Slavery made the South more like an Old World Aristocracy than a New World Meritocracy
Democrats don’t like people of color. Never have. The Democrat Party’s lineage goes back to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. Thomas Jefferson was one of our Founding Fathers who, as the Democrats love to remind us, owned slaves. In fact, the Democratic-Republican Party was the party of the planter elite. And of slavery. While the opposition party, the Federalists, whose members included George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, preferred manufacturing and commerce for the future of the United States. Not just plantations and slavery.
It was these southern planters who made the Three-Fifths Compromise necessary. Slaves couldn’t vote. So the North didn’t want to count them in determining the number of representatives a state had in the House of Representatives. The planter elite did not like this. As the anti-slave North had more free people and would end up controlling the government. Possibly passing anti-slave legislation. Well, without the southern states there would be no United States. So they compromised and counted some of their slaves. Giving the planter elite greater power in the new federal government than their population would otherwise have allowed. And to seal the deal they agreed not to discuss the issue of slavery again for 20 years.
The minority power in the South, the planter elite, who were Democratic-Republicans, brought a lot of slaves to the United States during that 20 year moratorium on the slavery issue. Swelling the slave population in the South. But once the 20 years were up Congress banned the slave trade. So from that point forward all slaves would have to be born on U.S. soil. But the minority power in the South had built their little fiefdoms by then. Owning large estates. With their lands worked by their large slaveholdings. Making the South more like an Old World aristocracy than a New World meritocracy. And the planter elite liked having so much power vested in so few of their hands. From having their few numbers control the federal government. To their absolute control of so many human lives on their plantations. They were an elite few. A superior people. And they liked it.
The South used the Power of the Federal Government to Suppress States’ Rights in the North with the Fugitive Slave Act
Over time as the north pursued the dreams of Washington, Adams and Hamilton immigration began to swell the population in the industrial North. Leading to the South losing their control over the House of Representatives. And threatening their elitism. By then the Democratic-Republican Party had become the Democrat Party. Which pushed to protect the institution of slavery. To protect their southern aristocracy. And their elevated status as a superior people. They used the power of the federal government where they could. Such as passing the Fugitive Slave Act to force free states against their will to return free blacks in their states to slavery. Then they argued that their states’ rights were at risk with all of the North’s abolition talk. Where the North might one day do what the South did to them. Use the federal government to force a state to do something against their will. Such as they did with the Fugitive Slave Act.
Their fight for the Senate led to further compromises to keep the union together while accommodating the planter elite. The Missouri Compromise (1820) had prohibited slavery in the new territory in the Louisiana Territory above approximately the southern border of Missouri (but permitted it within the borders of Missouri). Each state gets two senators. So with the House lost the Democrats needed more of the new states from the Louisiana Territory entered into the Union as slave states. Even those above the southern border of Missouri. Which they did with the Kansas–Nebraska Act. Which repealed the Missouri Compromise and replaced it with popular sovereignty. Where the people would chose whether they wanted to be a slave state or a free state. Setting off a mad rush by both sides to get to these territories so they could vote the slave status of these new states their way. Leading to a bloody civil war in Kansas.
Then another blow fell to the southern aristocracy. Abraham Lincoln. With the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln the southern aristocracy lost not only the House of Representatives but the presidency as well. Worse, the Republicans were an anti-slavery party. So even if they were somehow able to hold onto the Senate the Republicans in power would challenge the planter elite’s supremacy. Break up their fiefdoms. And challenge their power. Something this elite few were willing to fight to prevent. Well, they were willing to have others fight for them. To maintain the social order in the South. Leading to cries about states’ rights. And an over-powerful federal government. Despite their having used the power of the federal government to suppress states’ rights in the North with the Fugitive Slave Act.
