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November 5, 2008

America bought the lies

America (and even many Christian Americans) bought the lie that the Democratic Party; now to enter the White House in January; is going to help ordinary people , improve the lot of working people, and aid the destitute. ( Some call this Pro-life. ) This article shows the methods of the Democratic party is not Compassionate at all…..Read on…

Founded 1997 Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Morning Edition

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You call this compassion?

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Posted: November 04, 2008
1:00 am Eastern

© 2008

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6: 1-4

Today we’ll find out if Americans have really bought the lie that Barack Obama and his Democratic Party compatriots actually care about helping ordinary people, improving the lot of working people, aiding the destitute.

I don’t believe it for a minute. And, even if I did believe they were sincere about these goals, I recognize their methods – forcibly taking wealth and property from some and redistributing it to others of their choice – would never actually achieve their stated goals of reducing poverty.

But let’s focus today on motives.

Some people suggest you can’t really read someone’s heart. Some people think you can’t judge people’s actions or inactions. Some people seem to believe compassion is measured by how high you are willing to impose taxes on your neighbor.

I disagree.

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I think virtue is measured by what you sacrifice willingly to help your neighbor, your family, your friends, your country.

By that standard, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party get a failing grade.

In his own book, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama writes affectionately about his “Auntie Zeituni.”

Barack Obama is a millionaire today – on the verge of winning the presidency.

What has he done about checking on the welfare of his beloved Aunt Zeituni Onyango, one of the children of Barack Obama’s grandfather?

Apparently nothing. Barack Obama is too busy planning ways to change the country and save the planet to reach out a helping hand to an elderly relative in obvious need. It took the London Times to discover she lives in a disabled-access apartment in a rundown public housing complex in South Boston.

Aunt Zeituni joins other Obama relatives in varying states of destitution.

His “Uncle Omar,” also described in his autobiography, was recently beaten by armed robbers with a sawed-off rifle while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of Boston. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom apartment for failing to pay $2,324.20 in rent, according to the Boston Housing Court.

Then there’s the slightly better-known case of George Hussein Onyango, Obama’s half-brother in Kenya who, we learned months ago, was living on $1 a month.

What Has Barack Obama done to help any of these close relatives?

Again, apparently nothing.

That’s one of the real measures of compassion. And he has been found severely lacking.

There are other measures, too.

In 2004, the Obamas reported $207,647 in adjusted gross income and contributed a grand total of $2,500 to charity – just a hair over 1 percent of their income.

How about his running mate?

In 2004, the Bidens reported they had $234,271 in adjusted gross income and made contributions of $380.

This is what these men give freely of their own resources. They push for higher taxes for their neighbors, but are unwilling, or, as Biden might say, too unpatriotic, to fork over their own money to people in need.

With that kind of shocking record, it is amazing to me that so many Americans still believe their phony talk about compassion and duty and “the Sermon on the Mount.”

Jesus wasn’t talking about collective obligations in the Sermon on the Mount. He wasn’t talking about national obligations in the Sermon on the Mount. He wasn’t talking about community obligations in the Sermon on the Mount. He was talking about individual, personal commitments to the needy in the Sermon on the Mount.

You can’t be in obedience to Jesus’ commandments in the Sermon on the Mount because of your tax obligation. You can only be in obedience to Jesus’ commandments in the Sermon on the Mount on the basis of what you choose to do willingly as an individual.

Once again, Obama, Biden and the Democrats are like the Pharisees who made a show of piety but who betrayed the very spirit of the law.

Today, we’ll find out if that kind of public show still fools people.

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Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. His latest book is “None of the Above: Why 2008 is the year to cast the ultimate protest vote.” He also edits the online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, in which he utilizes his sources developed over 30 years in the news business.

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