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The Age of Envy
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/16/2013 5:24:49 AM

Of the seven deadly sins, envy may not be the wickedest, but it is the most embarrassing. To be possessed by envy is to admit a humiliating personal inadequacy: We do not envy others those attainments that we think we too might achieve, but those we despair of ever possessing. Wrath, greed, pride, lust — all assume a certain self-possession. Sloth and gluttony are practically standard issue in times of plenty such as these. Wrath and pride are the sins of great (but not good) men. Envy is the affliction of the insignificant. It is the small man’s sin. Which brings

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JLoophole, 12/16/2013 5:54:50 AM     (No. 9655619)

I have said since 2008 that Obama feeds on envy. His motivator is envy. His generator is envy. He cannot sell his ideas without invoking the "unfairness" that someone should dare to have more than someone else. Envy is a never-ending, always-rising river. There will ALWAYS be someone with more than you. Always. At what point do you stop envying? The phone stage? The TV stage? The car stage? The boat stage? Maybe the yacht stage? The house stage? The vacation home stage? Obama would not survive without envy. So it must be fomented.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steph_gray, 12/16/2013 7:33:22 AM     (No. 9655689)

The article is about the odious Robert Reich´s envy, but it could have a been about the Obammunist´s for the simple reason that socialism aka communism aka collectivism in any form is the Politics of Envy. It boils down to "I want what you have and therefore I will take it by force."

It´s the most evil philosophy on earth, and I sincerely believe that all evil in the history of mankind can be traced in some way to this belief.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judith, 12/16/2013 7:35:57 AM     (No. 9655694)

I call them pirates. They certainly talk and behave that way.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 12/16/2013 8:31:00 AM     (No. 9655757)

I told my very liberal neighbors before the 2012 election that all we were seeing as a strategy was the politics of envy.

They both gave me a very blank stare due to their total inability to comprehend what I had just said. End of conversation. They are otherwise intelligent people.

Unfortunately, this is becoming one of my lesser concerns.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tnorling, 12/16/2013 8:36:12 AM     (No. 9655764)

Actually, envy is aroused in those who DO think they can (or could) achieve what is envied... "if only..." "he´s no smarter/faster/better ..." etc. If my Mom were Queen Elizabeth I´d be king some day (maybe). But Williamson´s a bit off on his primary assumption.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 12/16/2013 9:32:58 AM     (No. 9655857)

#2 is correct "...that all evil[envy] in the history of mankind can be traced in some way to this belief." In the Old Testament Cain killed his brother Abel due to envy.

It seems to me that Obama has severely distorted the notion of America - that hard work and saving one´s money will enable individuals to get ahead in life - no matter how poor the circumstances of one´s birth. Doctor Ben Carson is a wonderful example of that thinking - and bless his mother´s heart for instilling it in her son. Before him there are many stories of wealthy people having risen from humble circumstances. Those people left a legacy of culture that can be enjoyed by all - such as a museum.

What legacy will Barry leave to America?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 12/16/2013 10:12:36 AM     (No. 9655949)

Yeah, let´s shaft every charity over some bowl games or something. The only point Reich has is the one on the top of his head.

The man is a malevolent conniving dwarf who, even when sounding somewhat reasonable to the casual listener, is merely building the case for yet another liberal power grab.

Some people are simply politically naive, one supposes.

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