Monday, March 05, 2007

Quote of the Day

"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. I think he would be appalled, actually."
...said John Edwards, the man who just spent $4.3+ million on a 28,000 square foot mansion for his family of four. (Yup - that's his actual palace-in-progress.)

I don't presume to know the mind of Jesus, but I don't know that he would define "selflessness" as "attempting to simultaneously pander to religious folk your campaign just offended while attempting to shame them into spending other people's money, all while spending millions of your own money on yourself." I could be wrong - I'm no priest - but I've read the Gospels and that's just my take.

Not that I begrudge John Edwards on his success. Just don't tell me I should be ashamed if I want to achieve some of that myself.

2 comments:

PubliusRex said...

Liberals have been capitalizing on this false choice for decades. That is, that it is virtuous to force others, on threat of prison, to be charitable; that the poor will be unattended without coercion. One sad consequence of criminalizing failure to participate in charity (i.e. tax evasion)is that it totally deprives society of feeling any sense of virtue for their charity - you can't take pride in merely following the law.

PubliusRex said...

My question to John Edwards, "why are you anti-choice?" Why do you want to deprive Americans of their choice in how and to what extent they are charitable?