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Thus Spake The President

In his masterful work, The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defined Impiety as, “Your irreverence toward my deity.”   I remembered this quote while thumbing through the news tonight and seeing that President Obama (you may remember him as the guy who had the gold plate behind his head during the 2008 election) attended the National Prayer Breakfast today, whereupon he had an epiphany.   From his remarks: 

And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.

But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.”

Required by whom, Mr. President?  You?  That’s the inescapable conclusion given your penchant for coercively taking from some to give to others in order to, “spread the wealth” as you so aptly explained to Joe the Plumber a few years ago.  

Christianity, you might recall, teaches charity as distinguished from armed robbery.  While Christ admonished us to render unto Ceasar, I would suggest that if the Almighty can get by on a 10 percent tithe, that it boggles this imagination why you would require so much more.

You do remember the story of the tax collector, Zacchaeus, don’t you?   You remember as well, do you not, that after his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus reportedly made restitution to the citizens for his corruption?  But your use of Biblical teachings in the service of your tax increases, sir, would have us wondering if perhaps Jesus would have preferred to instruct the citizens to hand over more of their property to Zacchaeus in the service of Ceasar’s shovel ready projects of course.  

Mr. President, go and bombast no more.  

  1. Whiskey Sam

    It is ironic that the Left thinks supporting the government in its efforts to aid the poor makes one a better Christian than supporting actual churches since they seem intent on forcing churches out of the public square and supplanting them as the source of aid to the poor.  One of the primary problems with the welfare state is that it seeks to replace God as the source for one’s needs.

    Loved the go and bombast no more line!

  2. Natalie
    DocJay: Obama is an atheist. That’s fine but his faking his beliefs is obnoxious. · 3 hours ago

    Doc,

    I am pretty sure Obama isn’t an Atheist, which unfortunately, makes him no less obnoxious.

  3. Chris Campion

    Barry’s talking about what makes “economic sense”.  He leads up to this startlingly complex financial and economic solution by ignoring the fact that the top 50% of income earners pay 97% of all income taxes collected.  Now, I could make a really nice chart here, with a huge, tall bar that indicates “Taxes Collected on them Rich Folk”, and a small one that indicates “Taxes Collected on Victims of Capitalism”, but the chart would be incomplete, in that it does not include nearly half the population that pays no net income taxes.

    So, let me be perfectly clear.  There are those who argue about fairness, but clearly skipped the rudiments of math ‘n stuff while flitting about from ivy league college to Chicago politics to voting absent a record number of times, demonstrating a stunning lack of depth and seriousness when it comes to literally any subject. 

    I give you:  President Barry – The Suit That Walks Through Walls

  4. Pilli

    My 85 y.o. mother will immediately change the channel with the comment, “Ugh! He sickens me” whenever she hears Obama speaking.  This is why. He perverts everything she has been taught since she was a small girl.

  5. Pat in Obamaland

    Ricochet’s own Bill McGurn: “I am still waiting for the passage where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth and the light, and the OMB director.’”

  6. Aimee Jones

    If you read the complete passage in Luke 20, you will see that Jesus is responding to spies sent by religious and political leaders to catch him in a trap as an excuse to arrest him. When the spies asked him if it is right in God’s eyes to pay taxes to Caesar, Christ “saw through their duplicity” (NIV), pointed out that the coinage of the day had a picture of Caesar on it and responded in a rather dismissive manner to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” In other (my) words, keep your petty trinkets, but focus your attention and action on the work of God — which is implicitly separate from the government. 

    And here’s verse 26: “They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.”

  7. KC Mulville

    This is yet another example where Obama believes that the authority of his office is a personal prize, and that he can use that authority in whatever way he chooses … to salve his conscience, or to ameliorate his feelings of guilt about his good fortune, or even a noble impulse to help others.

    Early civilizations had “champions,” who were chosen as the best of the tribe, who would fight on everyone’s behalf. Being chosen as champion was a great honor. I often wonder if the desire to become president is rooted in that personal desire for the honor of being a champion.

    But a president in a constitutional democracy is not a champion. He isn’t chosen to fight moral battles on everyone’s behalf. He isn’t messiah, savior, or Superman.

    We have a system of government with many interconnected parts, and president is just one role of many … important as it might be. The rest of us are not minor players in his personal drama. 

    Our government system requires discipline. Do your job, but let others do theirs. The success will come from the whole, not any one part. Obama wants to fix everything by himself. 

