October 21, 2012

Demonizing Wealth? Have You Paid Attention To Who Is Prospering Lately?

I’ve written about this topic before in response to an article comment, and I’m going to write about it again in response to another comment. — There are a number of average Americans willing to step up to the plate and defend the wealthy. They believe there is a class war against the rich. They believe President Obama is against wealth. They believe Democrats and liberals are against success. But where does this belief come from? I have serious doubts that so many average Americans simultaneously came to this conclusion. No, they believe wealth is being demonized because wealthy powerful people are saying just that, and they choose to believe it. And I don’t know why.

A recent Left Call commenter said:

Given the number of times Obama has mentioned getting “the rich” (note, he means people with a comparatively high income, not necessarily a high net worth) to pay their “fair share”, although “the rich” already pay the majority of taxes that support social programs, I would argue that he is most certainly demonizing the wealthy. Whether all left leaning persons agree with him, I don’t know, but I do know that very few right leaning persons would.

Maybe it’s because we all hope for greater wealth in our lives, or maybe it’s because of pre-existing ideological affiliations. But whatever the reason these average Americans lend such an abundance of support for the wealthy, they all have one thing in common: they are wrong.

President Obama isn’t against wealth. Liberals and Democrats are not against wealth. I wish these defenders of wealth could put a fraction of their energy spent defending the wealthy and channel it towards helping and defending the poor. I gotta tell you, there’s no virtue in a platform constructed to protect wealthy interests. The wealthy are doing just fine. They do not need your protection, but they most certainly have no problem if an army of average Americans do their bidding. I know my language sounds divisive, but there’s no other way to spell this out. The wealthy do not need our protection. As billionaire Warren Buffet said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

The impoverished, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable people in this country are who need the attention, not the wealthy. Tax rates have never been lower. The capital gains tax is obscenely low. Rich people are getting richer every single day.

You are not preaching from a perch of strength if you are an average income American defending the wealthy and powerful. A much more noble and honorable position would be to defend the voiceless and the powerless.

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  • http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/ Nomad

    Isn’t it Funny how it becomes class warfare when comments are made about the inequality between rich and poor?

    When Reagan came along, he implied that being rich- at least as a nation- was a sign of God’s blessing. Nothing to be ashamed of, at all.
    Of course before that time, the rich always were never quite as arrogant and power-hungry as they are today either. (Debatable, perhaps) Before Reagan, becoming wealthy was a reflection not so much of God’s pat on the back, or even the personal attributes of the wealthy themselves.

    Before the Reagan era,, being rich was considered to be just one part of living in the greatest of a nation and all of the opportunities that nation offered to its citizens. (At least in theory.)
    And it was also considered a duty to return and share that wealth. With Duty comes responsibility, said Kennedy back in the 1960s. The criticism of the super wealthy today is exactly on that point. They have acted irresponsible to the nation and have acted in a totally selfish manner. Some would even say disloyal to the country too.

    It’s also strange how the party that is so eager to mix it up with the Christian religion should be so proud of its nominee’s excessive wealth.

    After all,, there is a long tradition in Christianity of fierce opposition to great personal wealth and the power that accompanies it. For Christians to forget those particular passages from the New Testament- indeed, Christ’s own words- is remarkable and shows how corrupt the evangelic Christians have become..

    http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/2012/10/mitt-romney-and-eye-of-needle.html