â€œ[W]here [does] all this talk of rich equaling $250,000 a year, a million a year â€¦ start? What right does Obama have to sit there and proclaim that people who earn X are gonna be punished with Y, people who earn less than X wonâ€™t be punished with Y? â€¦ Looked at within the prism of liberty and freedom, as our founding documents spell out, the Declaration, the Constitution, in nowhere in any of our founding documents was it ever said that people earning X would be punished for it. It was never said in our founding documents that people earning X would share a greater burden of funding the government than people who didnâ€™t. â€¦ [A]ll this is nothing more than a direct attack on liberty, a direct attack on freedom and it creates class envy and resentment and anger between the classes, between people of different income groups. (Rush Limbaugh, PatriotPost.US, Nov. 8, 2010) In his astute analysis, Limbaugh correctly perceives not only the connection between envy and loss of individual liberty but he sees that some degenerate individuals, such as Obama, deliberately foment envy in their pursuit of personal power. In the hands of such people, envy is wielded as a weapon of mass destruction.
That envy is one of Socialism's primary attractions was noted by Ludwig Von Mises:
"What pushes the masses into the camp of socialism is, even more that the illusion that socialism will make them richer, the expectation that it will curb all those who are better than they themselves are."
Source: Mises, Ludwig Von, 1962, The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science, 2nd Edition, Source: Mises, Ludwig Von (1962). Foundation of Economic Education: Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. p. 123
Envy is mankind's most powerful, destructive, and dreaded emotion. From before the dawn of history, envy---known as the Evil Eye---has negatively impacted millions of people all over the world in every era.
Early Church Father St. Cyprian (circa 250 AD) devoted an entire treatise to envy. Cyprian equated envy with self-destruction, for the man who gives in to envy reduces (destroys) himself as he struggles against his brother with murderous intentions.
Cyprian lists the many envy tales of Scripture: Lucifer, who envied man for being made in the image of God, kills himself while seeking to kill man; Abel and Cain, Jacob and Esau, David and Saul, and finally Jesus Christ and the Jews.
Envy said Cyprian, is a "gnawing worm of the soul" and "rust of the heart" from which countless other vices (sins) develop. The envious, being tormented by the good of others, transfer their own resentment, hate, and covetousness onto the object of their Evil Eye in order to morally justify the evil they intend to do to their intended victim. Thus the envious set traps for the intended victim to fall into, after which they cover their tracks with hypocritical praise of the victim's downfall. Thus we can see that there is no truth or love in the envious, for they are haters, liars, hypocrites, ill-wishers, and deceivers.
St. Basil the Great (circa 370 AD) said in his Homily 11 Concerning Envy, that envy is of the devil , hence there is no worse vice than envy.
J.R.R. Tolkien masterfully depicted this most fearsome vice in its' every malevolent manifestation with his character Grimma Wormtongue. As Grimma's Evil Eye falls upon the valiant, courageous Eomer, the miserable Wormtongue transfers his own evil upon the object of his envy, thereby conceptually reducing Eomer to Wormtongue's below-basement level. He then accuses Eomer:
"Do you not see that your uncle is weary of your malcontent?...your warmongering?"
In contemporary America we have forgotten the fearsome meaning of envy, notes Helmut Schoeck in his treatise on envy. Modern man, noted Schoeck, must forget envy in order to have the conspicuous consumption that fuels our economy. (Envy. A Theory of Social Behavior, 1970 ed.)
Though modern man has forgotten envy, its malevolent voice nevertheless speaks in terms of, "redistributive justice," "fairness" "social justice" "sustainability" "need for population control" "gender equality" and in accusations such as "hate, homophobia, racism, and heterosexism" for example.
Because envy resents virtue, it celebrates weakness over strength, depravity over integrity, degeneracy over decency, lies over truth, cowardice over courage, the abnormal over the normal, and the crooked over the straight. In light of this, it came as no surprise that America's legions of the envious celebrated the recent downfall of a Georgia megachurch pastor, whose fall one withered envier hypocritically praised as "taking guts." (source: http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2010/11/12424/)
What is euphemistically called "gayness" however, is really a collection of self-destructive impulses such as fetishism, sodomy, bestiality, pedophilia, pederasty, coprophilia, and sado-masochism.
"Gayness" has in common with all other vices that it begins as an impulse which whenever given into, grows stronger, more urgent, and finally compulsive.
For instance, lying is an impulse that becomes compulsive the more one gives into the impulse to lie. The compulsive liar is a pathological liar. Pathologies are destructive of social goods. Trust for example, is a social good (virtue) because it builds necessary social cohesion. In that lying destroys trust it is a social pathogen. The greater the number of pathological liars in any society, the more society itself suffers and breaks down.
That the Evil Eye is gladdened by the downfall of those who are under its' malevolent, burning gaze is evident in the "coming out" story about the pastor. Married with four children, Pastor Jim Swilley, 52, finally caved in to one or more gnawing, bad impulses and thereby destroyed his good name and his marriage. He has betrayed his vows, his wife, and his children. He has betrayed his congregation and destroyed his career, most likely. And all of this wreckage, both personal and social, is cause for unholy celebration among America's legions of Grimma Wormtongues, who are made glad by infidelity rather than fidelity, promiscuity rather than monogamy, unfaithfulness rather than faithfulness, lies rather than truth, cowardice rather than courage, and disease and death rather than good health and life.
Envy takes us beyond "right versus wrong" to a morally-inverted world of dog-eat-dog "survival versus destruction." Where in the America of yesterday, Biblical morals regulated permissable expressions of envy, today's god-free, moral-free America promotes unregulated expressions of envy, hence envy has become America's governing principle...a principle which we know today as political correctness.
Where once the morally-informed, the courageous, the honorable, the just, and all men of integrity, were esteemed and emulated, in contemporary upside-down America, the very opposite is true. And because envy kills and destroys, the rampage of this fearsome vice will not cease until America, freedom, and everything else that's good has been destroyed.