I was reading an article yesterday on how Hugo "Juice" Chavez is confiscating the private residences, yachts, and hotels in a resort area of Venezuela to "give to to the poor". These last 5 words are a depot's favorite, because it confers some sort of twisted moral legitimacy to any specific high crime and misdemeanor.
Try it at home kids...
"I didn't eat my brocolli. I gave it to the poor."
"I shoplifted the candy. I gave it to the poor."
I shot a man in Reno. So the poor could watch him die."
"I raped some nuns. For the poor. To highlight the venality of the Church."
It is easy, AND effective! Never do the right thing again! Give into your basest desires, because you have the perfect rationalization ready to throw down like trip aces... "For the poor!"
I have the good fortune to count amongst my friends those across the political spectrum. I have seen an increasing stridency in the progressive movement against those that have assets or businesses. The polemic is approaching hate speech in its ignorance, prejudice, and frenzy. Make no mistake, this is being orchestrated carefully, and resembles movements we have seen several times in the last Century that resulted in wholesale destruction of life, liberty and property. The same play book.
For the record... I have been broke twice and destitute once in my adult life, and, but for the charity of a couch from a friend, would have had to depend upon a disappointed family to provide comfort and roof. I never once identify myself as a victim of society or as poor. I focused on how to be successful, a net producer, not a net consumer, and learn from my mistakes.
THAT is the American Dream. it works, and I am proof.