Opinion: God said don't covet, AOC makes it an art form

by Peter Heck · Jan 23rd, 2020 4:16 pm

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the 10th Commandment isn't a personal favorite of New York's socialist representative Alexandra-Ocasio Cortez.

It's interesting to consider that when God gave His Ten Commandments to Moses, He only included one that legislated against thought. While the first nine commands explicitly forbid particular behaviors, the tenth and final rule – You shall not covet – resolutely forbids particular thoughts. And, as with everything God does, there's a good reason. Coveting is at the heart, it is what ultimately motivates the very immoral behaviors that many of the other commands embody.

That might just be why in the history of mankind, the practice of stoking class envy (coveting, and encouraging others to covet) has never resulted in economic prosperity, security, or flourishing for any society, any people, at anytime, anywhere in the world. If the Moral Authority of the universe condemns a thought, after all, we really shouldn't be surprised to find He doesn't bless those who embrace and promote it.

But perhaps unsurprisingly, the socialist spokeswoman for America's millennials thinks she knows better, offering a full-throated endorsement of class envy in a recent interview.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) again lashed out at the wealthy on Monday, this time during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day discussion with author Ta-Nehisi Coates, during which she claimed that billionaires did not earn their fortunes, but instead "sat on a couch" and "made that money off the backs of undocumented people, black and brown people, and single mothers" earning "slave wages."

As a quick aside, I have to admit that I find it quite humorous to see leading Democrats no longer blasting the opulent wealth of America's millionaires. The bump up into billionaire envy-incitement could, of course, be tied to the fact that so many of the Democrats spewing the class warfare rhetoric have now become millionaires themselves – looking at you Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And how did they do that? Well, years of privileged positions, drawing fat paychecks funded by people who actually produce something might have played a small part.

Frankly, that's the element of Cortez's comments that I find most outrageous. At the end of her Lenin-esque rant, she threw out this inexpressibly dim-witted conclusion:

"And so no one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars."

First, her premise that an individual who identifies a public need, then responds with an innovative spirit and relentless drive to meet that need better than anyone else, is somehow undeserving of their success, is patently absurd. Bill Gates is a billionaire because he made over a billion dollars bringing to me and millions of other people a product we wanted at a price we could afford. He made my life better as a result of his efforts. For me to dismiss that reality and begrudge him the money those efforts earned him is the very essence of coveting.

Second, AOC's reference of "slave wages," her transparent attempt to inject emotionalism into her argument by provocatively mentioning single mothers, her insertion of a racist component, are all the tactics of an aspiring manipulator, not a moral thinker or leader. The truth is that the employment opportunities provided by the ventures of most billionaires have transformed workers' lives for the better. The lack of gratitude for that reality is again, a hallmark of a covetous heart.

Finally, how can it possibly fail to dawn on AOC that her own occupation is one that produces nothing for anyone? The government, of which she is a loud part, is in the business of taking: taking from people, taking from families, taking from businesses, taking from corporations, taking from organizations. Government doesn't turn a profit, and every check it writes is financed by the fruit of someone else's labor. In other words, Ocasio-Cortez literally fills her bank account as a result of "taking" rather than "making."

It requires a breathtaking lack of self-awareness and pride for such an individual to condemn another for a vice she so freely indulges. If you wonder why God's law attempted to protect the human heart from the sin of coveting, look no further than New York's 14th Congressional District.

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