The politics of envy and division

Hating the rich is the emerging theme of the 2012 election cycle. We will be hearing non-stop references to the excesses of wealthy Americans as Democrats resurrect John Edwards “Two Americas” narrative. It is going to be a relentless hate fest.

Let’s think about it for a moment, shall we?

If Warren Buffet drives a Mercedes, does it mean our Honda Accords and Ford Tauruses are less comfortable? We have air conditioning. We have power windows. We have a stereo. We travel down the road as fast and as easy as the Mercedes. How does his Mercedes diminish our Hondas and Fords?

If Al Gore has two or three mansions, does it mean that our houses are inadequate? Are we still safe and comfortable? How does Al Gore’s extra space diminish our enjoyment of our homes?

If Michelle Obama travels to Barcelona for vacation, is our trip to Yellowstone or Las Vegas now worthless?

How is it that the wealth of others is some kind of a loss for us? The wealth of others does not diminish us in the least, nevertheless, this is the divisive and corrosive narrative that Obama is and will be pushing during the coming year.

Here is a quote worth remembering.

“Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes – one rich, one poor – both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?” ~Ronald Reagan, February 26, 1982, 9th Annual CPAC Conference

This is the alien and discredited theory of the Obama Administration. These are the politics of envy and division.

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3 Responses to The politics of envy and division

  1. Doc says:

    Reagan said it well.

    We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.

  2. Roy Ryder says:

    When you have nothing but failure behind you, all you can do to energize your base is demonize those who oppose you. In this case, the “opponents” are the business class and the wealthy. However, it could easily be Jews, the educated, Ukranians, or any other pesky group that requires extermination (or at least suppression).

  3. Jim22 says:

    Most Americans are weary of the politics of envy and division. It can be overcome by following Reagan’s lead. Make people proud to live in the freest country in the world. Open the economic gates and watch the flood of jobs, wealth, and happiness. Act to stop the anger, envy, and division.

    We are all on the same side.