"After my sixth divorce, I started to wonder if it was me?" Greg Allman
Some ignorant misguided soul is holding a sign which says "Jesus fed the poor, healed the sick - the Right Wing would call him a socialist". No they wouldn't, they would call Jesus a caring and compassionate man. Nobody ever said that the poor should not be fed. Just not by the government. The government does not have the authority under the Constitution to provide health care or food or clothing or education or welfare to the citizens. That is left up to the states or to the people. People in need (the ones truly in need, not the scam artists or people too lazy to work) should be and could be taken care of by friends, family, church groups, organizations, charities, etc. The government cannot force one to be charitable. Taking property (e.g. money) belonging to someone and giving it to somebody else is not charity or compassion, it's extortion, coercion and intimidation. It's a form of slavery. Yes, people in need should be taken care of, but not by the government. Besides, think of all the fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, etc. in medicare, medicaid, social security, welfare, food stamps, etc. Individuals and private organizations and charities do this kind of thing MUCH better than any government can do. Getting back to the person holding that sign, no, Jesus would not be called a socialist. He was for compassion and mercy, but he never said that the government should be the provider.
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