In a campaign speech in Vermont on Friday, President Barack Obama quoted the first murderer to argue for several policies involving what some have said amounts to government transferring wealth from one group of citizens to another.
While addressing a crowd of supporters at the University of Vermont last Friday, Obama said a phrase uttered by the first murderer in the Bible was a “value” on a par with hard work and personal responsibility.
“I hear politicians talking about values in an election year,” Obama said. “I hear a lot about that. Let me tell you about values. Hard work, personal responsibility–those are values. But looking out for one another. That’s a value. The idea that we’re all in this together. I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. That’s a value.”
Steven Grant, pastor of Destiny Christian Center in Greeley, says the President is missing a key Bible distinction. “While the scriptures say we are to bear each others’ burdens, a few verses down it says, ‘Every man shall bear his own burden,’ he said. “There are unbearable burdens where we all rally together, but the scriptures do not ever say the government is to bear the burdens.”
The phrase “my brother’s keeper” is taken from Genesis 4 where Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, murders his brother Abel after God refused to accept his sacrifice.
When God asks Cain where his brother is, he replies, “I know not: am I my brother’s keeper?”
While the phrase is frequently used to justify social programs, supporters appear to not notice the phrase was uttered by a murderer in response to a question by God about the murder he had just committed.
Critics of the President have frequently said he is attempting to re-make America in a socialist or Communist image and point to policies such as the recent regulations mandating that religious employers provide contraceptive coverage which includes abortifacients as an example.
Supporters of the President have dismissed such claims as nonsense saying that he is a constitutional scholar who loves the Constitution as much as any Tea Party member.
However, what is interesting is, when the President is saying he is the “keeper” for the American people he may be providing proof his critics are right. The word “keeper” means “one who has possession of anything” which critics say describes his proposals perfectly.
Grant says the phrase “keeper” shows why government should not be distributing wealth through its social programs. “If we allow the government to become the keeper, they become the keeper of the cash more than the issue. For Obama to say the government is the ‘owner’ of the people they help is a perfect example of why the government should stay out of the way and let the church and private entities provide charity services.”
During the speech, Obama argued for a number of proposals that would involve transfers of wealth including providing public schools money for teacher salaries, freezing interest rates on government backed student loans, providing government subsidies for companies developing biofuels, electric batteries, wind and solar power and funding scientists who are researching global warming.
Obama called anyone who denied that global warming was man-made “science deniers.”
Presumably the President includes as “science deniers” a list of over 31,000 scientists including more than 9,000 with PhDs who have signed the Global Warming Petition Project which states:
“There is no convincing scientific evident that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”
While in the past supporters used the phrase “global warming” they have now adopted the catch-all phrase “climate change” which could include cooling and warming. During the 1980’s it was common for climate scientists to warn of global cooling.
The President also took a swipe at the free enterprise system arguing that it does not work and was to blame for the Great Depression and for the current recession under his administration.
“But we also have always understood that we wouldn’t win the race for new jobs and businesses and middle-class security if we were just applying some you’re-on-your-own economics,” said Obama. “It’s been tried in our history and it hasn’t worked. It didn’t work when we tried it in the decade before the Great Depression. It didn’t work when we tried it in the last decade. We just tried this. What they’re peddling has been tried. It did not work.”