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All of liberalism is based on this conceit. The only way you can justify to yourself taking the money and labor of others is by portraying yourself as a victim. Redistribution of wealth from Jake to Joe is a violation of the Ten Commandments unless Jake owes Joe money. Liberals forget that taxation for police and fire is designed to help everyone, including the taxed. But simply handing tax money from one person to another violates the basic foundational principles of Western civilization.
Unless, of course, it’s not redistribution that the left wants, but recompense. That’s why class warfare is such an integral part of leftist rhetoric. The rich can’t simply be rich – they must be guilty. The poor can’t just be poor – they must be virtuous.
Romney, by contrast, speaks of an America where Americans do not think of themselves as victims. If people are poor, we don’t assume they’ve been victimized; we simply tell them that if they do their best, they will succeed. We are all born with unequal situations, unequal faculties. God’s apparent injustice in this matter does not give men the license to victimize one another. In fact, only if men do not victimize one another – only if they grant one another the freedom and space to live within the law – can everyone succeed. Otherwise, society does become a war of majority against minority.
In Mitt Romney’s America, the 53% do not get to victimize the 47%. In Barack Obama’s America, the 99% get to victimize the 1%. That is the basic difference in philosophy: not numbers, but the driving need to justify what is basically wrong.
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