The Price of Freedom

2018 April 21
by justrand

If you think about it, most of the crimes committed since time began have been as a result of ENVY.  Going all the way back to Cain slaying Abel because he was envious of God’s affection for Abel.

ENVY for the possessions another person has, for that person’s spouse, that person’s station in life, has led to virtually every type and severity of crime, from adultery and theft, to murder.

Many, if not most, of the wars that took the lives of hundreds of millions since time began also had at their heart some form of ENVY.  Envy of the wealth of another nation, their natural resources, or even just ENVY of their lifestyle.

Once upon a time, children were taught that ENVY was not a good thing, and that going through life envious of everything around you that OTHERS had, was a prescription for sorrow, disappointment, and even madness.

And then along came the modern Democrat Party.  They are, quite simply, the Party of ENVY.

They tell people that “Others” have more or better things than them…and that if only the voters will grant them more & more POWER, they will TAKE what those “Others” have and re-distribute it to THEM!

They tell people that “Others” have “privileges” because of their color or gender……and that if only the voters will grant them more & more POWER, they will ensure that those “Others” are stripped of those “privileges”, and those “privileges” will be granted to THEM!

They tell people that whatever “something” it is that the “Others”  have that they ENVY, then they, the Democrat Party, will make sure that the “something” is instead given to THEM…but of course the Democrats need more POWER in order to accomplish this.

Frankly, in some cases, what people ENVY is the fact that others are happy and content in simply being alive and being free…and so the Democrats promise to restrict the freedoms those “Others” enjoy, and make them as miserable as they are.

Naturally, the Democrats couch all their policies & positions in the name of “Fairness”, “Equity”, “Diversity” and the like.  But in the end it comes down to the Democrats feeding the feelings of ENVY that people have, and promising to address whatever real or imagined wrongs those people feel as a result.  YOU are entitled to whatever it is you want or need…and those “Others” only got what THEY have because of some horrible societal ill, past or present.

Succumbing to the siren song of ENVY in your personal life, is a surefire path to misery.  Succumbing to the siren song of ENVY as a society is a surefire path to despotism and slavery.  Just ask EVERY society that embraced Communism or Socialism, both of which promise everything to everyone…and deliver nothing but misery and tyranny to all but a select few.

Working for what you want & need is hard, and being content with what you have without being envious of what “Others” have is not always easy.  But it is ultimately the Price of Freedom.

  

  

28 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 April 21 6:56 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    I hope you don’t mind me “piggybacking.”

  2. 2018 April 21 7:02 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    https://i1.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2018/04/Gun-Girls-copter.jpeg

    The Ice Girls are great! But some weeks, I hope we can get helicopter girls.

  3. 2018 April 21 7:34 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal –

    A boy and his dog … a girl and her gun.

  4. 2018 April 21 9:01 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Ice girls are ALWAYS welcome! 🙂

  5. 2018 April 21 9:22 pm
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    Eph permalink

    Rand,

    Great post.!

  6. 2018 April 21 9:47 pm
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    Eph permalink

    Almost forgot …

    Turd Palace on suicide watch!

  7. 2018 April 22 8:46 am
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    6 – It’s just beginning of that battle, but it’s hilarious, so would be actually losing again to a guy named Kennedy. 😉

    Pic #3 -redhead; Pic 1 as backup (cause i’ve ruled out redheads in real life, burned too many times; tastes good going down but the after effects are undesirable).

  8. 2018 April 22 11:25 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Looks like I can log in again.

  9. 2018 April 22 12:20 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    My favorite week of the year – first week of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – is about to come to an end. 2-3 games every day.

  10. 2018 April 22 12:26 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    While the elite liberals (Democrats and RINOs) use envy as a weapon, the last thing they want is to improve the lot of the downtrodden. If the downtrodden become self-sufficient, they don’t need government welfare any more. The goal is to create a two-class society with today’s middle class joining the downtrodden.

  11. 2018 April 22 1:19 pm
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    justrand permalink

    bc3b, that’s why they follow this simple process:

    Step 1: convince people they are “downtrodden”
    Step 2: tell them they should be ENVIOUS of those who are not “downtrodden”
    Step 3: tell them THOSE people (and/or their ancestors) are the REASON they are “downtrodden”
    Step 4: convince them that ONLY the Democrat/Socialist Party can TAKE what “those people” have, and re-distribute it to the “downtrodden”

    And each year the Democrats/Socialists find NEW ways that people should consider themselves “downtrodden”…and actively solicit more & more examples of downtroddeness

    the fact that this is encouraging people to fear, hate and ENVY everyone else, and thus is ripping our societal fabric (further) to shreds is inconsequential to the Dems. They just want the POWER!

