Of course not. I guess I should say that they’re no more or less good or evil than the rest of us. The same could be said about stock brokers, hedge fund managers and CEO’s. They’re just people. Yet, in the current political and economic climate, they are taking a rhetorical pounding from the left. The right does the same thing targeting unions, lawyers, academics and the like.
Here’s the thing. If you choose your villain of choice, be it Rush Limbaugh, the Koch Brothers, George Soros, Michael Moore, and put them in a situation where they are personally faced with a moral choice, chances are, we’d all do the same thing. We wouldn’t let a child starve or die because of the inability to pay a medical bill. The people cheering the death penalty or the prospect of letting an uninsured person die at the recent GOP debates would not behave that way when confronted with such questions on a personal level.
I don’t believe that most people would turn away from human need when confronted with it on a personal level, but those same people, which is to say us, , are doing just that on a societal level. How do those two statements tie together? Well, I think that we as individuals live in a landscape full of structures of injustice that make ordinary people do and say things that they never would in person.
I’d write more, but I’m really tired. But the next time you are faced with a political choice regarding human need, ask yourself this. If you were faced, on an intimate level, with a starving child, would you vote against aiding that child simply because the proposed solution does not align with your political beliefs? I doubt it.