By Caleb Howe


Liberal host Thomm Hartmann, of Russia Today’s “The Big Picture”, just can’t imagine how you can be a Christian AND a republican. In his above debate with two conservative guests, modestly titled “Lone Liberal Rumblings”, Hartmann takes on Republicans where it hurts! Like a solitary superhero standing athwart sense, Hartmann trots out the old canard that Jesus really was a hippie and that people who oppose democrat welfare policies are really, therefore, ANTI-JESUS!!

… OK, not in so many words. But his argument is the same we’ve heard a million times. It’s the stand-by strawman of every liberal who wishes to appear oh-so-clever. That it is possible to believe in charity and good works without believing in compulsory behavior enforced by the state is something that never crosses this “rumbler’s” mind. Not even when his guests rightly point it out.

Generosity as a virtue is under-practiced, but it is also under-appreciated. And generosity as a obligation of a citizen to his government, rather than his fellow man, is not only highly overrated, but demonstrably ineffective. Or did we all miss when the government’s “War on Poverty” put up its mission accomplished banner?

About 

Caleb Howe is a blogger, tweeter, and owner of shoes. He has been writing at RedState for a decade, and has also been a contributor to AOL’s Political Machine, Mediaite, and the men’s humor website Asylum. Caleb was born in the lost colony of Roanoke and raised by a pack of wild accountants. He has been described as “accidentally funny,” “annoying,” “a right wing nutbag,” and most commonly, “who??” A former graphic designer, web developer, and United States Marine, Caleb is now a full time internet schmuck and gadabout.

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  • 57thunderbird

    Liberals invent these feel good policies based on emotion rather than common sense and they never look back to see the destruction left in their wake.Morons.

    • toongoon

      Didn’t Jesus say render unto Caesar all of your belongings so he could give everybody Caesarcare?

  • TexasPGRRider

    What a timely interruption of the Lady by the host… Just as she seals her case and will Win an absurd argument in such Short Order. Stands to reason tho; gotta fill the time slot with somethin`. Kudos to the Lady

  • Judges718

    How is wealth redistribution from the productive to the unproductive by a centralized corrupt bloated confiscatory tyrannical coercive government compassionate or charitable?

    When Jesus spoke of caring for the poor and the sick, he was speaking to the hearts of individuals. He was not advocating for the tyranny of the state.

    • MizMak

      A clear case of one of mankind’s worst mistakes: creating God in their own image. A Lutheran pastor acquaintance of mine sees Marxism as carrying out God’s purpose on earth. He didn’t react well when I told him that would only happen through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the hearts of men. I didn’t react well that a pastor would not know that.

      • BoSplosion

        It’s no secret that the left’s ultimate goal is always to replace worship of God with worship of the state. And it’s interesting that the only time the left stops attacking Christianity is when they want to browbeat the rest of the country into government theft and redistribution.

  • Patriot077

    Thom Hartmann is such a skeez. Inanity at it’s finest.

  • DHardy

    Conservatives aren’t out killing babies like lefties are doing. It’s to big a deal to have safe sex when it’s so much easier and cheaper and FREE in some cases to kill your child. Ironic how a low life murdering subhuman can discus Faith with anyone..

  • BoSplosion

    Hey, how about a question that actually makes sense: how can you be a Christian if you think it’s OK to electively kill babies in the womb?

    • MMinCC

      BINGO

    • leel004

      or homosexual practices, or Euthanasia, or death camps, or…well you get the message……..

  • 1tootall

    As I recall, the first one to misrepresent God’s revealed word was in the garden of Eden. It didn’t go so well for Satan that day did it? I’m guessing the meeting these libs will have with that same God won’t go much better. Wouldn’t want to be them….

    • lawngren

      (Loud cheering)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkgA2rUAY-o Booker

    What if you’re an Independent, like me?
    Why are they using a belief system that they have no regard for to judge their opponents?

    I think it’s quite clear by now that God is above the institutions of men. Remember what Paul said: “Avoid foolish and ignorant debates.”

  • ApplePie101

    Dogs bark, chickens cluck, liberals talks drivel. I don’t get worked up about it.

  • USMC 64-68

    How can you be a democrat and not be a commie puke?

  • Sandra123456

    How can an abortion supporter and be a Christian?

  • loriannringold

    Really? How Can You Be A Christian if You are a Socialist Marxist? Oh wait, cowards always hide behind something, looks like you’re hiding behind SOCIALIST MARXIST.

