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Class Warfare

Every time anyone points out how Republican policies are slanted to favor the rich, they are accused of "waging class warfare." Never mind that they’re only reporting the facts, and that it is those who concoct these policies that are actually waging class war. This knee-jerk accusation is always allowed to work. Too many people are afraid of having it leveled against them, even though it’s stupid. But not me. "Class war," eh? I got your "class war" right here!

"The liberal soul shall be made fat."

"... he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."

"He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker, but he that honoreth Him hath mercy on the poor."

"He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house."

"Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he shall also cry himself, but shall not be heard."

"He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich shall surely come to want."

"Rob not the poor, because he is poor; neither oppress the afflicted in the gate."

"Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich."

"... he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent."

"He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye."

"He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack, but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse."

"The righteous considereth the cause of the poor, but the wicked regardeth not to know it."

It should come as no surprise that the preceding quotes are all from the Bible: the Book of Proverbs to be exact (11:25; 14:21, 31; 15:27; 21:13; 22:16, 22; 28:6, 20, 22, 27; 29:7).

Had enough? Let’s check out Ecclesiastes:

"The profit of the earth is for all" (5:9). Sounds socialistic to me! Better excise it from the Bible!

"There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof, to their hurt" (5:13). Perhaps we should think twice about those gigantic tax cuts for the rich, partially paid for with cuts in spending on human needs.

While we’re at it, let’s give more Scriptural advice for greedy, selfish Republicans, that may be useful for all:

"Turn not to the right hand nor the left" (Proverbs 4:12).

"Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? For thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this" (Ecclesiastes 7:10).

Something else that’s not surprising is how Republicans are complete hypocrites when it comes to the religion they like to tout incessantly, that they recommend to the rest of us. In this case, they should be careful what they wish for (not a Scriptural proverb, but often true just the same).


Stephen Van Eck

Rushville, PA

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