  8. James Of England
    Dave Carter

    James Of England: I think it’s implied that the giving and requiring is a bilateral transaction; the giver and requirer are the same. Traditionally, that would be God. If it’s Obama, though, or the government, I can see how the argument could be made that high ranking public servants should suffer massive pay cuts to help us through the austerity.

    Depressingly, I think it’s more Warrenism, though. The idea that successful people do well because, and only because, the government gives them help. As such, they essentially owe it all back. Eugh. · 5 minutes ago

    James, I must compliment you on your endurance.  Are you on every conversation thread?  It’s all I can do to get a word or two in after a day on the road, and you seem to be everywhere.  Mightily impressive.   · 10 hours ago

    Thank you! Insomnia helps; I tend to post in bursts. Probably not much posting today, for instance.

  9. James Gawron

    Dave,

    You know what a Bull Dog is.  It’s a short squat powerfully built dog, with a huge jaw set with an underbite.  These dogs would literally sink their teeth into a Bull and be dragged around by the Bull.  However, once enough of these dogs had sunk their teeth in (and didn’t let go) the Bull tired or bleed so much that it collapsed.  Then the dogs finished him off.

    Dave, you are the Bull Dog and Obama is the Bull.

    Get’em!

    Regards,

    Jim 

  10. James Of England

    I think it’s implied that the giving and requiring is a bilateral transaction; the giver and requirer are the same. Traditionally, that would be God. If it’s Obama, though, or the government, I can see how the argument could be made that high ranking public servants should suffer massive pay cuts to help us through the austerity.

    Depressingly, I think it’s more Warrenism, though. The idea that successful people do well because, and only because, the government gives them help. As such, they essentially owe it all back. Eugh.

  11. Illiniguy

    We seek our way to God not through society but in solitude. We gain redemption and grace through our own good deeds and faith, not by adhering to the Buffett Rule. Charity is personal; we don’t find our way to God by rendering unto Caesar that which should be rendered unto God.

  12. Grimaud

    Amen!

  13. Dave Carter
    C
    Illiniguy: We seek our way to God not through society but in solitude. We gain redemption and grace through our own good deeds and faith, not by adhering to the Buffett Rule. Charity is personal; we don’t find our way to God by rendering unto Caesar that which should be rendered unto God. · 2 minutes ago

    Perfectly and beautifully stated.  

  14. Dave Carter
    C
    James Of England: I think it’s implied that the giving and requiring is a bilateral transaction; the giver and requirer are the same. Traditionally, that would be God. If it’s Obama, though, or the government, I can see how the argument could be made that high ranking public servants should suffer massive pay cuts to help us through the austerity.

    Depressingly, I think it’s more Warrenism, though. The idea that successful people do well because, and only because, the government gives them help. As such, they essentially owe it all back. Eugh. · 5 minutes ago

    James, I must compliment you on your endurance.  Are you on every conversation thread?  It’s all I can do to get a word or two in after a day on the road, and you seem to be everywhere.  Mightily impressive.  

  15. Percival

    Impudence and impiety, arrogance and affrontedness…our President is quite the piece of work, isn’t he?

    I would have thought that by now he’d be used to epiphanies.  He has one every morning, while shaving.

  16. Doug Kimball

    Obama’s epiphany is hardly new and has been dragged out by Liberals over and over.  I think in many ways it is a transparent attempt to deflect guilt for their niggardliness when it comes to real charity.  It is easy to grab the mantle of charity and empathy when doling out the government’s money.  To go further and demand  that more be deposited in the General Fund so you can futher your political desires, and then to chastise those whose money you claim (when they balk at your demand) as uncharitable, is the epitome of arrogance! 

  17. Kervinlee

    Keep your tax breaks, Barry. If you want to give something up, give up your office. Please.

  18. wilber forge

    This may be off the wall, although bear with me here. In the current view, Obama does present the Messiah model quite well. In practice and policy it may more compare to an Egyptian PooBa with all the adorations. Similar lusts for power and distributions of grain, if anyone recalls the history and the failures therein.

  19. Fake John Galt

    I have been hearing this argument from my liberal acquaintances for a while now.  I find it interesting that a group of people that seem to fight all religion tooth and nail can make this argument without some sort of hypocrisy short circuit caused their head to explode.  My argument back is usually that while I am not sure when they last read the Bible (most have not) but I have read it several times and have yet come across the passage that mentions charity as being collected by the IRS by force of law.    

  20. Wylee Coyote

    He’s invoking Jesus to justify his tax policy the same week he is assaulting the Catholic Church’s health care providers?  It’s enough to make one scream.

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