Democrats see Benefits for Blacks as a Necessary Evil to keep them in Power
Most southerners were poor farmers. Who owned no slaves. Yet they rose to fight for states’ rights. And to protect the South from northern aggression. At least, that was what the planter elite had them believe. Who sent many of these poor farmers to their deaths in the American Civil War. When it was over approximately 8.6% of the South’s population was dead. By comparison World War II killed approximately 405,399 Americans. However, if we had suffered the same death rate as the South did in the American Civil War our World War II dead would have totaled over 12 million. This is what the southern aristocracy was willing to—and did—sacrifice to maintain their power and privilege. Their supremacy over other people. Especially over their black slaves.
Such a feeling of superiority allows you to do some pretty horrible things. Just review the history of Nazi Germany to see some of the atrocities a ‘master race’ can do. In the post-war South the Democrats did not lose with grace. They resented the martial law in the South after the war. And they hated Republican rule. Protecting their former slaves. Even allowing them to run for government office. It was all too much for the fallen southern aristocracy. To remind people of the proper order of southern society they formed the KKK. And unleashed a terror across the South. Killing their former slaves. And Republicans. To codify their white supremacy the Democrats turned to the legislature. And passed laws to segregate the ‘inferior blacks’ from their superior selves. Jim Crowe Laws. Separate but equal. With the emphasis on ‘separate’. In time pressure grew against the southern Democrats. But they held strong in Congress. Fighting against any civil rights legislation. Including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Where Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (and former Exalted Cyclops of the KKK) filibustered against the Civil Rights Act for 14 hours and 13 minutes. To keep the blacks segregated from their superior selves.
Things are a lot better these days. But Democrat feelings of superiority die hard. Even though they would have us believe they like blacks today. Despite their past hatred of blacks. And their seething anger of having lost them from their plantations. But they found a way to ‘get them back on the plantation’. By making them dependent on government. In exchange for their vote. Which keeps them in power. Back where they believe they belong. And are entitled to be. Because they are a superior people. So benefits for blacks are a necessary evil to Democrats. For they still don’t like them. As evidenced by where they live. Where some of the richest Democrats (such as Nancy Pelosi) live in the whitest of neighborhoods. And their apparent racial purification of society. Through the guise of women’s rights. The most important thing to women, according to Democrats, is abortion. And they do their best to make abortion readily available. Especially to women of color. Like in New York City. And Mississippi. Where black women are having far more abortions than white women. Making America whiter. More like the neighborhood where Nancy Pelosi lives. And more like the color Democrats have fought to keep America since the Three-Fifths Compromise. The Fugitive Slave Act. Popular Sovereignty. The KKK. And Jim Crowe Laws.
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The Fewer in the Minority Ruling Power the Richer Each will Be
Not everyone can live like nobility. Those privileged few who have more than the masses. Throughout history it’s always been an elite few in power. A minority rule over the masses. Why? Because the masses can only support a select few in a life of plush luxury.
Let’s do a simple exercise. Take a group of 10 people. Let’s assume they each earn $30,000. Not a lot. It’s enough to get by on but they’re not going to enjoy many luxuries in life. Now let’s assume one of the ten assumes all power. Promotes himself to king. Or herself to queen. Doesn’t work anymore. And taxes everyone’s earnings at 35% to support the royal family. That leaves only 9 people working. Each now has only $19,500 after taxes to live on. While the royal family enjoys $94,500. Which is 485% more. And it’s tax free. Because the king is the taxman, too. Pretty sweet, eh?
It’s good to be in the royal family, yes? You bet. But let’s see what happens if more people join the royal family from the kingdom of 10. As summarized in the following table:
As the number of people working decreases and the number of those not working increases, the money per Royal eventually drops below that of the subjects. So what do we learn from this little exercise? The fewer in the minority ruling power the richer each will be. Ergo the ruling elite must be a small minority.
