Not that I mind terribly much if the left wants to continue the Bernie Sanders charade, but at some point you’ve got to think they’ll put him out to pasture. After all, the avowed socialist – er, excuse me, “democratic” socialist (because adding the word democratic makes the horrors of socialism so much more palatable) – continues to embarrass the Democrats.
On Saturday, Sanders tweeted to his followers:
“We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don’t think that is the nation we should be living in.”
You can see where this is going, can’t you? Bernie Sanders has been on a taxpayer-funded salary for most of his life. He owns three different homes, the most recent of which is a lakefront mansion worth upwards of $600,000. And thanks to Rachel Maddow’s meltdown last week, the country was reminded that his tax returns show he pays a paltry 13.5% tax rate.
In case you’re wondering, the middle class in America that Bernie is always pretending to champion, pays quite a bit higher rate.
Given those realities, you would think that Sanders would keep his yapper shut; but he just doesn’t seem to be able to help himself. And maybe that’s because he assumes and trusts that those who follow him and believe him to be America’s only forthright and honest politician (seriously) will not care to know the truth.
But there’s a deeper deceit in Bernie’s words that needs to be exposed. Beyond his obvious personal hypocrisy, what does it really mean to worship wealth? Yes, obsessing over how much you can personally accrue and amass for yourself counts. Misers who maintain homes around the world and smoke cigars wrapped in $100 bills certainly qualify.
But surely someone whose life ambition seems to revolve around not just personal wealth accumulation, but also confiscating the earnings and possessions of others to use as he or she sees fit is even worse.
That’s why Jesus admonishes us to be generous towards the needy out of personal compassion flowing from the heart, not out of compulsion from the force of government.
If I steal your wallet and give it to a homeless man, that doesn’t make me generous, it makes me a thief. Bernie Sanders has apparently never learned that lesson. If he wants to be generous he can be and should be. But taking money that is not his while holding the gun of government to the heads of the citizens he targets does not make us a nation that “cares for the poor,” or him a hero of the underprivileged. It makes us an embittered people and him a thief.
If you want to see the real worship of wealth, look first at those who believe they are entitled to everybody’s.