Class Envy Done Right

For the last ten years at least, Democrats have made it clear that class envy is a working strategy for their party. By continually telling disadvantaged men and women that it is the system’s fault that they can’t get ahead, they have secured the poor vote in a way that Republicans can scarcely hope to challenge. The only variation comes from those too religious to consider voting for a godless Democrats.

Well, no, that’s not exactly true. There is another small group of Americans who vote for conservative candidates despite being firmly in the low-income category. These are the Americans who have been taught a different message by their parents and teachers. They’ve been taught not to point fingers at “the man.” Your problems are your own. You may not have all the same opportunities and advantages, but you have a working brain. You have an able body. Armed with those, you are in charge of a computer far more powerful than anything designed by man. Do with it what you will.

Liberals laugh when they talk about these voters. These “someday” millionaires who vote against their own interests because they want to pave the way for their own success. These dreamers are fooling themselves, having read one to many rags-to-riches stories. Instead of taking all of that free money available from the government, these unfortunate folk actually believe there’s something to this “American dream” thing.

Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she’ll be adopting the class envy card as a focus of her campaign. And why wouldn’t she? It’s been a successful playbook for the Democrats. It’s destroying this country from the bottom up, but it’s a dynamite political message. You can’t do it. Everyone’s against you. You may as well still be on the plantation. Accept our gifts and dedicate your life to complaining about the injustice of it all. No, we insist.

Class envy doesn’t have to be a bad thing. There is, after all, no rigid caste system in the United States, as much as liberals would argue otherwise. Some of the greatest Americans came from humble beginnings, if not outright poverty. These stories may be the exception, but there are still enough of them that it would take a lifetime to list them all. And almost all of them have one common theme: goals. Purpose.

When you take that away – when you teach a generation of kids that their destiny is controlled by fate – success stories stop being created. When you instead tell them that they can be whatever they want, do whatever they want, and make as much money as they desire, class envy changes from cynicism to excitement. You want it? Go get it. And at the heart of it, isn’t that the story of America?

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