Redistributing wealth

•ot government's job

Regarding the Dec. 15 letter, "Government's job is indeed social justice":

The writer is correct. The word "provide" does exist in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. This section, however, states the responsibilities of the federal government as they relate to providing for the governance and security of the nation at large. None of the duties in Section 8 can be construed to mean "social justice" on the individual level. The writer does not define social justice, but I imagine it goes like this: Some people have more than others, and that is unfair. Therefore much of that wealth must be confiscated by government and redistributed to those who have less.

Yes, we are indeed a nation built on Judeo-Christian principles, and that is why people historically have turned to family, friends and the church in times of need. However, we have allowed the government to take on that role. Once citizens turned to government for myriad public assistance payments and the many programs for which Social Security has been raided, one of the greatest fears of the Founding Fathers came true: When people realized they could vote themselves money, we would lose this republic. We are there today.

We will indeed lose the soul of liberty and freedom in this country, just as any other nation that tried the concept of "From each according to his ability, and to each according to his need." The writer is rationalizing "social justice," but with the wrong constitution.

ROBERT MCKENZIE

Vineland

Fox is balanced;

MSNBC is biased

Regarding the Dec. 26 letter, " Fox News viewers don't get whole truth":

The opening line of each episode of the phenomenally successful "The O'Reilly Factor" is "You're in the No-Spin Zone and we're looking out for you."

The ratings for Bill O'Reilly's show crush the mean-spirited, left-leaning shows on MSNBC and CNN, etc.

The letter writer, like other Democrats, probably does not view Fox News. It is truly fair, balanced and gives both points of view. Please, just watch one evening. You'll see conservative and progressive views given equal time. Its competition rips Fox, conservatives and anybody else who does not agree with their liberal view. Name calling and demeaning tea party patriots as racist is common on these channels.

This is the new norm in Bizarro world: Democrats, progressives, liberals and socialists using Saul Alinsky's 12 "Rules for radicals." The one used the most is demonize your opponent.

I invite any reader to watch the name-calling on MSNBC shows. When you don't agree with the hosts, they resort to vicious attacks of a personal nature.

The letter writer's source for criticism of Fox is Fairleigh Dickinson University. That source is as fair and balanced as the letter writer's assertions. Please check your own party's honesty and value system before you throw stones at the other side.

After all, didn't the president say we all need to show more civility and kindness toward each other? Let's start here. Let's really work together to get this ship going.

NATE NATHANSON

Northfield