A basic and terrible truth about liberals: The last thing a dedicated liberal wants to do is to acknowledge individual excellence or the value of hard work and good decision making. Liberals are engaged in a war against individuality. Why would we expect them to celebrate that which they wish to destroy?

Ultra-liberal Missouri Democrat Richard Gephardt has now announced that he wants to be the next President of the United States. Not a chance. He has the hair, the smile and some of the charisma, but he won’t make it. For this, let us all give thanks.

Every time I see the countenance of Dick Gephardt on television, one phrase immediately starts echoing in my memory: “Those who won life’s lottery.” This is the essence of Gephardt – and of liberalism. Our society isn’t divided between those who achieve and those who do not. It is divided between those who were lucky, and those who were not.

Gephardt is a class warrior. This died-in-the wool Democrat will seek access to the White House with a campaign based on the time-honored tradition of setting off those who have vs. those who have not. It will be the “less fortunate” against the evil exploiters. The exalted “working class” against the evil, undeserving rich.

They are the ones who “won life’s lottery.” The evil rich. Shameless exploiters of the common man. Selfish and greedy cretins who never pay their fair share of taxes. Lexus-driving ogres who manipulate our economy for their own benefit. Bad people indeed.

“Won life’s lottery”? With this phrase, Gephardt is telling his Democratic supporters that hard work has nothing to do with the accumulation of wealth. With these words, Gephardt discredits every single man and woman in this country who actually paid attention to their education and developed some actual job skills.

Gephardt makes fools out of those who stayed at home to do homework while their less-motivated friends were roaming the malls. He brushes off the individual who spent his evenings after work, and his weekends, at the local community college seeking an education that led to better job prospects and advancement. He delivers a backhand to every man and woman who ignored the siren song of the credit card and avoided a massive balance that would take 15 years to pay off. He makes a mockery of every person who invested household budget surpluses instead of squandering them on that Friday afternoon case of beer and cartons of cigarettes.

Gephardt gives no credit to the young family that drove a second-hand car with ordinary, dull wheels; the family that vacations at a campground instead of a resort hotel, so that they can afford to buy their own home instead of remaining an apartment cliff dweller for the rest of their lives. These people all benefited from their decision-making. They realized the American dream. They worked hard and achieved. They knew that the 40-hour work week was a basic survival schedule, so they worked 60. They succeeded – they became rich – and Gephardt thinks it’s all a matter of luck.

To Gephardt, they are entitled to no credit. The evil rich didn’t work hard. They didn’t weigh each decision carefully. They’re no different from everyone else. They’re just like every family out there with maxed-out credit cards, lousy jobs brought on by no job skills, children they can’t afford, thousand-dollar-a-year cigarette or booze addictions and no personal drive. The rich? They didn’t do anything special. They just got the right lottery numbers. They were lucky, and you weren’t.

But there’s hope, dear voters. The great Dickie the Democrat Gephardt, your trusted-class warlord, is here to even out the odds. He’s here to make everything fair. If you’ll just be wise enough to send him to the White House, he’ll ride out of the Oval Office on his trusty federal steed to take from the lucky and give to poor unlucky saps who drew the wrong numbers.

This “lucky vs. the unlucky” is a constant theme with liberals. How many times have you read or heard the phrase “the less fortunate”? It’s the same message. “Fortunate” means “deriving good from an unexpected source.” Just what is unexpected about deriving good from hard work, frugality and good decision making?

Ahhh. But it’s so much easier to redistribute wealth, isn’t it, when you can claim that you’re only evening out the odds. What does it matter if they take more and more money from the rich to give to the poor? After all, it’s not like they actually worked for it, is it now?

Maybe after Gephardt falls on his face (again), he’ll consider becoming a candidate for that wonderful new all-liberal talk-radio network we’ve been hearing so much about. I would love to hear him try that “won life’s lottery” on the air one time.

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