Kids are Taught that Free Market Capitalism is Killing the Planet and the Polar Bears
This is politics. And it’s been this way since the dawn of civilization. In the days of kings minority rule was relatively easy. But it’s been more difficult since the advent of representative government. Because you just can’t rule by decree. You have to win elections. By getting the people to vote ‘yes’ to working harder. And paying more taxes. So those not working can live a plush life of luxury.
Of course you can’t say things like this and expect to win elections. You have to parse the truth a little. And by ‘parse’ I mean lie. You make up a bunch of stuff that sounds important and worthy of doing. Such as saving the environment. And battling global warming. All of which takes a bigger government to regulate the economy to save the planet. And a lot of taxes to pay for this government. So how do you do this? By scaring children in public school.
The earth has warmed and cooled long before man ever put carbon in the atmosphere. Glaciers have moved thousands of miles before man ever burned coal or created the internal combustion engine. Oceans have risen and fallen long before Al Gore moved into his oceanfront mansion. No matter. For the ‘scientists’ at East Anglia have massaged the data to get the political results they set out to get. And they say it’s now a fact that man is killing the planet. So a world government must take over the world’s economies. To save the planet. So a select few can live a plush life of luxury courtesy of the labors of others. Like Al Gore. But you don’t tell children this. No. Instead you show them pictures of polar bears in ‘danger of drowning’ because they’re swimming in water. Which they are wont to do. In search of their food. No matter. Man is melting the polar icecaps. So the kiddies are upset. Because free market capitalism is killing the planet. And the polar bears.
The Goal of the Department of Education is to make Good Democrat Voters
We constantly have to spend more money on public education to make our kids smarter. Which must mean our kids graduating from public education aren’t very smart. But they do know that free market capitalism is killing the planet. And that global warming is melting the polar ice caps and killing the polar bears. So they’re learning something. Just nothing that will improve their test scores to the level of the Asians or the Indians.
Interestingly, this decline in American education coincided with the rise of the Department of Education starting in 1979. Before then the U.S. led the world in math, science and engineering. Because our kids were smarter than kids everywhere else. But then the great dumbing down began. Multiculturalism. Diversity. Outcomes-based education. Emphasizing the importance of not making anyone feel bad. Rather than emphasizing the virtue of excelling. And, of course, indoctrinating them into global warming. Instead of learning math, science, engineering and capitalism, the social sciences took over the curriculum. And one fake science. Which explains why we are now playing catch-up to the Asians and Indians. When prior to 1979 we played catch-up to no one.
FDR’s New Deal failed. LBJ’s Great Society failed. And made the economy a mess in the Seventies. Liberalism was debunked in the Eighties. Thanks to Ronald Reagan. But thanks to the Department of Education, a coordinated assault on our most impressionable was underway. Keeping the spirit of liberalism alive. And the size of government grows. Because they lie to our kids. Many of who grow up believing these lies. And vote ‘yes’ to working harder. And paying more taxes. So those in the nobility can live a plush life of luxury.
Perhaps the Time is Right for Another Ronald Reagan before Liberalism Sinks the United States into Third World Status
It is hard to fool smart people. Which explains the Department of Education. Whose goal is not to make our kids smart. But to make them good Democrat voters. So those in government can continue to live like nobility. And prevent another great ogre like Ronald Reagan from rising again and freeing the people from their oppression.
Which has never been more important as those not paying taxes has reached a tipping point. And we no longer have the money to support the nobility. Something has to give. Perhaps the time is right for another Ronald Reagan to rise and free the people once again. Before liberalism sinks the United States into third world status.
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Washington men didn’t live long. And George Washington thought about that. A lot. He loved his Mount Vernon. His garden. And he longed to retire there to spend out his years in peace under his vine and fig tree. But he gave up that dream when he accepted command of the Continental Army. He was already at that age when a lot of Washington men died. So when he left, no doubt he thought he may not return.
The Revolutionary War lasted 8 long years. And Washington spent those years with the army. In the field. He was at Valley Forge. He didn’t leave to go home to see Martha. No. His wife came to Valley Forge to see him.
