Saturday, November 22, 2008

What Does "The Common Good" Really Mean?

Bill Luckey has the solid answer, from a timeless Catholic perspective.

2 comments:

Turfkiller said...

Human Dignity is the Trojan horse in the imposition of religious beliefs through the conscription of government power.

1. We are all socialists now with the recent bail outs. In this case the poor are being robbed to support the wealthy and their “fiat” wealth and all for the common good.
2. Your being robbed is really just paying your fair share of the bailouts, unjust wars, global warming and lack of action on energy independence. Tax cuts actually were one of the factors in creating the latest bubble by making the creation of and carrying of credit ‘fiat wealth’ at an artificially low cost.
3. I came to my conclusions by reading history, the U.S. Constitution and amended laws. In the U.S., you and I agreed in the Constitution and subsequent court rulings that the proper “province of the government” is to keep your religion and or you from imposing your beliefs and values on others. The “Wall of Separation” is to keep you or any one from conscripting government power to impose religious values or religions on others who behave or believe differently. Your only option is producing a Constitutional viable statute and regulations.
4. The Robin Hood theory is comparable to the “trickle down” theory. There is no doubt now (or soon to be) that allowing only the wealthy to thrive impoverishes society and the country. The wealthy in America have not invested wisely. Nobody is robbing them but they need to pay for their fair share. Governments transfer income from taxpayers to infrastructure, people, corporations, farmers, veterans and the unemployed all for the common good. Only the greedy would call paying their fair share of taxes a crime like Joe the Plumber.
5. Beliefs and or “laws which are good for only one segment of society” are permissible but not at the unfair cost or harm of others like the recent tax breaks which have been borrowed on the backs of all.
6. Subsidiarity is found in the Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) of the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Tenth Amendment restates the Constitution's principle of Federalism by providing that powers not granted to the National government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states and to the people. However this is most often used to assert exemptions from federal laws and regulations. This however will not invalidate the right of privacy. There are governmental concurrent, preemptive powers and these are distinguishable from reserved powers.
7. Vatican II and the ‘missing list of positive programs says the unsaid:
a. It’s unlikely that the bishops could have agreed on anything
b. It’s real intent was to free the Church from the stratification, free the Church from the idol of rules. Pope John the XXIII’s message was to let the Church consider the new aspects of the world around it and permit the Church to incorporate the lessons into the daily lives of today’s Catholics and by example into the cultures and lives of others.
c. A few of today’s Bishops are attempting to use the governments of the world as their first resource by conscripting government power to impose their teaching on everyone. They have yet to recognize their failure of incorporating their teachings into the daily lives of today’s Catholics.
8. I conclude that a key word missing in your essay was freedom. Individual dignity requires personal freedom. Democratic governments try to minimize the role of government in the lives of citizens. However your essay ignores two aspects:
a. What if the majority of the people decide to attack the rights of some unpopular individuals or minority groups? Do we attack gays, Jews, blacks or Catholics? Do we allow Mormons to redefine marriage as a union between 1 man and numerous women? Do we allow Jehovah Witnesses to not pay taxes or support the military?
b. Secondly your subsidiarity is meant to underline the governments power to establish justice and insure domestic tranquility. Thomas Hobbes described life without government as “a war where every man is the enemy to every man,” where people live in “continual fear and danger of violent death.”
c. Nor should the Church demand that citizens take over the government and impose their beliefs on others because without freedom, there is no human dignity.

Turfkiller said...

Dr. Lucky has a problem. When confronted with inconvenient questions, facts positions, or too arrogant to disagree, he doesn’t moderate those comments. http://www.drwilliamluckey.com/.

Instead, with one of the most famous historically immoral extreme orthodox Catholic secret incantations, covers his ears with his hands and chants very loudly “la la la la, I DON’T HEAR YOU! la la la la”