Thursday, 12 May 2005

On the working class

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What we wonder is: How come it never occurs to liberals or Democrats that the very terms in which they phrase the question are part of their problem? These, after all, are people who are obsessed with politically correct terminology, from “African-American” to “fetus.” Yet somehow it never dawns on them that “working class” is an insult.

Think about it: Would you call a janitor, a secretary or a carpenter “working class” to his face? The term connotes putting someone in his place: Your lot in life is to work. Thinking is for the higher classes. The questions the Democrats ask about the “working class” reflect precisely this contempt: What’s the matter with these people? Why don’t they understand that we know what’s good for them? Why do they worry about silly things like abortion and homosexuality? If they must believe in all that religious mumbo-jumbo, can’t they keep it to themselves?

Every time the Democrats lose an election, they make a big show of asking questions like these. Then, the next time they lose an election, they once again wonder why the “working class” has forsaken them. Maybe it’s as simple as: because they were listening.

posted on May 12, 2005 2:30 PM




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