Washington was a wealthy man. He didn’t need to make these sacrifices. A lot of wealthy men didn’t. But he did. And he sacrificed a lot. Even his eyesight. When the army officer’s wanted to mutiny over a long list of failed promises (pay, pensions, etc.), Washington pleaded with them. To not throw away the thing they’ve fought so long and hard for. As poorly as the Continental Army was treated, those words did not move them much. Then Washington pulled out a letter from a congressman to read to them. But couldn’t. After stumbling over a couple of words, he stopped. He then pulled out a pair of spectacles. No one had ever seen the great George Washington in such a public display of weakness.
“Gentlemen, you must pardon me,” he said. “I have grown gray in the service of my country, and now find myself growing blind.”
Some cried for the old man who had given so much. When he no doubt had so few years left to live. If their commanding general could make such sacrifices, so could they. So there would be no Caesar. No Cromwell. No armies would march to the seat of power. This republic would not collapse into anarchy as history often scripted her republics.
The Most Powerful Man in America Surrenders His Power
But would he be king? He could have. Easily. He had the power. And the love and adoration of the people. In fact, some were begging him to become king. Others, though, questioned his intentions. They looked at the army with a nervous unease. They were, after all, a nation built primarily from English stock. And they knew their English history. Of Oliver Cromwell. The New Model Army. Just what were his intentions?
He still stayed in touch with his officers (and later would go on to be the first president of the Society of the Cincinnati). This seemed a bit ominous to some. This is why once the war was over, people tried to forget about and disband the army as quickly as possible. To renege on the promises they made to these veterans. They just wanted these soldiers to go away. There were too many bad memories of standing armies in their midst. Whether they wore a red coat or a rag, they just wanted them gone.
Even King George questioned his intentions. Few give up power. If he did, it would place him in the pantheon of greats. But would he? Yes. He would. And did. Washington would be a Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer who walked away from his plow to assume dictatorial powers to help save his nation. When the threat was past, he returned power to the Senate and returned to his plow. And so did Washington.
Answering the Call of Duty. Again.
Then the nation called for their Cincinnatus once again. There were problems with the Confederate Congress. It was having difficulty governing the peace. There were state rivalries. Their finances were in a mess. And there was no national identity. There used to be. British. And the European nations treated with that singular entity. Great Britain. Now that the mother country was gone, there was no singular entity. No unity. Everyone was for themselves. And the European powers had to make multiple treaties with the multiple states. If they wanted to go through that headache. And many did not.
Some called for a revision to the Articles of Confederation. But it was difficult to get the states on board. A weak confederacy favored the individual states. And the individual states liked that. But it also limited their potential as a nation. Some feared the inter-state rivalries would balkanize the nation. Make the New World a repeat of the Old World. To bring the nation together would take an extraordinary effort. Or an extraordinary man. George Washington. Who agreed to attend the Philadelphia Convention in 1787.
After a long and hot summer, the Philadelphia delegates produced a constitution. With James Madison being the primary architect. They then sent it to the states for ratification. At which time James Madison and Alexander Hamilton began a writing campaign to urge its ratification. (John Jay contributed to this campaign, too, but not as much as Madison and Hamilton). Once ratified, it came time to populate the new government. Some competed with each other for some positions. But for one of the positions there was unanimity. There was but one man the people would trust with the most powerful office in the land. Their Cincinnatus. George Washington. But would he do it? Would he leave his blissful retirement beneath his vine and fig tree?
Yes. Not because he wanted to. More than 10 years had passed since this old man had agreed to command the Continental Army. He had outlived many Washington men. The way he saw it, he was living on borrowed time as it was. And there was another consideration. Against the greatest of odds, he did NOT lose the Revolutionary War. He had made mistakes in his life, but his name was safe for posterity. But if he took a risk now he could lose the good name he built. And if there was anything soldiers (and politicians) worry about, it’s their legacy. (That’s why they write memoirs.)
