For the past three decades WE THE PEOPLE of the United States of America have allowed the nation’s wealth to be increasingly hoarded by a few at the expense of many through the continued operation of the Ronald Reagan administration’s trickle-down economics. Of the perpetuation and imitation of this kind of economics Pope Francis has issued an “APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION, EVANGELII GAUDIUM” — which has garnered for the Holy Father the vehement condemnation of Rush Limbaugh. In his appeal from the Vatican the pope wrote to point:
“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”
And “some people” are the rabidly conservative to whom the welfare of other members of the nation is nothing more than a byproduct of capitalism that does not and need not stretch to everyone as long as it extends to well cover the particularly conservative, and affords them enough comfort to dream of sitting atop their own loot fattened nest, peering down on all lessers, and oh yes, what added joy there would come with being able to crow like Rush Limbaugh.
The noted journalist Walter Lippmann, recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, succinctly described people of such shallow concern for others in his 1934 book “The Methods of Freedom.” In his book he wryly states of the hoarders of wealth whose boundless greed had obviated the Great Depression with the Crash of 1929: “Men have shown in their behavior that they wish to impose free capitalism on others and to escape it themselves.”
The complete comments of the pope are available at: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html
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If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) December 9, 2013