The political right seems so uninterested in the welfare of others. The argument is always made that "the government has never done anything right," so government programs aught to be resisted, but often I sense a feeling of contempt for the very idea of aiding others who really aught to have to fend for themselves. Is this true about conservatives? If it is, than why? Why do liberals have the appearance of caring more about other people? Why is it the far-left wing who is so obsessed with bringing to light the injustices of american foreign policy (like training death squads in guatamala or what have you) while the far-right wing is concerned most of all with eliminating social programs and owning guns?
Can any conservative explain this to me, because I honestly doubt that conservatives are less moral people in general than liberals. Perhaps it is just hard for me to comprehend because i know many conservatives i consider moral...yet, its true that they seem obsessed with the bottom line and avoiding "handouts" through wealth redisribution. Many seem to feel they are helping the world more by preaching various religions than they would be by donating time or money to lift people out of poverty. Many -my boss comes to mind- who are ex-liberals tell me I'll grow out of my idealism, and that, basically, the world is what it is and you just cant do anything to change the injustice. It's sort of this "There will always be rich and poor, so you might as well be rich," attitude.
I am often reminded of this extremely kind man I really only had conversation with once- an editor for the St. Petersburg times in Florida who lived in the neighborhood of one of my friends and who was hosting a new years party 12 months ago. He said something to the effect of, "Well, I care about money. But conservatives, they really Care about money."He said this without sounding morally superior, to me; rather he just sounded like he was making a statement about two different world perspectives. Is this really true? I see a lot of evidence of it.
this has been a rant.