  • Thomas Walsh

    God gave each as free will. Charity can’t be forced by government. Jesus, being son of God, would’ve been more associated with the Tea Party.

  • lawngren

    OK, Hartmann, let’s have a “come-to-Jesus” moment,, since you find King Jesus to be so important. I agree that He is important, BTW.

    1) Do you agree that “conspicuous consumption” is baaaad? (Of course, Hartmann, I know YOU aren’t a conspicuous consumer … are you?)

    Jesus had no objection to conspicuous consumption:
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    Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

    But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

    But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” (John 12:1-8)

    Interesting, isn’t it, the reason that Judas who betrayed Jesus was the one who objected … and the real reason for his objection is highly suggestive. Does it apply in your case, Hartmann?

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    Hartmann, do you follow the few simple, basic rules that Jesus listed in this brief conversation?

    Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

    So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

    He said to Him, “Which ones?”

    Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

    The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

    Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Matthew 19:16-21)
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    Hartmann, like millions of other Americans, I’ve been a Christian (a believer in King Jesus, to be precise) for more years than you’ve been alive. You have no business telling me or anyone what Christians should believe or do. You are spiritually ignorant. Stick to something you’re knowledgeable about, if there is any such subject.

  • sjmom

    A better question is: how can a pro abortion, pro gay marriage liberal call themselves a Christian?

    • Dr. Strangelove

      By lying?

      • sjmom

        Well, they can pretend to be a Christian and it may get them by in the earth but on Judgment Day?

        • Chester Simms

          Indeed. They will then realize the true meaning of “The Reckoning.”

          If they could channel Ted Kennedy, they’d find out.

  • sallyjohanna

    Charity is suppose to come from the heart…not forced by government. God wants us to act in his name, in love of God and our fellow man, to grace our souls not line the policy or politics of man made governments. If it does not come from the heart it does not count!

  • tinlizzieowner

    I’ll bet this guy had to google the word ‘Christian’. It’s not like liberals spend a lot of time using the word ;-) ;-)

  • Yazz55

    Expecting a liberal extremist to make a sensible well reasoned statement is insanity.
    They only spew socialist, bolshevik, marxist rhetoric and propaganda, normally based on lies, spin and deception. Frequently, they blame others for what they actually do and stand for.
    Accordingly, the better question would be how can a demokkkrat be considered a christian?

  • Poptoy1949

    I am a Catholic and a strict Constitutional Conservative. So shut the F— Up.

  • Dr. Strangelove

    Why, sure. You can also be a Republican and a commie. Or a gay. Or a prog. Just look at congress.

    • Sentinel

      Excellent. :-)

  • boats48

    How can you broadcast on Russia Today and still be an American?

  • Sentinel

    Let’s take a superficial look at this shall we? The Ten Commandments in part says to worship only God and prohibits: idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, and dishonesty.
    Demoncraps and progressives worship Obama and make him their false idol. Obama also worships a false god (himself and Socialism), blasphemes on a daily basis (to the point where you’ve got to ask, “Does he EVER tell the truth?), he murders – or allows murder (Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc.) and allows harm (ACA, illegal invader amnesty, over regulation, excessive and unfair taxation, etc.), theft and dishonesty (self explanatory).
    I’m not saying any human being is perfect. Only Jesus was perfect. But the hypocrisy of this declaration by animals like this guy are sickening to say the least. If you want to make an ignorant statement like that, it’s more plausible and justified to point the finger at Demoncraps and progressives. The way they enslave and brutalize is beyond sickening. But I’ve found, even though I’ve made the same accusation about Demoncraps and progressives (that they can’t be Christians), that it is wrong to make such assumptions. But I will say this… God and His Holy Spirit give clarity and discernment where the unsaved are guided by The Author of Confusion. And based on their actions and comments, Demoncraps and progressives are mightily confused to say the least (not to mention intentionally malicious, evil, ugly, slanderous…). That’s about as ‘fair’ as I can be about all of this.

  • phil

    Hartman is one of the very few intellectually honest liberal broadcasters i have seen, although i strongly disagree with him, he’s usually answering the question instead of dodging it,

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  • Laurel

    Why should I take this brain dead idiot seriously on any singular topic on planet earth?

    Hartmann has been on the air for years and can only get a small audience because his IQ level is below the earth’s surface.

    He is a hater by every definition of the term and is on my list of ten people I would like punch the most but only because he needs it. His parents failed to teach him critical thinking skills and humility.