Come onboard for yet another journey into conscientious Lefty recycling of hackneyed memes.
There is always a pattern to these attacks. The George Soros-funded Campaign for America’s Future links today on its “Progressive Breakfast” to an article by its own Richard (RJ) Eschow, The Nakedness of Their Greed:
- It’s truly unbelievable: At no time in modern memory has the privileged class been richer, the middle class more endangered, or the number of people in poverty been so high. And yet the Republican Party, whose leaders are overwhelmingly wealthy themselves, is openly and shamelessly proposing to give more tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires – including heirs and heiresses who have done nothing to earn their riches – while actually raising taxes on millions of poor and middle class people.
There will be a time to engage in argument. But first let’s take a moment to gaze in wonder at the nakedness of their greed.
I won’t waste time discussing the extreme wealth possessed by Democrat members of Congress and the lobbyists, crony capitalists, and bundlers who helped to put them there (and Obama in the White House). We all know that they don’t count — they’re Democrats, afterall.
I’ve been at this long enough, though, to know a heap of recycled garbage when I see it. Eschow’s article comes up repeatedly in a google search for “nakedness of their greed”.
However, persistence floated the biggest crap sandwich to the top — a book published in 2006 by one of Barack Obama’s favorite philosophers, Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics.
In February 2010, John Blake wrote at CNN.com about the influence Niebuhr had on Obama’s first year in office. Blake wrote:
- Niebuhr was a blunt critic of morally complacent Christians. He thought the church was full of idealists who believed that progress was inevitable and that love alone would ultimately conquer injustice, some Niebuhr scholars say.
“He said there was a difference between being a ‘fool for Christ’ and a plain damn fool,” says Richard Crouter, author of the upcoming book Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion and Christian Faith.
Niebuhr lived during an age of global calamities. He was born in Missouri in 1892, the son of a German-born minister. He preached and taught theology during the Great Depression and World War II. He saw the suffering of workers at Henry Ford’s auto plant — lack of pensions, dismissals for sickness — when he became a pastor in Detroit, Michigan, Crouter says.
“The greed of capitalism and the business class was huge in his mind,” Crouter says. “It had to be combated.” …
Niebuhr distilled his view of human nature in his monumental book, Moral Man and Immoral Society. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. cited the book in his “Letter from Birmingham City Jail.” Former President Carter is also an admirer of Niebuhr’s.
On page 8 of Moral Man and Immoral Society, Niebuhr talks about social inequality and how “men of power” grant rewards to themselves while not as high a reward as those awarded to themselves by the “economic overlords”, the “real centers of power in an industrial society.”
The “justifications” for “unequal privilege,” he continues, are “dictated by desire by the men of power to hide the nakedness of their greed, and by the inclination of society itself to veil the brutal facts of human life from itself.” (Emphasis added.)
As I said, the Left has not a single original thought.