Social Darwinism, Not Christianity, Is What Guides The Modern GOP
The so-called party of family values, religious freedom and Christian morals rarely meets the standards that one would think such principles would require, but it comes as no surprise given that the Republican Party is guided more by the principles of 'social Darwinism' than anything remotely Christian.
Social darwinism misapplies darwinian evolution to how societies should be run. It posits that free markets are perfect , and that the social safety net should not exist for those who unable to compete. The ideology has been linked to fascism and imperialism.
Capitalism by its very nature rewards those who are worthy and punishes those who fall behind, according to conservatives. Therefore, taking from the wealthy to assist those less fortunate is messing with the natural workings of the marketplace.
With legislation like the Republican tax plan, conservatives don’t see it as an upward redistribution but a return to the natural laws of social Darwinism — where “capitalism rewards the smartest and most deserving among us.”
As New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait put it in 2017 piece: “Conservatives believe programs that tax the rich and benefit the poor illegitimately meddle with the natural and correct distribution of wealth produced by the marketplace.”
The 2017 tax law restored the natural order of things, in conservatives’ eyes.
Though President Trump’s most visible “ideology” appears to be self-enrichment, he too clings to the values inherent in the philosophy of Ayn Rand, believing that some people simply have “it,” others do not, and tough luck for those who don't.
Chait noted Trump’s remarks in a 1990s interview, where the then-real estate mogul said he could not end up like other poor people, even if he had been born into a family with far lesser means.
“The coal miner gets black-lung disease, his son gets it, then his son,” Trump said during an interview. “If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines. But most people don’t have the imagination — or whatever — to leave their mine. They don’t have ‘it’ … You’re either born with it or you’re not.”
This thinking permeates the president’s administration, as well — this notion of economic status as a matter of natural determination, stripping the well-off of moral responsibility.
Vice-President Mike Pence explains that the administration’s health-care plan supports the promotion of “personal responsibility.” Kellyanne Conway implies that only an unwillingness to work would cause an able-bodied adult to have trouble affording health care: “If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they’ll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do.”
Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, allowed that while people who “get cancer” should have a “safety net,” “that doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly, and gets diabetes.”
Christian principles do not support such statements, as the Bible clearly blends the idea of personal responsibility with helping those less fortunate in various ways.
It is social Darwinism that champions such views. Any claim to the contrary merely reveals the depths of Republican hypocrisy and deception.