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The Politics of Hate and Envy

February 20, 2013

Intellectually, we seem to understand that we should all work together toward a common good.  Our culture is filled with phrases like “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”, “United we stand, divided we fall” or “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and other morally uplifting verbiage. In practice, at least right now, that isn’t happening in our government.

You can’t turn on the TV, surf the ‘net, or read a news article without having the phrase “millionaires and billionaires” thrust into your consciousness, along with “paying their fair share”,   both of which I hope make it onto the 2014 list of banned words and phrases.

The Tenth Commandment that admonishes us not to “covet…anything that is your neighbors” seems to have been transformed in Washington to mean “Thou must covet and confiscate everything that is your neighbors”.

There is another old phrase; “Divide and Conquer”.  It may be a great political strategy, and apparently it was, given the result of the 2012 elections. I wonder how historians will record this time in our history?  Ronald Reagan was nicknamed “the great communicator”.  Will we be talking about the “great divider” or the “great instigator” forty years from now, or are we smart enough to see through all this and move forward?  It really isn’t about “you” and “them”.  It’s about US.

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