The Tenth Commandment - "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's."
It seems God thought this anti-coveting thing was pretty important. After all, he only gave Moses ten rules for the people to follow, and the rule against coveting made the cut. Why ? Well, for one thing, if everybody was running around coveting the possessions of everyone else, it could lead to some pretty bad outcomes. Coveting, aka envy, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins for a reason. A world full of coveters is a world full of resentment, and that eats at a person like a cancer. God's anti-coveting Commandment goes a long way toward preventing the breaking of other Commandments, such as - Thou Shalt Not Steal and Thou Shalt Not Murder. It also keeps your neighbor's hands off your wife, the No Adultery Commandment. In the world of criminology, coveting is known as THE MOTIVE.
Because criminology instantly brings politics to mind, I should note that the covetous in politics are easily identifiable. They are the ones always pouting about things not being fair, much like six-year-old children do when you tell them they can't have any more ice cream. "That's not fair," the child cries. "Billy's daddy lets him eat two Klondike bars !" The parent's invariable answer to this is either, "then maybe you should go live at Billy's house," or the more old-school "life's not fair, get used to it" philosophical gem. I'm not sure if the "life's not fair" lesson is used so much these days, with all the emphasis we put on promoting unearned feelings of self-esteem among our glorious little tykes, but to my way of thinking, "life's not fair" is right up there with the Golden Rule in the pantheon of great advice. If you go through life thinking it's supposed to be fair, you're going to be one greatly disappointed and resentful little coveter. You will never be happy, because life can never be fair. It's an impossible standard, and therefore unattainable.
Promoting covetousness does, however, make for some damn fine political hay. The art of politics isn't really about governing the nation. The nation doesn't need THAT much governing, just a little law and order and some basic common sense. The people can handle the rest. The art of politics is really about dividing people into warring camps and then whipping them up into an angry frenzy. If the Democrats can drum up the most frenzied anger, they win. If the Republican do, then they win. Right now, it looks like the Republicans are the angriest. That's bad news for the Democrats in this election cycle. In 2006 and 2008, it was just the opposite. The Democrats had the anger working in their favor, so they won. Usually, the angriest party is the one that's out of power, which is due to it's coveting FOR power, along with the fact that whichever party is IN power fails miserably most of the time. It's not a matter of IF a political party will fail, it's a matter of WHEN. The country usually continues on IN SPITE of the politicians, not because of them, though the politicians certainly don't want you to know that. It would ruin everything.
I have to digress a moment to plug my main political tribe with a quote from political satirist P.J. O'Rourke:
"Think about how we use the word “politics.” Are office politics ever a good thing? When somebody plays politics to get a promotion, does he deserve it? When we call a coworker a “real politician,” is that a compliment? Politics stink. And to my mind, libertarianism is a room deodorizer. It’s trying to keep that bad smell of politics out of home, school, and office."
Indeed. That government is best which governs least, according to founding father Thomas Paine. Given the slimy, dishonest nature of politics, why would we ever want more of it than is absolutely necessary ? Heck, if the government got too big and powerful, we might get 2,000 page long unconstitutional bills that nobody ever read or could comprehend if they did read them, bills that gave the already powerful government much MORE power over us. I mean, you know, that COULD happen, um, in theory. It hasn't happened yet THIS week.
Getting back to covetousness, politicians promote it as if it's their lifeblood, probably because it is their lifeblood. The goal of covetous politicians, as I stated previously, is to divide the public by almost any means necessary in order to acquire power. They lie, cheat, and manipulate the public in the attempt to make their army larger than the opposing army when election time rolls around. Covetous politicians pit rich against poor, black against white, blue collar against white collar, union against non-union, religious against non-religious, young against old, government against business, etc.,....in other words, promoting covetousness is the actual game plan of liberal Democrats and other left-wing groups. Their covetousness leads them to constantly cry "that's not fair !", and causes them to embrace immoral beliefs like theft (though they don't call it theft. That wouldn't fly, so they call it 'redistribution of wealth.' I'm waiting for liberals to redefine armed robbers as 'individual wealth redistributors'). They embrace illegality (though they don't call it illegality. That wouldn't fly, so they use terms like 'undocumented workers'). They embrace discrimination (though they don't call it discrimination. That wouldn't fly, so they call it 'affirmative action'). They embrace unconstitutionality (though they don't call it unconstitutionality. That wouldn't fly, so they call it the 'ObamaCare insurance mandate'). They embrace irrationality (like bitching about Bush's debt runup while making excuses for Obama's much larger debt runup). They even embrace murder (check out how many millions of people were slaughtered by left-wingers in the 20th century, not to mention that being "pro-choice" is about a little more than merely women's rights. It's also about the right to life, an idea important enough to be included in the most famous sentence in the founding document of this country. "We hold these truths to be self-evident...").
When the public is walled off into their own little interest groups, and every group is resentful and blaming the other group, that's when liberal Democrats do their best. If you don't believe me, just watch their campaign ads. The Democrats actively promote hatred. They know it works for them. They're calling Republicans racists, fascists, sellouts to the rich, anti-worker, anti-middle class, haters of the poor, religious fanatics, etc. They'll say ANYTHING to keep us divided. They LOOK for ways to keep us divided (i.e., illegal immigration isn't about illegality to them. Instead, they make it about bigotry to keep the hate fires burning). To put a spin on Rev. Jesse Jackson's old slogan, the liberal motto is Keep Hate Alive. It sure as hell ain't about Hope And Change, or, heaven forbid, post-partisanship. None of the politicians really want that. They want hyper-partisanship. Listen to Obama. See how post-partisan he sounds now. His post-partisan jive is gone with the wind, not that it ever existed in the first place. He just used the idea to get elected. To a liberal Democrat like Obama, 'post-partisan' is synonymous with 'do what I want.' You don't have to take my word for it, just listen to Obama complaining repeatedly about how the "party of no" is "blocking progress." All that means is, Republicans disagree with Obama. In Obama's mind, post-partisanship would be when they don't. If you believe in democracy, you better hope that day never comes.
The kicker is, after all these different methods liberals use to divide the country, guess what they say about a grassroots conservative movement like the Tea Party ??? Why, they call it DIVISIVE, of course. Kettle meet tea pot.
If it seems like I'm singling out liberals here, that's only because I am. They are not only covetous and filled with hate, they are smug and condescending as well, a bad combination of traits for what is rapidly becoming a raving pagan horde of false idol worshippers (and I'm not talking about religion here). All I request is a little courtesy while they go about their business of tearing apart the fabric of American society and replacing it with top-down government tyranny, led by liberals, of course. That shouldn't be too much to ask.
I guarantee every liberal reading this is thinking I'm off my rocker. Liberals know the Republicans are really the divisive ones, not them. Heavens no. Liberals think they are the good people, and it's the Republicans who are the bad ones.........while it never dawns on liberals that such thinking proves my point exactly.
P.S. - See you all at the end of next week when I get back in town. I'm going to Vegas to do some gambling,...like...a...covetous...pagan. Aw, rats. There goes my moralizing high ground. Oh well. Just do as I say, not as I do...like I'm Al Gore.
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