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Opening Arguments

How would Jesus vote?

Now that it's almost time to say "Vaya con Dios" to Fidel Castro, will Hugo Chavez become the darling of some of this country's leftist "elected dictator" worshipers? With remarks like this, it's almost a sure bet:

His right hand raised, Chavez declared: "Fatherland, socialism or death — I swear it," invoking the Cuban leader's famous call to arms.

Chavez also alluded to Jesus, saying: "I swear by Christ — the greatest socialist in history."

It would be too easy to make fun of such sentiments. "I must have missed the passages in the Bible that talked about the state controlling everything and deciding who gets what help." But the truth is that Chavez' attitude, confusing religion and politics and using the resulting incoherence to sustain a movement of morons, has a long and cherished history in this country.

And just think about it logically. Jesus advocated personal responsibility, both in charity and the path to salvation. He was the first libertarian.


Jon Olinger
Thu, 01/11/2007 - 5:54am

His right hand raised, Chavez declared: "Fatherland, socialism or death

Thu, 01/11/2007 - 8:31am

Yeah, Jesus most certainly would nuke the whales and chortle at curbside recyclers. You go, Jesus!

Leo Morris
Thu, 01/11/2007 - 8:50am

One way to tell when something has become a religion is that people have no sense of humor about it -- or maybe it's that it starts attracting people with no sense of humor. It should not be assumed, though, that all libertarians are against environmental efforts such as recycling. Jesus, don't forget, DID turnt the water into wine.

Thu, 01/11/2007 - 8:58am

And the EPA certainly wouldn't have a semse of humor about that.

Bob G.
Thu, 01/11/2007 - 9:13am

But I'll bet the water company upped their rates after that...LOL!


Thu, 01/11/2007 - 12:50pm

Not sure how libertarian Jesus was re: salvation, at least according to John 15:16.