As Pope Francis comes more and more out of the Progressive Closet he begins to gain more and more pushback from the Rightwing who have long claimed that their Unrepentant Greed was Godly.
Unfortunately it isn’t, and the Pope has been most clear on this.
“As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems,” the pope said in the 224-page document that essentially serves as his official platform.
And the response has been truly amazing. For example Palin’s overreaction to the Pope’s statements on Twitter actually made her do something she seems to never done before. (Except for one other time to John McCain for possibly, maybe, making him LOSE!)Apologize.
She didn’t apologize for TrooperGate. She didn’t apologize for “Refudiate”. She didn’t apologize for quitting in the middle of her Term as Governor of Alaska. She didn’t apologize for defending Dr. Laura’s N-Word use with “Don’t Retreat, Relaod! She didn’t apologize for her BLOOD LIBELaccusations.
But she apologized to the Pope. I think something unique and different is going on here.
The Pope’s comments apparently got deeply under the skin of Fox Business Host Stuart Varney.
“Capitalism, in my opinion, is a liberator,” he said. “The free choice of millions of people is the essence of freedom. In my opinion, society benefits most when people are free to pursue their own self-interest. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. When individuals are free, we collectively are better off in every way, financially and spiritually.”
It doesn’t seem to matter to Varney that the Pope didn’t criticize “People’s Freedom or Self-Interest” – he criticized The Markets. He criticized the manipulation of those markets using financial speculation. It’s not an accident that Varney gets this wrong, because he’s a knave. A lapdog of the Markets. His job is to make sure that his True Religion – Unfeterred Greed – is never questioned, never criticized and if it is that persons veracity and character has to beDestroyed.It just becomes a little difficult when that person – Is the Holy Pontiff.
See how he tries to rewrite and redefine the Pope’s words for him.
“I go to church to save my soul,” Varney said. “It’s got nothing to do with my vote. Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized negatively that system. I think he wants to influence my politics.”
A political system? He criticized a Political System? No actually, he didn’t. He criticized aFinancial System, by putting that system into a Moral Context. A context in which it is sorely, severely lacking. Politics is about how people make choices in who their Political Leaders will be. In this case Varney is confusing Politics with Finances, and not hardly by accident.For years we’ve been hearing from the Right-wing how the U.S. is a “Christian Nation”. How we should and must let our Christian Value guide how we vote, and how we govern. That such considerations are what drives the anti-Choice movement, and the Prayer-In-Schools movement and the Creationist/Anti-Science movement – yet when the Head of the Largest Christian Organization in the World says that our financial systems should have a moral component.
- A Progressive Pope is Driving the Wingnuts Batty (ripley8.newsvine.com)
- Pope Francis drives the wingnuts batty (susiemadrak.com)
- Fox Business host Stuart Varney lectures Pope Francis about capitalism (rawstory.com)
- Stuart Varney Admonishes Pope Francis (crooksandliars.com)
- Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics to shreds in new policy statement (rawstory.com)
- Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics (beavercountyblue.org)