by John Ellis
Last spring, I wrote an article for PJ Media titled, “I Want Fast Food Workers to Make $15 an Hour.” (You can read that article here.) My thesis was that the government needs to stop interfering with wages so that wages can rise and that we conservatives need to change our rhetoric. Since economics isn’t a zero-sum game, people aren’t scrapping over just one pie. If the government would stop taking the means to produce more pies, the pie makers would be able to make enough pies for everyone. Furthermore, while conservatives have the right economic message, the ways in which we often talk about it is self-defeating. In all, my article was an anti-raise the minimum wage article, something I explicitly stated in the article, and I picked the $15 an hour amount for the title because that’s the figure that those protesting for a minimum wage hike were using.
To my surprise, many of the conservative readers of PJ Media took umbrage at my “virtue signaling” and accused me of being an ignorant leftist stooge. At the time, I wondered if maybe I had been unclear in the article. As a test, I sent it to several friends and asked them what they thought I was trying to say. They were all able to restate my thesis. That’s not to say that the article couldn’t be better written and the arguments tighter. But, this was the article where I began to realize that many online readers skip straight to the comment section after reading nothing but the title, or, read to be angry and not for understanding the thesis. Since then, I’ve become accustomed to the angry comments left by those who didn’t bother to comprehend or even read the article.
My latest article titled, “America Isn’t a Christian Nation … Therefore, Americans Don’t Have a Right to Health Care,” is another article in which I am fully expecting to be lambasted as a liberal traitor. On one hand, that makes me sad, because I do believe that I have something to say that should be heard by many Christians living in America. On the other hand, it’s the price for doing business on the internet.
If you do choose to click on the article linked below (and I hope that you do), I ask that you read what I wrote and not what I didn’t write. As Christians, our personal ethics should be determined by God’s definitions of righteousness, holiness, and justice, and not by how those things are defined by whichever political party we tend to support or even whichever man-made political/economic theories we believe work best in a fallen world.