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  •  Sirota's post today on "class" (9+ / 0-)

    His piece starts: Stay Classy, Mike Huckabee

    "The uncool subject is class," author Bell Hooks once wrote. "It's the subject that makes us all tense." What an understatement, considering the two leading "change" candidates in the latest presidential polls.

    As always, the divide is not between red America or blue America or white America or black America, but what Thomas Jefferson said was always the divide; between aristocrats and democrats.  David points out that  the Weekly Standard has called Huckabee a "rube" and a village idiot while Pegg Noonan calls the phoney cowboy Bush having "authentic average American man thinking."  
    David further theorizes:

    Huckabee, on the other hand, is a real-life regular guy. He views religion as more than just a convenient political cudgel, truly did pull himself "up from the bootstraps" — and his class grievances are personal. The well-heeled narcissists in the media and political Establishment are appalled. They see Huckabee as a country bumpkin getting uppity.

    As UCLA professor Mark Kleiman wrote, "If you went to Harvard, it's plain embarrassing to say you're going to vote for someone as, well, unwashed, as Huckabee."

    I remember all the "trailer trash" slurs on Clinton and I had a very wealthy droopy eyed Buckley type say to me here at a local restaurant that Edwards was "a social climber".  And he didn't go to the right schools.  Boy, I scratched my head at the social climber part.  I said, "But isn't that what American was created for?  social climbing?  We are supposed to dream of climbing up the ladder.

    Well, not ever for the Hamiltonians and John Adams Federalist aristocrats.  The unwashed masses are supposed to know there place.

    I was drawn to Edwards by a speech he made in 2003 where he eloquently made the case for rewarding work over wealth.  To have a healthy respect for the worker and farmer is what a supposed Christian nation was to be about.  "By the fruits of your labor shall ye be known."  Now it's by how much you scammed the other guy shall ye be revered.  

    So much for equality and fraternity.  Most of the people that run for office or get involved in politics have not evolved past the "what do I have to do to be a player" consciousness.  Who do I have to please.  Runaway "freedom" to screw your neighbor.

    David says that of course Obama's policies are better than Huckabee's with Huck's "punishing regressive tax proposals.  But

    Personally, I want to believe Obama's vision of America as a class-free utopia where change comes without rancor or division. But history shows that most positive change in America has been about class and conflict — whether it was the battle for basic labor laws or the fight for Social Security.

    That's why, whoever wins the primaries, the more class forces its way onto the presidential stage, the better.

    And another reason why Edwards MUST stay in this race.

    "It is not be cause things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca

    by MontanaMaven on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 09:32:27 AM PST

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