Fox News’s resident Doofus, Rachel Campost-Duffy appeared on the November 29th edition of Fox And Friends to demonstrate how brilliant and insightful she is.
Last time we visited her, she was claiming that face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus were part of a sinister plan to take away our personal liberty, courtesy of the radical socialist Democrats in cahoots with communist China.
This time, she’s back to convince the rubes who watch Fox News, that Pope Francis is a Marxist and part of a sinister cabal to further limit their freedoms because he had the audacity to say the poor and the sick should be treated with dignity.
From Media Matters:
“Well it was sad because for me as a Catholic to be honest,” Campost-Duffy said. “That op-ed came out on the same day we had a huge religious liberty victory in our Supreme Court. And here we had the Pope come out and call those who were, you know, like Cardinal Dolan and other Catholics who were celebrating this, he called it selfish for, you know, standing up for our liberties during this pandemic. And then he started parroting these really creepy globalist slogans. I think he even mentioned “build back better.” He talked about climate change. Never talked about religious freedom. And then started talking – again, going back to our conversation about socialism. He started promoting, as so many other globalists have, this “great reset,” using the pandemic to advance, you know, reordering our economic system. And I would say to you that the problem in America is not capitalism. We know the Pope is a socialist. The problem in America is that capitalism was always meant to be tempered by morality and ethics and that’s what I wish my Pope would step in and talk about that because that’s what’s lacking in America and in the world. Capitalism is a wonderful thing but it does need Christian ethics, you know, Judeo-Christan ethics to temper it.”
The Pope said nothing controversial in his op-ed. He did not parrot any “creepy globalist slogans” like “build back better,” nor did he mention a “Great Reset.”
The first part of the quote Fox And Friends displayed was: “We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis. We need economies that give to all access to the fruits of creation, to the basic needs of life: to land, lodging and labor.”
The remainder of the quote they didn’t show, was: “We need a politics that can integrate and dialogue with the poor, the excluded and the vulnerable, that gives people a say in the decisions that affect their lives. We need to slow down, take stock and design better ways of living together on this earth.”
Only conservatives could take these words – that criticize an economic system that fails to meet the basic needs of its citizens, that calls for an economic system that benefits everyone, that meets everyone’s basic needs to life, that excludes no one – and turn them into a conspiracy, a commie plot to institute “Nazi-style restrictions on American citizens,” and “build prison camps for dissenters who refuse to accept microchips.” They are conditioned to believe this nonsense by right-wing media with scary buzz words like “socialism”, “communism,” and associating them with taking from others, while being conditioned to believe that capitalism is the solution to all of their economic woes.
The government had the opportunity to meet the basic needs of its citizens during the pandemic. It failed. All they could provide was a meager 1,200 in economic relief, and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program – a part of the CARES Act – expires at the end of December. It’s almost a certainty there will be no new aid. The government cares more about helping corporations and the wealthy – giving them billions in aid, while throwing the dogs crumbs – than they do the working class citizen. This is capitalism. This is the economic system that conservatives think is such a wonderful thing, that provides equal opportunity to all. Anyone who dares criticize it as insufficient to meet the basic needs of its citizens, conservatives will inevitably call that person a socialist or a Marxist, even the Pope, who is not a socialist.
From Gant Daily News, “The ‘Obamification Of Pope Francis”:
Denise McAlister, a senior contributor to the Federalist, a conservative online magazine that covers politics, religion, and culture, said the Pope’s “social justice schemes” ( like advocating for the rights of the poor ) are immoral and similar to Obama’s “socialist ideology.”
Anyone who actually bothered to look into Obama’s policies, would know that he was anything but a socialist or a Marxist.
McAlister wrote that Catholics have a responsibility to care for the poor, “but the greatest vehicle for alleviating poverty and deprivation is the very institution of free market capitalism that the Pope now denounces. He says people have a right to land, lodging, and labor,” McAlister told CNN. “When you’re talking about giving to one, you’re talking about taking from another. It’s wrong and immoral for a powerful government to take property from you and give it to another group.”
From The Socialist Appeal – “World Poverty: Capitalism’s Crime Against Humanity”:
Today we produce enough food for 10bn people, while millions starve. Companies and tax havens sit on a cash pile of trillions of uninvested dollars that could be used to revolutionize production, tackle climate change and provide decent and sustainable living conditions for all. None of this is inevitable; it is the product of a system that draws the profit of the few from the poverty of the many. But this can be stopped.
If capitalism is the greatest vehicle for alleviating poverty, there are hundreds of thousands of people who are homeless. Capitalism has not alleviated this problem. It is a symptom of capitalism, not a solution.
People should have a right to land, lodging and labor. This should not be controversial, but it is to conservatives. They can’t seem to wrap their minds around someone less fortunate receiving something without it being taken from someone else, such as the wealthy and the more privileged. They view taxes in the same way, taking from the wealthy and giving it to those lazy welfare moochers.
The Pope said nothing about taking from others when mentioning the basic needs of human beings. If you’re someone who believes that giving to one is taking from another, such as believing that taxes are theft, then you are either stupid or are appealing to stupid people.
Back to Campost-Duffy: The Pope made no mention of the Great Reset, a book by Klaus Schwab, nor did he mention the words build back better. She either didn’t bother to read the op-ed, or lied to convince the rubes that the Pope is a socialist.
Other pet peeves of hers is that he talked about climate change, instead of religious liberty, and criticized anyone who would dare stand up to the tyranny of the Democrats who are threatening to arrest and imprison anyone who believes that COVID is a hoax and that wearing masks are part of a plot to put conservatives in prison camps.
The reason he brought up climate change is because it’s a serious threat, as is the coronavirus. Religious liberty has never been threatened, and has never been under attack, as much as conservatives like to crow that it is.
The Pope said this about those who have refused to follow COVID restrictions: “With some exceptions, governments have made great effort to put the well-being of their people first, acting decisively to protect health and to save lives. The exceptions have have been some governments that have shrugged off the painful evidence of mounting deaths, with inevitable, grevious consequences. But most governments acted responsibly, imposing strict measures to contain the outbreak. Yet some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions – as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom!
There have been 281,253 deaths associated with COVID. Conservatives like Campost-Duffy don’t care how many people die. They’ve proven they don’t care, by urging their viewers to disregard pandemic restrictions as tyranny. Like I’ve previously said, they are complicit in these deaths, and if and when it ever ends, they will cling to their fantasies that the Trump administration handled it admirably, and pretend that Biden had been the one who failed, and acted indifferently.