Ebenezer Scrooge was no conservative

To the editor:

I don’t have the time or the patience to rebut all of the statements of George Fisher, in his letter of Sept. 9, that accuse the GOP of all things evil in this world; however, I would like to set him straight on one claim that he raises, i.e., that Scrooge is a conservative. (This is a misperception shared by many, unfortunately.)

In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is visited by representatives of a charitable organization requesting “a slight provision for the poor and destitute.” He answers, “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” He refuses to give anything to them. In other words, he says that there are government programs to deal with the problem, so why should he have to contribute to its solution — a distinctly liberal view of the situation.

It is worth noting that Republicans are more generous in charitable giving than Democrats on a regular basis. For example, in the 2012 election, the top 15 states, in terms of the relationship of charitable giving to income, all voted Republican, and the lowest 15 states, on the same measure, all voted Democrat.

To get back to Dickens, Scrooge’s dreams, which is to say his conscience, show him the tragic outcomes of the lack of charity in his life. He awakes a new man, seeing that those about him in need are fully taken care of through his own efforts. In other words, by the end of the story, he has, happily, become a conservative.

John Brittain



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