Freedom vs. Free Stuff: Why are some areas more charitable than others?

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Those who listen to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama most likely believe think that Republicans hate the poor, that people who oppose raising taxes on the rich are greedy and don’t want to help those in need, and those opposed to Obamacare don’t care about sick people – right?

While those are all great surface-level talking points for a Democrat trying to win an election, they’re wildly inaccurate.

The latest in a long line of evidence disproving this comes from a recent study showing that red states give more to charity than blue states:

“It seems those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities.

While a recent Democrat ad had a conservative government pushing granny over a cliff in her wheelchair, it turns out Red states, those with a Republican/Independent conservative base, are more generous to charities.

Conversely, the surveys shows those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities according to a new study published Monday.

Eight states that supported Sen. John McCain over Barack Obama gave highest share of their income to charities. Conversely, the seven least generous states went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The study was done by Chronicle of Philanthropy from its latest survey of tax data from the IRS for 2008.

Residents in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia, all backers of McCain in 2008, gave the most to the needy. Utah topped the charitable list at 10.6 percent of income.

The states that gave the least to charitable causes are Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire – all Obama supporters in 2008.”

This morning on radio, Glenn analyzed this survey from a different angle than most people will.

“The eight states that gave their highest share of their income: Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia, Idaho, what do they all have in common?” Glenn asked this morning.

They’re all religious states.

Glenn reminded listeners that we have a choice: freedom or free stuff. As Americans look at the problems that lie ahead and the choices the tough choice that will have to be made, the places in the country with the most charitable giving are the areas that will maintain freedom.

“You better live around like-minded people,” Glenn told listeners, “because those in New England will be the first to despair. They won’t see the charity in their own circle…The states won’t be able to take care of it people will have to learn it all over again.  They’ll have to learn I am my brother’s keeper not the government.  As these states become more and more desperate they will claw for more and more free stuff which will cause them to be less and less free.”

“I think you should look at this poll in a way of where to live,” he added.

Glenn, who has lived all over the country, most recently Connecticut and New York City, knows first-hand that the south and the mountain west are the places where he is surrounded by like-minded people that take care of each other.

“They will fight the hardest for freedom,” Pat added.

“If you look [at the study], the regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not,” Glenn emphasized. “Two of the top states Utah and Idaho have a high percentage of Mormons, who have a tradition of tithing.  And the rest of the top 10 is the Bible belt. That tells you something.”

Not only does this study give insight to where like-minded people are, Glenn noted that it also tells us why Americans should be standing firm for the Biblical principals in America’s founding and not fold to the increasing attacks on Christianity around the country.

A second study Glenn used to back this up is a list put together to help college professors understand the people they’re about to be teaching. The latest is for students entering college this fall – the majority of which were born around 1994.

“Kurt Cobain, and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead. And they have always lived in cyberspace.  This one is amazing.  I don’t know why this is true.  The Biblical sources of terms such as “forbidden fruit,” ”the writing on the wall,” ”good Samaritan,” and “the promised land” are unknown to most of them,” Stu read from the list.

The terms from the Bible are what Glenn was touching on by bringing up this list.

“Most of them are no longer being taught the Bible,” he said. “We are not teaching the Bible.”

Glenn noted the ramifications of a generation not understanding the meaning of these terms.

“Forbidden fruit – so in other words something that looks delicious might be delicious to the taste.  Might smell good, might seem to be good.  It might seem to be good for you, but it’s forbidden because it unlocks door you do not want to unlock,” Glenn said. “The forbidden fruit if you can’t understand that story of forbidden fruit.  How do you teach?  There are some things in capitalism you don’t go down that road.  It might seem like a good deal.  The business school doesn’t teach this.  Do they make money in the end or not.  Sometimes it’s the forbidden fruit.”

An entire generation was changed by one politicians definition of what sex is just a few years ago with Bill Clinton, it’s concerning to think about the effects these factors will have on this generation on young adults. Looking at the states are Glenn mentioned from the study on charity and the concentration of religious individuals living in them,  the growing attack from the media and the far left on conservative Christians is not likely to take the country in a positive direction.

“Think of a society, of what a generation becomes, without these phrases and knowing what they mean.”



  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected
    knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten
    the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

    This is happening today, as we see the derth of knowledge passed onto the children in matters of God; of His teachings and instructions and path unto life with Him and Lord Jesus.

    They are destroyed for lack of knowledge: As to what is right and wrong, there is no solid and true foundation of morality and integrity for many to hold onto and know, to have as a base that will not yield to lies and temptations.

    Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being MY priest…
    Those who are in positon to teach, as established by Gods will and plan for all of us, bear the duty to pass on the knowledge of him. In their failure to do so, deliberate and willing choice to do so, they shall in turn be held to account for this before God Himself.

    In rejecting their duty to Him, so He warns, I shall reject you.

    The day we fully forget the law of God, the Commandments, is the day God rejects this nation unto his full and deserving Wrath.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Glenn – true generocity comes from a love of our fellow mankind, as we are led by the Spirit of God to do; some donate money, others time and help, others needed clothing and such as well; this is the true showing of faith in and of God and Jesus, the proof of our faith by good works in union.

    The government in this manner is a system built to bind and make captive; by building a system that emeshes people into ‘stuff’ and ‘dependancy.’ Thus they forget the true generocity of God and His people, how it came about and who we are.

    There will come a time when people have to choose which way to go; helping one another or to depend on the government til the day they say ‘you belong to me, captive.’

    • Cheryl C. Marrero

      I think my state shifted with heavy industrialization, which brought a large blue collar workforce, which brought in Big Labor. Now, that the industries have all but fled the taxation, the Democratic/ Progressive slant is perpetuated in the fact that 79% of our population is urban.

  • Rahm Kota

    Don’t store your treasures on earth. Why does this nation care about stuff? No one gave free hand outs to our forefathers but yet they were having a hard time starting this country up with their sweet, blood, and hard work. Handouts don’t help anyone but enslave groups of people who now vote liberals why because they get free stuff from them even if half of them disagree with their ideology. This country used to be the land of the free but now we are the land of the slaves because we enslave ourselves to big government by taking these handouts that they give us. Not try to bring people down who have no other choice but the ones that do have a choice you the ones I am talking to.

  • new2la

    To Obama and his band of thugs/thieves:   keep your stuff, I’ll keep my freedoms.

    • greywolfrs

      Amen, brother.

  • greywolfrs

    Well, I will take the freedom over stuff any day. With freedom, I have the ability to get the stuff. With stuff, I get told when, where and how, No thanks. I do not need the government to protect me from myself. I do not need the government to “help” me. I am perfectly capable of helping myself.

  • Michael Doolittle

    I know this story is kinda old now but I felt I needed to say something. I come from one of those NE States. It’s always amazed me as a student of history that the States which were founded by some of very religious people, who not only embodied but wrote into the Constitution those same ideals and values which we find ourselves defending today, are the States which seem to have move the farthest away from those values politically in modern times. I think my state shifted with heavy industrialization, which brought a large blue collar workforce, which brought in Big Labor. Now, that the industries have all but fled the taxation, the Democratic/ Progressive slant is perpetuated in the fact that 79% of our population is urban.
    In my State there is little difference (aside from town politics) between a Democratic politician and a Republican politician. (There is no clear line between Blue or Red it’s really a vague morass of purple.) However, there is a very clear line between the Democratic and Republican citizens. This is where I feel Glenn’s over generalization breaks down. From a satellite view looking down on the states, I agree with his points, but with a closer zoom, he is dead wrong. Those of us outside the urban centers would fit very well in ANY of his red religious states. We know how to take care of our own and our neighbors AND very much prefer that government stay out of our lives. So while Obama may have claim to our cities, in the “sticks” where I live, we still think Reagan is President.

  • Anonymous

    Re: Glenn’s last comments on young Americans—yes, it is very sad that they do not seem to

    know much about the Bible.  Too many ”electronic” distractions, I guess.  And many families no

    longer attend church anymore.  That’s sad too.  Where are the children learning good moral

    behavior?   Certainly NOT from TV and the movies or doubtful that they go to faith based sites

    on the internet.  Again, sad.          America, they are your future.

  • new2la

    “There have been many wise warnings that freedom is seldom lost all at once. It is usually eroded away, bit by bit, until it is gone. You may not notice a gradual erosion while it is going on, but you may eventually be shocked to discover one day that it is all gone, that we have been reduced from citizens to subjects, and the Constitution has become just a meaningless bunch of paper”
    Thomas Sowell
    Daily Breeze
    Tuesday August 21, 2012

    I thought it important to share this paragragh in the editorial pages……Dr. Sowell voiced my very own thoughts so eloquently.

    • greywolfrs

      That’s a good quote and very true.

  • Anonymous

    Flat Rock, AL. community center is working together with eleven local churches to feed two hundred families today. No help from the government is needed, people here take care of one another in all times of need.

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