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Saturday, May 17, 2008

This sums up so much...

From a Firedoglake blogger, Ian Welsh, in a post about John Edwards and "the tunnels" of class:

And so I listen to John Edwards and I marvel that he dares speak of the unspeakable, of the great fear—not just of the middle class, but of all Americans. For we choose not to look at that which we fear. It's not that we fear the working poor, or their humbler cousins, the broken, those who don't even have a bad job. It's that we fear that in them, we might see people like ourselves.

For, to feel secure, in our beautiful world, we must believe that there is something fundamental that makes us different from the poor and the broken. We must think, "ah, but I'm smarter", or "I work much harder", or, less gratifying but still good "I have a better eduation than them."

We must think, then, "I am more valuable than them, I am different, what happened to them could never happen to me! I'm different! I am!"

We cannot see them as humans like us. That many of them work hard, or worked hard when they were allowed to. That most are not stupid, and that many are no worse educated than we (and isn't that the easiest thing to fix anyway, as if everyone had a high school diploma, or a B.A. or a Ph.D there would be jobs for them all).

People see Edwards as a class traitor. the fact that he has achieved the American dream and is still unhappy, dissatisfied, doesn't think things are fair, feels it incumbent upon himself to look out for others less lucky, makes them profoundly uncomfortable.
This is why.

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