December 04, 2009

The Tenth Commandment

I ran across this gem from P.J. O'Rourke:
And then there is the Tenth Commandment. 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.'

The Ten Commandments are God's basic rules about how we should live — a brief list of sacred obligations and solemn moral precepts.The first nine Commandments concern theological principles and social law. But then, right at the end, is 'Don't envy your buddy's cow.' How did that make the top ten? What's it doing there? Why would God, with just ten things to tell Moses, choose as one of those things jealousy about the starter mansion with in-ground pool next door?

Yet think how important the Tenth Commandment is to a community, to a nation, indeed to a presidential election. If you want a mule, if you want a pot roast, if you want a cleaning lady, don't be a jerk and whine about what the people across the street have — go get your own.

The Tenth Commandment sends a message to all the jerks who want redistribution of wealth, higher taxes, more government programs, more government regulation, more government, less free enterprise, and less freedom. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell.


Anonymous said...

I remember reading that a while back. PJ is great.

MrTex said...

Our law-giver God was also our creator God and being intimately familiar with his creation forsaw the Marxs and Obamas that would come along and try to take from those pulling the wagon and give to the ones riding in the wagon in the name of compassion.

Scott said...

Thanks for the responses.

This post elicited an angry rebutal from a liberal friend of mine that I hope to write about once I get through finals week.

Hows that project coming Tex?