Jesus was the one who told the “rich young man” in the Bible to go and sell everything he had and give it to the poor and then come and follow him. It was in response to an interesting question – “what must I do to inherit eternal life”. The answer is based upon the idea that if you believe that you must and can do something to get what the rest of the scriptures hold out as gift then go for it. Sell everything you have and give it to the poor and follow Jesus and you get eternal life. Well it has never been done and never will be. That doesn’t keep folks from playing around with the concept of the poor and the schemes of redistributing wealth. It is always interesting to find out the charitable contribution of politicians, especially the one who are always deliriously trying to take from the rich and give to the poor. Their charitable gifts are paltry if they exist at all. There is one prominent guy running for office that owns 3, count em, three mansions, and rails about the greed of others and wants to change the nation to socialism. He is not the only one, but the question has always intrigued me as to why rich people would be socialists and try to convince others to basically destroy rich people.
I found an old quote from a guy named Gary Allan writing in something called “The Rockefeller File” (’ 76 Press, 1976) “If one understands that the true nature of socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super-rich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead, it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite.”