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by Christopher Chantrill
February 04, 2014 at 12:00 am
PROBABLY EVERYONE to the right of President Obama’s liberal billionaire contributors has seen the pathetic local news video from WTAE Pittsburgh, the one showing the white working class getting the bad news on Obamacare.
Yep, ordinary blue-collar workers are getting hammered by Obamacare, because the small manufacturing and service businesses they work for are not the favored special interests of the modern Democratic Party and the bicoastal elite.
There they were, all sitting down in the break-room at a small auto-repair shop, getting the bad news from their employer’s insurance broker. Premiums up, big time. Deductibles and co-pays up, big time.
The workers were clearly pole-axed. Their “benefits” had become a yoke around their necks. They had no idea what they were going to do.
Here’s some friendly advice: Get a clue, white working class. He isn’t going to call; he doesn’t love you any more. By “he” I mean the Ruling Class, the educated elite, the Cathedral.
Once upon a time the Ruling Class absolutely loooved the white working class, back when the white working class was young and pretty and just happened to be a majority of the electorate. Wage and hour laws? Pro-union laws? Pensions, health care, unemployment, disability? Liberal sugar daddy eagerly pulled out the national credit card and paid for anything her little white working class heart desired.
But now the Ruling Class has moved on to the hot young minority babes and the kinky LGBTQABC babes; the white working class of a certain age is left sitting waiting for the phone to ring. It is, I fear, the normal fate of the kept woman.
There’s a chap writing over at Washington Examiner, Dan Poole, who recently took me to task for my tough love attitude. He reckons I “hate” the white working class and “paint working class White Americans as a bunch of greedy, lazy bums” writing back in 2011:
The white working class needs to stop whining about the bosses and exploitation and accept the basic contract of the free economy. Get a skill, and then offer it to the world.
But the white working class isn’t interested in success like the achievement-oriented middle class, writes Poole.
The White working class embraces work, family, friends and good character. They donít really care about wealth, achievement, and ambition. The first line alone says it all: “For the typical white working class person, family and stability are more important than career and upward mobility.”
Maybe so. But mere “work” doesn’t quite cut it, because you need to seek out work that employers and consumers are actually willing to pay for, and that keeps changing. Worse, as Charles Murray brutally relates in Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, the white working class is not doing so well on the family and character front either, on account of all those addictive benefits that liberal sugar daddy would bring when he used to visit the white working class at election time.
What is the white working class to do? How is it to get out of its death spiral?
The answer is the same as it has always been. The white working class must become a “people of the responsible self.” It must embrace individualism. It must realize that “work” is not something where you can just show up and demand your rights. It is something you prepare for, something you develop, something you retrain for when the world moves on. Otherwise, to coin a phrase, “This sucker could go down.”
When the white working class becomes a “people of the responsible self” it will move into the Republican Party; it will become the latest group of Israelites to make an Exodus out of the land of Egypt, and escape from the slavery of dependency in the Democratic Party.
You remember the chapter and verse on that. First there was Ronald Reagan (I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me), then the Reagan Democrats, then the Catholics and the Religious Right. And now the Tea Party.
Every time this happens the Republican Party gets completely flummoxed by the influx. Who are these people? Where did they come from?
No wonder. Republicans are clueless because they don’t troll the local bars flashing the national credit card around. Republicans are dull dogs that don’t go in for political “game” or the activist hook-up. After all, we have to go to work in the morning.
As for the white working class, there’s a certain charm in a woman of a certain age; she tends to have real life experience. And everyone is welcome in the Republican Party, even discarded liberal lovers. Especially discarded liberal lovers.
Come on in, white working class: I dare you, and I won’t mention Obamacare if you don’t.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State