I got to thinking about what “earning it” really means in America, because of criticism like Spunky’s that yes, Barack Obama had paid for his 30 minutes of campaign airtime yet he had not really “earned” the right to have and enjoy it, even after paying for it.
What does earning it mean in America’s power of story, and who should decide, provided the goal is better times for us all in the present and future we share (like it or not)?
I’ve been reflecting on what this resentment of Obama as uncontributing interloper could mean then, in the context of the same faction’s defense of $100 million worth of John and Cindy McCain’s houses and cars — evidently numbering beyond what this rich old man married to a beer heiress can even remember — and the latest socialist/Marxist backlash against tax cuts for the working class instead of the corporate kings and Wall Street wizards. Someone commenting here at Snook defended the second Mrs. McCain’s $300,000 outfit at the RNC by saying hey, she EARNED that or at least her father had done, by working hard!
And Joe the Plumber who reportedly doesn’t earn much of a living plumbing and doesn’t keep up with paying the taxes on what he DOES earn and enjoy, seems to have signed with an entertainment agent to see how much he can “earn” as a [gasp!] celebrity of whatever type the traffic in tough times will bear, so far having earned it only by subtracting from our public discourse rather than adding to it, for knowing little and doing nothing at all.
And say he does strike it rich — stupider celebrities have done — somehow earning our squeezed consumer dollars for whatever unworthy and unregulated sewage he gets a contract to pump through our public pipes. Will he then be righteously justified in hoarding his “earned” prosperity all for himself, continuing to see taxes as socialist and failing to help support the economy with any of his “small business” wealth?
Is profiting from the people’s choice of country music and beer, while begrudging the payment of taxes on those profits, the real American Dream? Is that “earning it” — more than the national leadership of a hardworking constitutional lawyer and community organizer, also benefiting from the people’s choice, now poised to organize the whole nation into a better future for us all (even for the unholy and illogical GOP alliance of surly poor and surlier rich?)
Who is the poster child for the America Dream your children are learning to pursue?