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With Charity Toward None

C.S. Morrisey of Catholic Online writes a great piece on Obama's feelings towards charity.

“A nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous,” said U.S. President Obama in his inaugual address of January 20, 2009. “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.”

At this very odd phrase -- “not out of charity” -- my ears perk up. For Obama’s rhetorical contrast is between charity, on the one hand, and justice, on the other hand: namely, social justice, also known as the common good.
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3 comments:

David said...

You're nit-picking! Obama is not condeming charity but the duty of the State is not to practice charity but to improve the common good of it's citizens. As the common good of it's citizens is enhanced society as a whole benefits.

We have only to look at the many third world countries where the gap between rich and poor is wide and there is social unrest, crime and eventually rebellion to see this.

Rest assured that even if he wanted to, Barack Obama would not be able to eliminate the need for Churches, volunteer organizations and individuals to practise charity but isn't America supposed to be the land of equal opportunity as well? Don't you want equal opportunity for yourselves and for your children?

If the answer is yes, you do want equal opportunity then how can you not want it for others who Charity requires you to love even as you love yourself, for the love of God. Remember, Our Lord says, "Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these my bretheren you have done it unto Me". This doesn't just mean giving food and clothing to the poor. It also means giving the poor opportunity to earn a living to be able to buy food and clothing for themselves and their family. It means giving them a chance to get ahead just as you and I want to get ahead.

Of course even with the same opportunities some will get fruther ahead than will others. I'm not advocating dreams of the Marxist utopia. But surely evreyone should have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Words count. When Obama tells us to do something "not out of charity" he is telling to work NOT out of a love for God but out of a love for man. In other words get rid of the 1st Commandment. If it wasn't important he wouldn't have said it. Words count.

*Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.*

You can't do the second without the first.
*Love your neighbor as yourself.*

America had been the greatest advocate of equal opportunity in the history of the world. With the election of Barrack Obama my children will no longer have that opportunity. And rest assured Obama will indeed do as much as possible to eliminate the need for Churches because he believes that cutting off our ability to do charitable works will cut off our love of God. He has learned this technique from Liberals who throughout the years have tried to form the Church into a secular charitable organization; remove God and the Church is but a shell of itself. Benedict XVI has said that the Church will be smaller AND more faithful. We now see that prophecy becoming reality.

Kathryn said...

Obama proposes the elimination of the deduction for charitable contributions. When questioned about the anticipated negative impact that this will have on philanthropic giving, his spokesperson said that Obama has already taken care of that by designating $100 million in government money to make up the difference. Let's see. Planned Parenthood? Catholic Charities? Given the choice, I don't think Catholic Charities will prevail.


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