Bernie Sanders, the only admitted Socialist in the presidential race, has the following on his Facebook page:
What is your response to this cartoon?
It would seem that socialists truly believe that non-socialists do not care about their fellow-man. Apparently, since socialists believe the way to help people is by taxing the successful and distributing the money to the less fortunate, they have the mistaken idea that this is the best, and possibly the only, way to help people. They really believe that at some point, everyone will become economically equal. I think Bernie Sanders, and his supporters, believe this. Mr. Sanders, and others in his party, have equated government aid with charity.
Here is what our liberal, socialist, neighbors apparently do not get. Conservatives care about their fellow-man just as much and possibly more than do those who want the wealth redistributed. In reality, conservatives have never advocated living lives of indifference to others. The opposite is actually true. Conservatives have a better record of giving than ‘progressive, liberal, socialists.’
Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.
Socialists may not realize this. History has proven that forced distribution of wealth is not the factor that produces a wealthy society. A case for the opposite could even be made. The USSR is our best example of the failure of such a system. They were communist, but communism and socialism are closely related in that both communism and socialism are near opposites of capitalism.
To truly lift up the poor, who will always be with us, as much as can be done in our fallen state, the society that has best done this has operated on the principle of free markets. A free market allows the free flow of goods and services. When the government takes over the means of production, free flow of goods and services is one of the first things to slow down. Read “Ten Hayekian Insights for Trying Economic Times” by Bruce Caldwell.
Only a small amount of research proves that Bernie Sanders Facebook page illustration is disingenuous, to say the least.
Most people care about their fellow-man and will help others. We will find many Republicans and Democrats who care. It is political propaganda to say that the people of either party does not care for others.
Here is an interesting and insightful piece written by Tom Watson that explains it pretty well.
“We found that while both Republicans and Democrats tend to equally value justice and caring for the vulnerable, Republicans place a much higher value on issues of purity and respect for authority,” said Karen Page Winterich, study co-author and assistant professor of marketing at Pennsylvania State University. “Given these differences, Republicans are more inclined to donate to a charity when these values of purity and respect are met, whereas Democrats are more inclined to donate when the emphasis is purely on equality or protection rather than respect or purity.”