any religion. We have very different opinions on a variety of social and political issues. Abortion, it is a woman's choice, I am pro choice. The GOP and your church has made it very clear that they would take that right from a woman. You don't want your taxes being used to help those in need, but your church gladly gets a tax free ride, just how much of that ride is used to feed the hungry. MY tax dollars are helping your church, I am offended by a church/house of worship tax free ride. If you want to give to your church that's fine, but don't require me and other tax payers to finance it.

The conserves have been forcing many others to listen to their views on issues such as healthcare for all to the point that the government was shut down by the conserves in order to make a point, which you didn't make.

It appears that you are paranoid about your own thinking since you have accused the Progressives of being intellectually superior. Before you write another letter to the editor about Progressive attitudes toward intellect, please re-read that letter several times. You may decide not to send it.
Samuel Adams
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November 08, 2013
You are opposed to SOME churches being tax free, Lib, but only the ones that don't espouse your ideals. The pulpit-screamin political hotbeds like Jeremiah Wright's church where Obama learned his "religion" or the black churches that preach which candidate to vote for are all right with you, as is probably the Quaker anti-war church and the Unitarian pro-illegal immigration church. Talk about hypocritical. Likewise, I'm a Republican but I am pro-choice. People such as yourself have painted all Republicans with the same brush, but there are more of us out here than even the Republican party knows, and believe me, when and if they begin to really take away a woman's right to choose, they won't know what hit them, as we'll all start our own Whig party or join the libertarians. You think you know, but you don't really know what you know.
Lib in Cobb
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November 09, 2013
@Sam Adams: I am opposed to ALL houses of worship getting a tax free ride. They are all businesses, they should treated as such. Try to put different words in my mouth next time. The GOP has passed laws in a variety of states limiting women's access to abortion and healthcare, Texas for example.
Kevin Foley
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November 08, 2013
Mr. Bruce and today's other letter writer make the same error as the many other commentators on that particular column. They assume they know what Jesus "said" or "meant."

Do you really believe Jesus cared HOW we look after the sick and the least of these? Do you think Christ had taxes and tithing in mind when he commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves?

I don't presume to know WHAT Jesus was thinking other than to say His words were as plain as day. You fair weather Christians are tying yourselves in knots trying to counter my Medicaid expansion argument. And I have yet to hear from a single Cobb County Christian leader on this other than the one I mentioned in the column.

Why don't all of you take that hating, turn it into something positive, educate your fellow congregants, tell your pastors and ministers to speak out on this issue, and call or write Gov. Deal to demand he expand Medicaid in Georgia?

Papermill gal
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November 08, 2013
Taking money from people at the point of a gun or at risk of imprisonment as the state does has NOTHING to do with what Jesus preached. Jesus preached individualism, not collectivism. He preached giving people a hand up, not a hand out. That's clear even to this non-regular-churchgoer. You haven't heard from any Christian leaders because you are 1. not worth their time 2. irrelevant to their work.
why not
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November 09, 2013
If Christian ministers could not find the courage to speak out against racism and segregation in the civil rights era, I doubt they will find the courage to speak up for the poor before today's conservatives.
Illuminator!
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November 08, 2013
Foley's rose colored glasses means he doesn't have to worry about something as simple as paying for it. Only us peons need to worry.
Lib in Cobb
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November 08, 2013
Illuminator: It seems that you believe the only tax payers are the members of the GOP. WE all pay for the programs, WE all pay for the tax free ride which churches and other houses of worship receive. It seems that the first people to complain about programs to help the needy are the christians. It's time for ALL the houses of worship to start paying as if they were a business, then prove how much of their time is spent in charitable efforts. Charitable efforts do not include a minister preaching from the pulpit that you are going to burn.
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