Another Long 8 Years
When it was clear that he was, in fact, the indispensable one, he sacrificed his personal want for the public need. Again. And again, serving a second term as president. He was ready (and looking forward to) retirement after one term. But the party politics were threatening to tear apart the new nation. The rift between Jefferson and Hamilton had grown. It was splitting the government into two camps. The Federalists (led by Hamilton) and the anti-Federalists (led by Jefferson). They pleaded for Washington to serve a second term as he was the only one who could hold them together. He consented.
That second term was particularly unpleasant for Washington. Party attacks turned into personal attacks. Even against Washington. And the ugliness got really ugly over the Jay Treaty. Many wanted war with Great Britain. But having actually fought a war with Great Britain, Washington favored peace. Yes, the treaty favored Great Britain. And, yes, it tied American interests to Great Britain, not her war time ally. France. The Jeffersonians unleashed an unfettered vitriol on the Federalists. Including Washington. But Washington bet on the right horse. Great Britain proved to be the dominant European power. And her Royal Navy came in handy protecting U.S. trade with her. Over a decade of peace and prosperity followed.
After 8 years, though, there was no persuading Washington for another 4-year term. He had grown ever older in the continued service of his country. Now he felt it more than ever that his days were few. Rarely did he know happiness like he felt at the inauguration of the 2nd president, his vice president, John Adams. Adams wrote that after he took the oath of office, Washington said, “Ay! I am fairly out and you fairly in! See which of us will be happiest!” He may not have actually said this but he no doubt felt the sentiment. And with that, he returned to his plow. Cincinnatus had come home. Where he would happily live out his remaining years. All two of them.
Where is Our Cincinnatus?
Today it’s about money and power. Not duty. Today, people want to be full-time politicians. For the money and power. And the elitist status. People get into Congress and they just don’t want to leave. Should we vote them out of office, they have a tantrum. They call their constituents stupid for not knowing who the better candidate was. And they won’t go quietly. Some will change parties. Or run as an independent. Or as a write-in candidate. Anything to stay in Washington. To hold on to their power. To stay among the elite.
The nation has deviated far from the path of disinterested public service of the Founding Fathers. The anti-Federalists would be shocked to see what became of the government they helped create. Even the Federalists. Even Hamilton. Not even he, the champion of a strong federal government, would approve of the federal government today. His mercantilist polices had the goal of making the nation rich and powerful. Not to suck the wealth out from the private sector. Which began in earnest with Wilson. Then picked with FDR. Then ramped up further with LBJ/Nixon/Ford/Carter. Had Hamilton lived in the 20th century, he would have earnestly campaigned for Ronald Reagan. To put an end to the public sector’s pillage of the private sector.
And now we find our nation adrift again. But who will step in and stop it today? Who is out there? Willing to put down their plow for disinterested public service. And by ‘plow’ I mean any real job. Worked by someone who is not part of the Washington establishment. Where is our George Washington?
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WE ARE WHAT they teach us. And here is a little of what our teachers taught us. And a little of what we learned by observation.
WHEN I WAS in grade school, our teachers went on strike. It was great. Another week or so of summer vacation. But I saw a curious thing. Some of my classmates were carrying picket signs. And there they were, walking with the teachers. I could not understand why anyone would want to help to end an extended summer vacation. That’s all I knew about a teacher’s strike. I had no idea why they didn’t want to go back to work. I just knew it meant I didn’t have to go back to school yet.
The signs my fellow students carried said something about making our schools better. As kids typically don’t like being in school, I couldn’t imagine they thought much about improving the educational system. Other than greatly shortening the school day. And school year. But giving a pay raise to our teachers? Giving them more benefits? How, exactly, was that going to make school better? I mean, if they got more pay and benefits, our education would get worse, not better. They would just transfer money from the classroom to the teachers. Unless the city raised property taxes to replace the classroom money that was given to the teachers. And that would only increase the household costs of these kids’ parents. Meaning less presents at Christmas. Couldn’t these kids see the folly of their ways?
