There is much ado about the 2019 freshman Congress’ high opinion of the practices of Socialism and Communism.
One freshman, in particular, is appearing in many newscasts and has sound bites praising the values of Socialism and its equality while denigrating the practice of Capitalism.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gone so far as to call Capitalism and those who have benefited financially from this way of life as immoral.
Immoral, what does that mean?
Immorality is not conforming to accepted standards of morality. Adjectives to describe immorality include evil, unscrupulous or bad etc.
Cortez doesn’t claim that the people of billionaire status to be immoral, just the successfulness of their business practices and the collection of wealth from said businesses is what is immoral.
Why would Capitalism be immoral? Isn’t it said that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will flock to your door? Why shouldn’t the one who works the hardest and has the best product or service be allowed to collect the benefits of his or her labor?
Her reasoning is that it’s unjust that some are billionaires and others suffer from conditions, “such as ringworm” because they cannot access public healthcare as they reside in a rural area.
Her ideas tend to appeal to the Millennial generation, so a good example of a billionaire that all young people will recognize is Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
Here is an example of a person who lived in a poverty-stricken area, who longed to improve his lot in life. He began with a scholarship to play football for Northern Michigan College and worked for Xerox after graduation.
He later took over a small chain of coffee shops called Starbucks, which then had 60 stores, which has grown to 16,000 stores under his leadership.
His is a definite rags-to-riches story, whose first step to his success today was a desire to succeed and most importantly, EDUCATION. (He isn’t the only one, there are many and I am sure none of their success was given to them.)
Why is this man’s wealth to be considered immoral? No one knows what kind of charity work he may or may not carry out. The money was earned by him, and it is doubtful if his success was won by sitting on the couch holding out his hands and wishing really hard.
The ideas presented by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others who embrace Socialism and Communism spring from an age-old place. This “desire” to see all in equal terms stems from old fashioned covetousness!
The Bible says no one is to covet his neighbor’s goods or spouse.
To covet means to desire what someone else has in deep-seated, all-encompassing way. The coveter is not interested in how their neighbor worked for and holds his goods or spouse. The person of a covetous nature just WANTS what someone else has.
The liberal left is the most easily offended and butthurt division of the United States. Given the definitions and causes stated above, it stands to reason that they must be the most covetous.
Politicians such as New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently gave a speech where he stated, “There is plenty of money in the world, plenty of money in the state, it’s just in the wrong hands.”
Sure, he’s a lightweight in comparison to Governor Cuomo, whose net worth is 5 million, but they are both wealthy.
When does the Mayor plan to pass out his money? Or are his hands, the “right” hands?
When a politician says such things, he incites a covetousness in those who feel that it is unfair for one person to have more than another.
The fact that in a society such as the United States, everyone has the opportunity to achieve given desire and hard work, it is only sloth that can hold anyone back. One may not be successful every time, but everyone has many of the same chances.
So the Right fights principals with the Left because of the deep-seated covetousness in the hearts of those who cannot or chose not to succeed.