  12. 2018 April 22 2:59 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    It’s a huge investment of time, 35 min, but I recommend this talk by Victor Davis Hanson if you have the time.
    He tries to wield and even hand as describing trends in California. Lots of excellent information.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgmR_5Hi2fw

  13. 2018 April 22 3:20 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    I have read the Dems are considering “reparations” as a major issue in the November elections.

    If she feels guilty, why doesn’t Nancy Pelosi, who is worth an estimated $100-million, share what she doesn’t need ($90+ million) with the “downtrodden.”

  14. 2018 April 22 4:02 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Good video, JimNorCal,but for those of us who have been following Kalifornia, really nothing unexpected.The only thing that really surprised me was that 150,000 out of 40 million contribute more than half of the state’s income tax revenue.

    Kalifornia is the model of what the elite want for the country and the world – a two-class system.

  15. 2018 April 22 4:45 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    14,

    Hanson’s close was not really that positive. His assumption is that the Pols will come to their senses, which they won’t being a one party state. I fully expect that CA will institute extra-state taxation upon expats. Just because you leave won’t mean they won’t try to tax you.

    Once those rich leave its lights out for CA.

  16. 2018 April 22 4:47 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Good news from yesterday. Mittens finished 2nd in Utah state convention voting. Since niether candidate captured 60% on the convention votr, there will be a public primary.

  17. 2018 April 22 5:14 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog, it’s not the rich leaving Kalifornia that will complete its collapse, it’s the exodus of the Middle Class. “Worker Bees” all want out…ALL of them. As the companies that employ them leave all that will be left will be Silicon Valley, agriculture, and tourism.

    Silicon Valley can leave any time…and they pretty much are.

    Agriculture is being automated, and that which isn’t employs illegals who pay little in taxes

    And Tourism? San Francisco and other places that used to be tourists MAGNETS, are increasingly REPULSING tourists.

  18. 2018 April 22 5:42 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    JR,

    From a service point of view, yes the middle class leaving is bad. But they are mostly tax neutral for the state. Have 20% of those 150k rich leave and the state is in big trouble.

  19. 2018 April 22 5:43 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Agreed. The uber-rich can afford Kalifornia and illegals and homeless aren’t a problem to them. Hansen said those leaving the once-Golden State are in the $75k – $100k income range.

    Am I the only one that sees similarities between Sweden and Kalifornia? In 20 years Kalifornia will be majority-Hispanic and Sweden majority-Muslim.

  20. 2018 April 22 5:46 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Just for Jim,

  21. 2018 April 22 5:59 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Bless you, DrDog!
    Made my day!

  22. 2018 April 22 6:15 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Wikileaks counter sues DNC!

  23. 2018 April 22 7:29 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    I think VDH was making a more subtle point, when he talked about outcomes. He was speaking to a non-GOP audience and he was not slinging red partisan meat. He was doing his best to keep it objective and logical.
    His point was not that there is any short term or political way out of the current one-party state. However, it does contain the seeds of its own destruction. Specifically, the current paradigm relies on enormous taxes, borne only because the upside wealth is also huge.
    Once the SALT deductions wither a lot of people will move out of state and things will begin to unravel due to MUCH lower tax revenues. He might be wrong but that’s his stake in the ground.

    Off topic, Taliban escape vehicle vs A10 Warthog. Who wins? LOL
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiHpYZen-oY

  24. 2018 April 23 6:16 am
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    justrand permalink

    drdog, there is a population “Ponzi scheme” growing in Kalifornia…especially in the southern part of the “State”. MASSIVE housing projects, with attendant shopping malls, roads and services. We go down every few months, and the change in just that span of time is staggering.

    NO new industry is attracting the people who will live in these houses. In fact, industry is LEAVING.

    But increasingly the people inhabiting these houses are part of building the NEXT housing tract and the NEXT mall, etc… If they ever stop building new houses and malls, the Ponzi scheme will quickly start to unravel.

    And that doesn’t even take into account that there is virtually NO water…except what comes south from northern California.

  25. 2018 April 23 6:34 am
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    “I have read the Dems are considering “reparations” as a major issue in the November elections.”

    Why would the dims be dumb enough to piss off the white voters they have left , as they already have the black votes in their pockets?

  26. 2018 April 23 6:48 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    “Why would the dims be dumb enough …”
    Heh, to ask the question is to perceive the answer!
    JR we are seeing huge in fill and redevelopment building here in Silicon Valley too. Lots of office space but most is residential. Projects everywhere, the financial floodgates are open.
    Also, as mentioned in the VDH talk they haven’t done the infrastructure work. No freeway widening. No new aqueducts.
    I think the PTB are waving their hands are transportation issues (“make the populace dense enough and they’ll all ride buses!”) but water is another thing.

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