Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Revelation: Obama, Palin Class Warfare

What does the class hostility shown by the Obama Campaign, the MSM, and the Hollywood pinheads toward Gov. Sarah Palin mean to YOU? It means they also hate you, your family, and the people around you. In the eyes of Obama-philes, more than 299 million Americans -- the non-elitists -- are somehow ineligible to hold the nation's highest offices.

When this news gets fully understood, Barack Obama is going to start looking like a one-term president, a fate that America-dissing imposter richly deserves.

The following is from James D'Troy, a superb analyst of the way Sarah's middle-class (non-elitist) status is used against her by Obama/Axelrod, the compliant media, and the collected nutcases of Hollywood. James's analysis shows the causes of what's widely known as "Palin Derangement Syndrome," in which irrational hatred of Gov. Palin springs up in our culture. The fascinating thing is how much more sophisticated and insightful James's essay is than anything produced by the MSM:

"As for the issue of class, I've had some debates on another board about this very issue . . . [The following is] lengthy . . . but I feel it addresses many of the issues of class. . . . The person whom I was arguing with has his quotes bracketed with my responses following them in quotations.

[Quote: By what standard is Palin a lower class woman (unless you know something about her morals that the rest of us do not)?]

"Nice assumption, lower class = low morals...lower class wasn’t the right term, more working class-lower middle/middle class if anything. Her husband, Todd, is definitely working class-oil worker, commercial fisherman-snowmobile racer-whom she helped for a considerable time supporting. Her own family, is lower middle to middle class-mother a secretary, father a high school science teacher, you should like that part..."

[Quote: Economically, she is quite well off perhaps not compared to McCain or Obama, but certainly more so than your average Joe Sixpack (and much of the elitist "mainstream media" for that matter).]

"Actually, as far as income, at best she’s middle to upper middle class now, rather nice she was able to work up that far, as opposed to her income working for her husbands fishing business, or her salary on the Wasilla City Council-$6000.00/annum, Wasila mayoral salary-$75,000/annum, not bad but well within working-class/middle class standards (do you have any idea how much my plumber & electrician made this year?) and not nearly as high as those in the elitist mainstream media.

"The Palin family’s adjusted gross income of $166,080 for 2007 makes them better off than many Americans but it also puts them no higher than the middle class even by Obama's definition of ‘middle class’ which appears to set the ceiling for middle class at around $250,000 per couple.

"Even by Washington, NY, LA, or Chicago standards, $166,080 is not a lot of money with five kids. There are ‘journalists’ in DC who make more than the governor's $125,000 salary. True, not all but still a fair number. We can talk about the Palin’s total family wealth(property, fish share rights, etc.) estimated at anywhere from $1-3 million which is not considered uncommon for a working/middle-upper middle class family depending upon the housing market.

"Yet, you’re still not grasping the concept of 'class'. It isn’t solely about income, it’s about education and educational pedigree, social circles, social activities, religion, and occupation. It’s the difference between public high school, community colleges & University of Idaho (state uni. ) paid by scholarships, financial aid, part-time & full-time work, and bank of Mom & Dad Heath vs. Punahu (private high school), Occidental (private uni.), Columbia (private uni.), and Harvard Law (private grad. school) paid by the bank of Grandma & Grandpa Dunham, and racist Saudi advisers c.f. Khalid Al-Mansour.

"It’s also the difference between choices exercised how to spend money; on guns, ATV’s and dirt bikes/snowmobile racing for off-roading vs. trips to martial law Pakistan, Asia & Africa. It’s the difference between a non-denominational church vs. Episcopalian (National Cathedral, Washington DC) or for some reason overlooked a racist, anti-Semitic black separatist church hating whitey.It’s the difference between working on a fishing boat with your spouse vs. working at a Law firm and university(Chicago) with your fellow lawyer wife and terrorist Bernadine Dohrn.

"It’s about expectations for your children: no college vs. college vs. military service vs. married after high school vs. prep school in tony Washington DC. It’s about where you live: small town America(Wasila & Juneau-Pop. 30,000) vs. Kenwood, Chicago, Illinois-with neighbors like Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan. Class can be seen in the choices people make from their cars, hobbies, to spending habits, to even the type of dog they own (rottweiler vs. "Bo" the First Dog)
It’s all more complex than your post allows.

[Quote:Most of the contempt aimed at Palin was due to her lack of intellect, education, and (most damning, IMHO) curiosity about the world.]

"No, most of the contempt was aimed at her perceived inexperience (although vis-a-vis Obama, she had more than him all without the disturbing links to numerous left-wing bigots and Chicago slimeballs), her supposed ethical improprieties(trooper-gate, etc), her working-class background (How Williams, Couric, and Gibson, and the media loved the Obamessiah European tour!!!), lack of Ivy League education, perceived religious beliefs (the 'evil spirits' prayer), pregnant teen-age daughter (How White Trash of the Palin family!!!!) or c.f Andrew Sullivan, was Palin hiding another birth?), allegations about Palin seeking to ban books, and overall alleged lack of sophistication that didn’t meet the elitist standards of the mainstream media, which did not show her in the best light c.f. Charlie Gibson’s (Princeton B.A.) [and Katie Couric, B.A. University of Virginia] edited and sneering interview vs. the kid gloves treatment Obama received.

"More importantly, you should worry less about whether someone has been to Europe or outside the US, and worry more about their records and the responsibilities they’ve shouldered and whether they can do the job. The fact that Obama spent most of his life around people who were left-wing ideologues and/or bigots(mother, bio-father, step-father, uncle ‘Frank’, Chandoo Brothers, Edward Said, Rashid Khalidi, Khalid Al-Mansour, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn, Michille Obama, Father. Pflegler, Rev. Wrong, Raila Odinga, et al.) sans the last two running as POTUS is something conveniently ignored by the media, and people like you and the Americans who voted for style over substance.

