The Catholic Church is finally standing up in defense of some of this stuff. Diane, you should know — and the rest of you, too — that I learned a lot during this whole fiasco. One of the things that I learned was the reason the Catholic Church (all the way back to the days of FDR) got roped into the liberal socialist agenda is that they became convinced that welfare was charity, and churches are big on charity. And they thought that it would sound good for them to support massive government wealth-transfer programs, welfare programs, under the guise that it was charity. So the Catholic Church and its hierarchy in this country slowly but surely migrated to socialism, in terms of its political preferences.

Now, not so much the way it dealt with its flock, but outwardly — with its political associations and attachments (i.e. people that they voted for, supported) — under the notion that liberalism is charity, under the notion that welfare is charity. Well, it isn’t. Welfare is the willful absconding of money owned by others and giving it to other people for your benefit, not theirs. Liberals give money to people wanting a payback. The payback is the vote. Liberals are not giving people money to increase their lifestyles or improve their lifestyles. It doesn’t happen, does it? The poor are still poor. The homeless are still homeless. Despite all these great liberal programs, the numbers, the percentages never change.

Liberalism doesn’t solve problems. It doesn’t fix anything. It just exacerbates them. So it isn’t charity. Real charity is targeted to people in genuine need who cannot help themselves. The purpose of welfare is not to help people who can’t help themselves. If I may be blunt, the purpose of welfare is to create as many people as possible who refuse to help themselves because they don’t have to anymore. They’ve got welfare plans. Welfare is robbing Peter to buy Paul’s vote. It’s insidious. It destroys people’s humanity and their dignity. It takes away their ambition, their desires and gives them a life of squalor, under the guise of big-heartedness and charity and so forth.

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