Of course they couldn’t. They were just useful pawns. They hadn’t the foggiest idea why teachers go on strike. The teachers told them what to say. What to think. And they lied to these kids. They weren’t striking because they wanted more money and better benefits. Which they were. No. They told these innocent children that they were striking so they could have a better art department. A better music department. Better field trips. That’s why these teachers were on the picket lines. For the children. And that every time there were cuts in the classroom, it was because of the greed of their parents who didn’t approve a millage. Or who bitched about rising property taxes. It was never their OWN greed. Never that.
WE HAD A mock election when I was in 7th grade. It was an ‘exercise in democracy’. I remember voting for the Democrat candidate. I don’t know why. I knew nothing about politics. I had only recently quit playing with my toy cars. I was still reading The Hardy Boys mystery novels. And thinking about the pretty girls in class. What I don’t remember was spending much time thinking about the presidential election. But there I was, voting for the Democrat candidate. Who won in our little mock election. But how did I, as well as my fellow students, know enough about politics to vote for the Democrat candidate?
Obviously, they taught us what to think. That the Democrat candidate was the better candidate. Because he was for the working man. And cared about the little people. That the Democrats cared about education. Not profits. All these touchy feely things. Which was about all a kid could understand. A kid can’t understand monetary or fiscal policy. The intricacies of foreign policy. They don’t have a clue about those things. But kids do know that they should play nice. And that’s what the Democrats are all about. Playing nice. And providing political muscle for the teachers’ unions in exchange for votes. And obedient little minds of mush that will one day become voters.
I HAD A speech/debate class in high school. Our teacher used the latest in progressive teaching methods. A lot of touchy feely stuff. Feel more than think. We often did these exercises where the class as a whole debated the pros and cons of a particular position. One day we went through a list of five or so. I found the last one interesting. It was about a ‘death ray’.
I had recently watched a program about nuclear weapons. I learned that the size of their warheads was a function of the accuracy of the weapons. They needed a big radius of destruction to guarantee the destruction of the target. This is true for all weapon systems, conventional or nuclear. The less accurate they are, the bigger the destructive force required. (Whereas smart weapons today can have smaller warheads because they can be steered onto target.) The more accurate the weapon, the less destructive it can be. The less collateral damage there would be. Less civilian dead. The lesson described the ‘death ray’ as a weapon of pinpoint accuracy. Based on what I just recently learned, I thought that it would be very interesting to discuss the pros of such a weapon.
When we finished discussing the position before the ‘death ray’, he said something like it was obvious that no one would argue for such a weapon system. So there was no point in discussing it. And then, as an afterthought, he said “unless someone does” with a condescending smirk. I raised my hand. I began to make some positive points. He cut me off. There was to be no discussion in favor of any weapon system in his class. Turns out he was anti-war. Free speech was one thing but not when you disagree with the program.
TWO BOOKS THAT that stand out from high school that were required reading are The Grapes of Wrath and Johnny Got His Gun. You couldn’t find a couple of more depressing books if you tried. The Grapes of Wrath was about the plight of a family who lost the farm during the dust bowl of the Great Depression. In it you learned that bankers were evil. Rich people were evil. That Big Business was evil and exploited the poor. Whereas poor people were virtuous. And only poor people helped other poor people. That Big Government was good and helped the poor people. That FDR’s New Deal was good and helped the poor people. That unions are good and protect those who Big Business exploits. You get the picture? Democrats good. Republicans bad. Because the Democrats take care of the little guy. And evil bankers and fat cats are all Republicans. Or so we were taught.
