A Capitalist Manifesto for the American Middle Class

 

I expect reliable and cheap energy.  I expect that every time I flip on a switch, the lights will come on, and the heat will come up.  I expect that I will be able to fill my car with gas pretty much whenever I want at any gas station that is open and that I can hit the open road for a road trip without breaking the bank.

I expect abundant, varied, and cheap food.  I want to see the grocery stores stocked with fresh food and sundry items.  I expect that when I go to the store to get broccoli that I will find it, as will millions of other Americans.  I expect high-quality toilet paper on the shelves and that I can buy as many packages as I want.

I expect reliable services.  I expect that when I need a plumber, or my carpets cleaned, or my roof repaired, I can find someone to come in a reasonable amount of time and that they will either have or will be able to easily obtain the parts they need.

I expect to be able to my own home, to feel the pride and joy of ownership, to decorate it and landscape it and modify it as I wish, without asking for permission, and to be able to use it as collateral to build a business or whatever other needs I may have.

I expect that through hard work, I will pay for all these things to ensure they are available to all.

I expect to be able to speak my mind in public without fear of who is listening.  I expect to be able to declare my political ideology through tee shirts, hats, or bumper stickers without reprisals, whether on the street or a college campus.

I expect the schools to teach children the basic knowledge they need to be good citizens and to appreciate the country they have.  I expect that when they graduate they are literate, understand math and science and know how our system of government works.

I expect to be able to walk within our cities and parks without stepping over homeless people, garbage,  drug paraphernalia, and human waste.  I expect to walk without fear in our cities and neighborhoods, and not to be assaulted on the streets or on public transportation.

I expect civil order, and that wholesale vandalism, property theft, and destruction will not be tolerated.

I expect to see statues of our Founding Fathers and other historical figures throughout America. These works were created to honor them and inspire us, and they do.

I expect that through responsible and moral conduct, I will contribute to a peaceful and prosperous society for all.


All these things I expect not out of a sense of entitlement, but because the majority of Americans had them in my lifetime.  We know how to do this.  I never took  these things for granted.  I was always filled with wondrous gratitude and admiration for the freedom, hard work, and ingenuity that led to our prosperity and all the men and women who worked every day to keep society running smoothly.  Some of that hard work was my own, and I always tried to be a productive and responsible citizen by making the most of the opportunities afforded to me.

To our so-called elite: I am unapologetically grateful for my standard of living and under no circumstances do I want you to ruin it for me and millions of other Americans who either have or aspire to a similar standard. You may be bored with your lavish lifestyles, you may be suffering from fear, guilt, self-hatred, or confusion about what is a man and what is a woman, you may be living a life devoid of meaning,  but I am not.  You have not convinced me that destruction of our way of life is necessary for some greater goal.  You have no right to lower my standard of living to make you feel good about yourselves.  Lower your own.  I love living in the middle class, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity, and I will fight to keep it alive for me and future generations.

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  1. tigerlily Member
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    A manifesto I can wholeheartedly endorse.

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  2. RufusRJones Member
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    Gossamer Cat: I expect the schools to teach children the basic knowledge they need to be good citizens and to appreciate the country they have.  I expect that when they graduate they are literate, understand math and science and know how our system of government works. 

    The government Education Edifice is negative value now. Just cut a check to the parents.

     

     

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  3. RufusRJones Member
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    Excellent essay.

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  4. Blondie Thatcher
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    Gossamer Cat: To our so-called elite: I am unapologetically grateful for my standard of living and under no circumstances do I want you to ruin it for me and millions of other Americans who either have or aspire to a similar standard. You may be bored with your lavish lifestyles, you may be suffering from fear, guilt, self-hatred, or confusion about what is a man and what is a woman, you may be living a life devoid of meaning,  but I am not.  You have not convinced me that destruction of our way of life is necessary for some greater goal.  You have no right to lower my standard of living to make you feel good about yourselves.  Lower your own.  I love living in the middle class, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity, and I will fight to keep it alive for me and future generations.

    Excellently stated. 

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  5. Front Seat Cat Member
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    A manifesto I can wholeheartedly endorse.

    That could be read by any candidate and I would endorse them – you spoke for many!

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    You certainly speak for me and the majority of Americans! Thanks, GC!

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  7. The Scarecrow Thatcher
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    A manifesto I can wholeheartedly endorse.

    That could be read by any candidate and I would endorse them – you spoke for many!

    Yes, this could be read word for word by any candidate on the stump; it would be more effective and meaningful than whatever he was going to say.

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  8. Ekosj Member
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    Bravo!!!

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  9. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    Thanks all.  It was inspired  by a survey I was asked to take about energy needs in my state.  After wading through all their questions heavily permeated with saving the planet, I simply stated:  You have one job and one job only:  to deliver reliable and cheap energy in the cleanest way compatible with reliable and cheap.  That’s it.   

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  10. Painter Jean Moderator
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    Love it! Thanks, GC!

     

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  11. David Foster Member
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    Good post.  I have to note, though, that a quite significant amount of the support for ‘Woke’ policies…including irrational energy policies…comes from people who are by no means ‘elite’ in terms of income, wealth, or influence.

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  12. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    David Foster (View Comment):

    Good post. I have to note, though, that a quite significant amount of the support for ‘Woke’ policies…including irrational energy policies…comes from people who are by no means ‘elite’ in terms of income, wealth, or influence.

    True.  But do you think that without  people in the media, academia, government, the press, entertainment, sports etc proposing idiocy like banning powered cars, many of the middle class would have risen up to demand it?  And even those that have supported idiotic policies have gotten burned.  

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  13. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    I think that the working class believes “save the planet” and “hate has no home here” and all those wokie slogans all sound great. But when they see the practical application of those in terms of policy: skyrocketing energy prices . . . teachers grooming their children to be transies . . . then they rebel.

    But by then those policies and the people who promote them are deeply embedded and nearly impossible to root out.

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  14. Columbo Member
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    I feel that that ship has left the docks long ago. Sad.

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  15. RufusRJones Member
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    We can central plan our way out of it with colored pieces of paper. lol 

     

     

     

     

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  16. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    I think that the working class believes “save the planet” and “hate has no home here” and all those wokie slogans all sound great. But when they see the practical application of those in terms of policy: skyrocketing energy prices . . . teachers grooming their children to be transies . . . then they rebel.

    But by then those policies and the people who promote them are deeply embedded and nearly impossible to root out.

    I think that was one of the reasons I decided that we needed a few “Odes to prosperity” and an expression of gratitude pretty much free from unobtainable social justice and “green” utopian pipe dreams.  Notice that I did not use the word “defense”.  I am tired of being on defense as if I had to justify my existence.  I do not. Elected officials and corporations and schools should be told by us to do the job they were designed to do and nothing more.  They would be much happier if they did, because they actually would accomplish something and they would see tangible improvements in so many lives. 

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