The End of the Middle Class?
of the great things about the USA is the middle class. Nearly everyone
likes to think of themselves as a part of the middle class. Some might
say that they grew up as a part of the lower middle class. Others who
become quite affluent will still say they are part of the upper middle
class. No one wants to be labeled as poor or rich. Americans who are
poor aspire to rise to the level of middle class, and most do in a
period of a generation or less. It’s a comfortable thing to be a part
of the middle class.
middle class, by general consensus, is where the heart of America
lies. It’s often viewed as the rock solid, hard working, positive,
energetic, industrious core of America where American values and
American fairness are displayed most prominently. The broad nature of
the American middle class shocked Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev when
he visited the United States. It scared him.
wanted to go to Disneyland in the Los Angeles area and President
Eisenhower obliged. But it was when he flew into LA and saw the
freeways full of automobiles and the endless sprawl of homes that he
began to realize the strength of America. He didn’t want to believe it,
but the evidence was undeniable. America had achieved what no other
nation in the history of the world had achieved – a broad and quite
wealthy middle class.
American middle class is the envy of the world. You can go anywhere in
the world and see palaces and dachas and big, expensive homes, but only
in the USA can you find such a broad and expansive middle class that
drive new cars, live in nice homes, eat well, and aspire to even greater
financial heights. Sure, Europe has a level of prosperity, but the
homes are small, the cars are small, and frankly the range of
aspirations is often limited by government regulations. In Japan,
Taiwan, or South Korea the situation is worse. The cars are small, the
homes tiny, and the government is even more intrusive.
America’s middle class is under attack. Liberal elitists detest the
American middle class and their middle class values. The middle class
stands in the way of everything they want to achieve. The middle class
doesn’t like high taxes, big government, liberal judges, wild spending,
or a decline in traditional moral values. The middle class is by and
large the part of America that believes in God, volunteers to help
others, donates generously, and believes that the words in the US
Constitution mean exactly what they say.
American middle class is the home to common sense, i.e. wisdom. They
live responsibly, act responsibly, obey the laws and expect others to do
so also. They love America and may even tear up when the national
anthem is played. When America goes to war, the sons and daughters of
the middle class volunteer to serve.
is from the middle class that America often finds its great doctors,
inventors, engineers, scientists, and even lawyers. And if the American
middle class elects someone to public office, they consider that man or
woman to be a public servant and act like one, not like a master.
today the American middle class is under attack. The Obama
Administration doesn’t really like or respect the middle class. In
fact, they see middle class values and standards as an obstacle to their
plans to create a “just” America.
is no fan of free enterprise. He loves government control and
socialist schemes like Obamacare. Rather than have people decide how to
live their lives, he thinks that a liberal elite can do a better job of
telling people where to live, what kind of car to drive, what news to
listen to, where they should work, etc.
and his liberal friends see America and the American middle class as a
sign that America is an unjust and unfair nation. As silly as it
sounds, they believe it’s just luck that some people get ahead and
others do not succeed. They discount hard work, risk taking,
intelligence, perseverance, and determination as any part of success.
According to them, some are just luckier than others. Now, of course,
some folks do achieve more financially than others and some are born
with advantages of intelligence or skill or location more than others
are, but God decides when and to whom and where we will be born. And He
blesses who He chooses when it comes to skills and intelligence. After
all, He is God, and He is the one who created this universe in the
liberals’ goal is equality of outcome. They tried that in Russia, but,
not surprisingly, it did not work. Of course, liberals say that Stalin
and Lenin were not enlightened as they are. They simply did not do
socialism right. They are more attracted to the European form of
socialism, the cradle to grave variety. But of course, Europe has never
had the broad middle class that we enjoy here in the US and as nations
they continue to underperform economically. Just ask an average
Frenchman or Englishman or German what nation in the world offers the
most opportunity and 99 times out of 100 they will say the United
States. Everyone in the world knows this except for American liberals.
and the global warming hoax are key elements in the liberals’ plan to
cut America down to size. Left to run free as it is under the Obama
administration, the EPA regulations alone will ensure that America will
never again return to the prosperity that previous generations enjoyed.
seeking to rise into the American middle class will have the ladder of
opportunity kicked out from under them. They will be stuck where they
are with no opportunity to rise as far as their talents, ambition, and
God’s blessings take them. The America that you and I have come to know
and love will be gone forever.
it doesn’t have to happen. There is still time. But in order to
reverse this frightening tide of government growth and intrusion into
our lives, you and I must engage in the political process. We must
become informed and then act. Otherwise our children and grandchildren
will not have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the America we
grew up in.
don’t sit around and fret and let the liberal steamroller re-elect
Barack Obama in 2012. Start working and giving today to elect
citizen-statesmen, the kind our Founders envisioned to represent us in
Congress and in the White House. Do it today before the sands of time
run out for the Republic that our forefathers created.