Beast Lee Siegel tells Occupy Harvard to 'come to Jesus'
So I'm a happy paying lurker here at Ricochet. I'm an under-employed freelance Content Strategist and today is my 41st Birthday. I'm no expert, don't have the chops to compete with the rest of this august congress of readers and posters, nor do I seek to compete else-wise. This struck me as interesting
So I saw this link from Hotair about "Occupy Harvard," and clicked it for a laugh. I mean "Occupy Harvard?" What could better typify Limo Liberal, Trustifarian, Punk? Instead, I found the piece to be a bit of a revelation. His conceit is a hypothetical speech a Harvard student should give his wealthy left-wing parents on Thanksgiving break. Lee's message is "You are phony liberals without the real class grit to understand." Or something.
However, I think he hits a nice collection of nerves with this longish quote:
"The man making $60,000 a year who can’t afford health benefits for his family looks at you, the liberal elite—sorry, guys, but let’s call a spade a spade—and sees that the fix is always in. You went to the same private schools. You graduated from the same handful of Ivy League universities. You live in the same exclusive urban neighborhoods, and you summer in the same exclusive enclaves...
The man you think is a “sucker” because he votes for Republican candidates who don’t seem to give a hoot about him will vote for them every time. He looks at you, the crowd of The-Fix-Is-Always-In, and he casts his lot with the crowd of wealth and initiative.
You see, Mom and Dad, they don’t lie about his prospects. They tell him that he has to sink or swim. They don’t disrespect his willpower by promising that government will make life easier for him. They tell him that they respect his individuality...
What you tell him is that he should put his life in your hands. Yet you scorn his religion. You mock his faith in the sacredness of conception. You deride his belief in family. You tell him that his love for hunting makes him a murderer, and that his terror at being economically displaced makes him a xenophobe and a racist..."
Now this guy, Lee Siegel is not on our side. However, he is clear eyed enough to see the contempt the Progressive elite has for Americans, and that its a big problem. The comments are pretty telling, as none of the readers even bothered to absorb the major cultural criticsm of the piece.
Just thought I'd run it up the Ricochet flagpole and see what y'all thought...