Christmas-time Political Discussions

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There will be plenty of discussion around Christmas Dinner this year, and some of it will inevitably concern politics. At this time of year, family is paramount, but you are bound to be confronted by some loudmouth relative who thinks he knows everything about the subject. Here’s some ammunition for my fellow Democrats to consider:

The Republican, go-it-alone approach does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Instead Jesus teaches us to be concerned about our brother.

Jesus is the reason for the season. This trite saying should serve as a lead-in to what Jesus said and did. Did you know he mentions the poor more than heaven and hell? And it just so happens that the poor benefit a lot from an activist government when they are unable to afford healthcare or other basic needs.

The Republican, go-it-alone approach does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Instead Jesus teaches us to be concerned about our brother.

And for those who say the private sector should be solely responsible for helping the poor, the churches, etc., you must realize that certain actions are so large, they require the government to play a leading role. No private organization could step in with Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy relief; only the government can deal with suffering on this scale.

And there’s no reason why the government and the private sector can’t work hand-in-hand to cobble together relief efforts. In any case, Democrats care a lot more about the poor than the Republicans who typically label them as “takers.”