Johnny Got His Gun is an anti-war book. It’s about a U.S. veteran of World War I. Joe Bonham. He lost about every part of the human body you could. And yet they kept him alive. I read it in the 10th grade. Young and impressionable, I saw the folly of war. War hurt good, young men like poor Joe Bonham. (Incidentally, the name ‘Bonham’? It’s from the French ‘bon homme’, good man.) A pity only the anti-war crowd read it. Apparently no one read it in Germany or Italy or the Soviet Union. Maybe if their citizens did read it World War II would not have broken out. Thankfully for the free world, though, men did serve in the armed forces despite what happened to poor Joe Bonham. And they saved liberty. And the burning of books did not spread further. And books like this, because of men who did pick up a gun, remain in the public school curriculum.
Of course, you know why they (the public school teachers) are anti-war, don’t you? It’s simple. Any money spent on the military is money not spent on them.
I HAD AN electronics teacher in high school who was really cool. He let us drink coffee in class (or, should I say, cream and sugar with some coffee). He’d send a student across the street to buy donuts to eat with our coffee. And he taught us how to build little black boxes that could unscramble scrambled television. He was also a pretty good teacher. A PNP transistor symbol? The arrow was P-N (peein’) on the base. (An NPN transistor symbol pointed away from the base.) The resistor color code? Bad boys rape our young girls but Violet gives willingly. The whore. (Hey, this stuff was funny when you’re only 16 years old.) He even set up an interview for me at an electronic repair shop. He liked being a teacher. But he enjoyed doing concrete flatwork, too. One of those things he did to pay the bills while in college. And kept doing after college. And that’s what he did during the summer, the peak of the construction season. And made good money doing it.
MY MOM WORKED as a volunteer at my grade school. She got to know the teachers pretty well. She even went to their homes. One lived not too far away from us. I went with her once or twice. Talk about surreal. Seeing your teacher outside the school. Acting so un-teacher-like. Wearing something she doesn’t wear to school. Having fun. Laughing and joking. And seeing her being a mom to her own kids. That was weird. We treated her politely and with respect in school. Her kids whined “maaaa” at home just like I did when I was at home. My teacher was just a normal person. Human, almost.
But what really struck me then was that though they lived in the same general area as we did, they had more. Bigger house. With nicer stuff. A newer car in the driveway. More presents under their Christmas tree. And in bigger boxes. It was a ‘blue-collar’ neighborhood. Her husband was a ‘blue-collar’ worker. Just like my dad. But my mom volunteered. My teacher was, well, a teacher. The ultimate second income in a two income family. Good pay and benefits. And no child care to worry about. Teachers are off when their kids are off. Holidays. Breaks. Snow days. And, of course, summer vacation. It just didn’t get better for a working mom.
IT IS INTERESTING that people become more conservative with age. They may start out Democrat. But after working awhile or raising a family, they often become Republican. Not all of them. But a lot. The net number of people changing from Democrat to Republican far exceeds those changing from Republican to Democrat. If there are any. Other than for political reasons (in a desperate attempt to get reelected by switching parties). That’s why the Democrats depend on the youth vote. Because the youth vote is an uninformed voted. They haven’t been deprogrammed yet. They still toe the party line. Because they don’t know any better. Yet.
As we work and live in the real world, though, away from the insulated life of home or the college campus, things change. We get older. And wiser. Less naive. Less idealistic. Less ignorant. That’s why there is a net change from Democrat to Republican. We grow up. And start thinking for ourselves. And try as they might during our public school indoctrination, we stop being sheep. Eventually. We strop bleating their mantra. ‘Big Government good. Private sector bad’. Why? Because we see that public school teachers and government workers live a lot better than we do. This privileged few, this ruling elite, continue to take from us and respond with condescending arrogance when we complain. Angry that we don’t mind our place in the lower strata of society. Where we belong.
And they are nervous. They can only maintain their elite status as long as we pay for it. The more we learn, though, the less we are willing to support this aristocracy. And they know it. So they try to keep us dumbed down. For an educated constituency is the greatest threat to Big Government. And the public school system. This self-proclaimed aristocracy.
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