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What the hell happened to America. Why are people so green with envy.

It all started in 1984 with "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."

Both my parents grew up poor in Appalachia. They didn't know they were poor. They valued intelligence, integrity and hard work, not celebrity. Raised us kids in a frugal, middle class manner, with the same values and we didn't run into the smug, entitled rich kids until we went to college.

"Kids these days" see vapid celebrities and financial finaglers reap huge financial rewards while honest hard-working folks struggle. There's no "honor" or "pride" in being good at a modest job anymore, whether it's teacher, tradesman or shopkeeper. If you're not a star, you're a putz.

So you're right when you blame "culture," but it's not "leftist" culture. It's our crass, commercial celebrity culture that celebrates above all jerkwads like Donald Trump, useless airheads like Kim Kardashian, vulgar rappers and self-absorbed athletes.
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