"However, what is indisputable is that culturally, economically, and socially, Palin, was brought up in a working class-middle class environment and for most of her life has been part of that working class-middle class social and economic circle, recent history notwithstanding. That makes her set of experiences totally and completely in line with what the majority of most Americans experience and can relate to as opposed to Obama, whose life has been so bizarre and ideologically vested, that the only way one can illustrate the degree to which it is bizarre and ideological is to compare it to a right-wing analog.

In spite of that, it was all ignored because even though Sarah Palin was closer and better representative of the majority of Americans, the media wanted to showcase the narrative of a black man becoming president. In addition, what is also indisputable is that the message sent from the East Coast media, political, and social elite to the nation and especially the white working classes through Palin’s media ravaging was that although they want nothing to do with ‘small town/rural America’, they still wanted to rule over them."

1 comment:

JamesD'Troy said...

Steve, once again, thank you for prominently featuring my work. I do appreciate the high praise. Although the comments I've presented are responses to critiques of Gov. Palin, I'd like to reference something much more positive. I'm not sure if you reviewed it before but I think it is a very strong commentary and is very complimentary about Gov. Palin and 'Middle Americans'.

It's by David P. Goldman, better known under the pseudonym, Spengler titled, "Hockey Moms and Capital Markets" and appeared in the Thailand based online newspaper, The Asia Times. You may not agree with parts of it, but Spengler is a engaging writer and his articles are always riveting.

Here's are some of the more poignant parts;

"What does America have that Asia doesn't have? The answer is, Sarah Palin - not Sarah Palin the vice presidential candidate, but Sarah Palin the "hockey mom" turned small-town mayor and reforming Alaska governor. All the PhDs and MBAs in the world can't make a capital market work, but ordinary people like Sarah Palin can. Laws depend on the will of the people to enforce them. It is the initiative of ordinary people that makes America's political system the world's most reliable.

America is the heir to a long tradition of Anglo-Saxon law that began with jury trial and the Magna Carta and continued through the English Revolution of the 17th century and the American Revolution of the 18th. Ordinary people like Palin are the bearers of this tradition.

Outside of the United States, the young governor of Alaska has become a figure of ridicule - someone who did not own a passport until last year and who quaintly believes that her state's proximity to Russia gives her insights on foreign policy. How, my European friends ask, was it possible for such an an ignorant bumpkin to become a candidate for America's second-highest office? They don't understand America.

Provincial America depends on the initiative of ordinary people to get through the day. America has something like an Education Ministry, but it has little money to dispense. Americans pay for most of their school costs out of local taxes, and levy those taxes on themselves. In small towns, many public agencies, including fire protection and emergency medical assistance, depend almost entirely on volunteers. People who tax themselves, and give their own time and money for services on which communities depend, are not easily cowed by the federal government or by large corporations.

Palin's career may look like a poor imitation of a Preston Sturges script, but films such as Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) struck a chord with Americans precisely because the character type of the ordinary man or woman who takes on entrenched interests is instantly recognizable in America.

Palin really did take on the American oil companies and turn the scoundrels out of office. Her predecessor, Frank Murkowski, appointed her to the state oil and gas commission in the apparent belief that a small-town mayor and former beauty queen would rubber-stamp corrupt deals between the state and the Big Oil companies.

Shades of Jimmy Stewart in Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Palin ran against Murkowski and took his job. That does not qualify her to be president, to be sure, but it does show cunning and strength of character. Palin is qualified for high office by temperament if not by education, and is preferable to candidates whose education has made no improvement on their characters.

The fact that ordinary people safeguard their rights and have the means to challenge established interests does not exclude the possibility of fraud on a grand scale....

...One doesn't see demonstrations by wronged peasants in the small towns of America. There never were peasants - American farmers always were entrepreneurs - and the locals avenge injury by taking over their local governments, which have sufficient authority to make a difference. At the capillary level, school boards, the Parent Teachers' Association, self-administered religious organizations and volunteer organizations incubate a political class entirely different from anything to be found in Asia. There are tens of thousands of Sarah Palins lurking in the minor leagues of American politics, and they are the guarantors of market probity."

You can read the rest on your own but to add to this, contrary to claims by our current president, 'ordinary and common' Americans are not bitter and clinging to guns and God, rather they exercise and demonstrate their commitment to family, faith, hunting, and hard work. I've heard those and other critiques before, about the lack of foreign policy experience, the ‘provincialness’, or lack of 'sophistication' whatever these terms mean from the other side of the Atlantic, mostly from upper class Oxbridge(Oxford & Cambridge graduates)toffs, Tony Blair’s Nu-Labour, and Guardianist's who maintained a healthy contempt for the Sarah Palin’s of the UK- 'Middle Englanders' and 'Daily Mail Readers' and 'Rural people'. I think a more apt term is'Shire-folk' as Tolkien would describe them.

'This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it?'
Elrond, Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.

No, that doesn’t mean that Sarah Palin or other 'Middle Americans' are hobbits, but Tolkien’s metaphors still ring true for the Shire-folk of America as they did for the Shire-folk of England. Like America, it's the Middle Englanders who make England work in spite of Whitehall. In fact, if it wasn’t that long ago that Margaret Thatcher, a girl from a small town in England, worked her way up to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One can only hope that happens in this nation.

Once again Steve, thank you for presenting my comments.