Hypocrisy Of The Bleeding Heart
I've seen on ATS, heard all over the news, been told to my face.. Conservatives are selfish, self-righteous, greedy corporate sellouts.
Liberals believe conservatives simply don't care about the poor and the weak, they believe that they we desire a smaller government simply for the
sake of keeping more profits for ourselves. The common belief is that we are corporate backing war mongers who enjoy watching people suffer.
The reality is quite the opposite..
Sixteen months ago, Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate
Conservatism." The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.
-- Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on
average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
-- Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.
-- Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that
voted for George Bush.
-- Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.
-- In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5.
Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.
-- People who reject the idea that "government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" give an average of four times more than people
who accept that proposition.
Are Conservatives rich, corporate moneymongers? No .. in fact, we have lower average yearly incomes than Liberals. The absolute vast majority of us
are middle class and rural small town folks. Small business owners and farmers.
Are Conservatives so self absorbed they'd rather keep all their money to themselves? Apparently not..
We assume the rich give more than the middle class, the middle class more than the poor. I've heard liberals care more about the less fortunate,
so we assume they give more than conservatives do. Are these assumptions truth, or myth?
Religious people are more likely to give to charity, and when they give, they give more money: four times as much. And Arthur Brooks told me that
giving goes beyond their own religious organization:
"Actually, the truth is that they're giving to more than their churches," he says. "The religious Americans are more likely to give to every kind
of cause and charity, including explicitly non-religious charities."
There has been a strong sentiment, especially since the rise of the "We Are The 99%" Occupy Wall Street movement, that there is a "rich vs poor"
environment in the USA, and that all poor people should naturally side with leftist ideologies. The fact of the matter is that conservative minded
people abhor socialistic tendencies on a moral basis.. they would rather donate privately, and even give more than their louder hypocritical Liberal
counterparts, than see the Government get a larger share of their income.
Why? Because government is corrupt and ineffective. Whereas Charity helps those in need directly, they assist in all they can to help a person in a
bad situation. Whether it's someone with cancer, a research facility, a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen they will ALWAYS operate more effectively
than the Government.
Also the Government is viewed by many on the right to be morally unsound. To take my money is one thing, for my to give my money is entirely
different. I object to having my money taken from my paycheck and a tiny percentage of it given to medicaid. Yet yearly I average $3,000 in
donations to a cancer assistance charity (they help with medical and house payments for families that have children with cancer). Or my Church
operates a large food pantry.. but in the store if I see a state debit card and a cart full of junk I'm enraged. If I give to a charity I see the
results.. and if they take to much to spend on expenses and not enough is given to people in need, I can change the charity I donate to. But when the
Government wastes money .. there is nothing I can do.
But the facts are plain. Liberals demand more social services and higher taxes. Conservatives demand less. Yet conservatives give far more (30%
more) time and money to charitable organizations than Liberals, who average higher incomes..