I received a forwarded e-mail this week entitled “A View of Sarah Palin from someone who lives in Alaska.” The ostensible author of this piece (a woman named Jackie) was “horrified” by McCain’s pick.
The e-mail (allegedly addressed to her fellow students at Bryn Mawr College) starts by saying, “The most accurate description of [Palin] is redneck.” A couple of paragraphs later she writes, “Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small redneck town outside Anchorage. The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place.”
OK, I know this is just a bogus front written by someone desperate to get Obama elected, but the deeper issues are evident.
Liberals are scornful of blue-collar workers.
The discrepancy between the edu-snobs and the rest of us has grown so large that in some cases Ivy League graduates find themselves unable to make polite chitchat with their plumbers. William Deresiewicz writes, “… because these schools tend to cultivate liberal attitudes, they leave their students in the paradoxical position of wanting to advocate on behalf of the working class while being unable to hold a simple conversation with anyone in it.” He further adds, “… an elite education inculcates a false sense of self-worth. … There is nothing wrong with taking pride in one’s intellect or knowledge. There is something wrong with the smugness and self-congratulation that elite schools connive. …”
Most of the elite are not as insightful as Deresiewicz. In this election, it’s becoming quite apparent what the liberal highbrows think of the working class.
First of all, let us examine what the term “redneck” means. Yes, it means red necks. Necks reddened from hours under a hot sun. Necks burned red by planting and harvesting crops, roofing buildings and mowing lawns. Sunburned necks wearing sweat-stained blue collars that bear witness to honest labor.
Frankly, I’m sick and tired of the condescension, superior attitude and downright snobbery evidenced toward those who work with their hands and bodies. Oh sure, the liberals wrap up their disdain with pretty words about social justice and egalitarianism, but the reality is they look down their long noses at rednecks. Blue-collar workers are beneath them. They are objects of contempt. Misguided fools. Unedjikated idiots. The great unwashed. And by this attitude, the left displays its colossal ignorance.
Blue-collar workers are the backbone, muscle and sinew of this country. Their learning is every bit as detailed, life-long and important as a degree from Bryn Mawr, and often more useful. They are the legs and feet and (more often than liberals will admit) the brains that make this country go. They’re the ones who fix your cars, unclog your drains, clean your hotel rooms and haul away your garbage. They are the ones who mine the coal and keep your power running. They build your homes. They grow, harvest and deliver your food. They defend you abroad against terrorists. These are things that most Ivy League graduates can’t – or won’t – do.
Yes, their educational level may not extend to a doctorate degree. But assuming they’re not receiving Democrat-distributed welfare, these people work, and work hard.
And they vote.
The inhabitants of flyover country are the ones who provide critically needed products and services, the stuff the elite complain about when it’s not available. This country would flat shut down if blue-collar works didn’t keep it running, and running smoothly. Yet the snobs continue to treat them like scum whose votes aren’t worth counting.
At the moment, I am absolutely seething mad at the blatant snottiness that has come to light with the nomination of Palin as McCain’s VP, because Palin is supported by the “lower” classes. It has underscored to a startling degree the disdain with which the left regards “menials.” The enthusiasm shown for Palin because she is one of “us” defies understanding by those who aren’t.
Remember Obama’s demeaning comment about the “bitter” Americans who cling to guns and religion? Working class people don’t “cling” to guns or religion because of bitterness. They are smart enough to recognize that the former offers them protection and the latter offers them salvation. Duh.
Andrea Mitchell, chief of foreign affairs for NBC News said: “[Palin] is not appealing to the same women who were really voting or supporting Hillary Clinton on ideological issues, but they think that they can peel off some of these working-class women, not college educated … the blue-collar women who were voting for Hillary Clinton and may be more conservative on social causes.”
Why is the vote of an “uneducated” person inferior to the vote of an educated person? Why is a Hard Knocks degree any less useful for determining who will be the next president than an Ivy League degree?
The Democrats are going to discover to their detriment that there are a lot more “uneducated” people with strong opinions than they suspect. The unwashed masses in this country are going to rise up and remind the liberals that they don’t like being dissed. The hard-working, blue-collar, decent people who keep this country running on a day-to-day basis are not going to put up with digs to their character, intelligence and ability to express their opinion at the voting booth … especially from a bunch of nabobs who can’t fix anything more complex than a parking ticket.
After all, when the bleep hits the fan, who do you want standing next to you? An expert in 18th-century feminist literature, or someone who can fix, mend, construct, or defend their way out of the problem?
So three cheers for those who do the heavy lifting in America, and a great big “thank you” for keeping this country going.
Now we need your help in keeping it from going further – to hell in a handbasket.