Friday, February 09, 2007

Quote of the Day on Elitism

"I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas." ~Karl Rove
It's not often I find myself quoting The Corner approvingly, but although I disagree with the basic premise of this piece in using the quote to excuse a racist anti-immigration stance, Mark Krikorian gets one point right.
It is precisely Rove's son (and my own, and those of the rest of us in the educated elite) who should work picking tomatoes or making beds, or washing restaurant dishes, or mowing lawns, especially when they're young, to help them develop some of the personal and civic virtues needed for self-government. It's not that I want my kids to make careers of picking tomatoes; Mexican farmworkers don't want that either. But we must inculcate in our children, especially those likely to go on to high-paying occupations, that there is no such thing as work that is beneath them.
The thing is, this is precisely the elitist mindset that permeates today's GOP from the president right on down the line. They harp on "limousine Liberals" while pretending to care about ordinary citizens but the truth is they hold the working class in utter contempt and they've deliberately raised their children, many of whom are now "leading" the country, to believe they are above the underclasses. That they're entitled and expected to take advantage of the suckers who work long hours at hard labor to make their money.

It's this sense of entitlement that forms the heart of materialistic conservatism and allows them to declare with a straight face that an economy that has greatly increased the class divide is a good thing for the country as a whole.
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Blogger LonewackoDotCom said...

There are only minor differences between what Bush wants on immigration and what the Democrats want to give him. I could provide dozens of examples of Democrats saying something very similar - albeit not as gross - as what Rove said.

But, not to be outdone, the Dems have taken it to the next level and are collaborating with a foreign power.

10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LW, my post wasn't really addressing the immigration aspect, but on that score I'd say the difference between the Dems and the White House on this is that the Dems actually care about the immigrants as people while the Whtie House looks at them as business commodity. Either way, no one is going to make you happy if you'll only be satisfied wtih deporting everyone.

I have to ask though, if you had it your way, do you have enough kids lined up to send in to pick tomatoes and wash bathrooms in their stead? Who do you envision as doing the work if the immigrants don't?

12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the claswsical economists would have disagreed with the material conservatives. wealth of nations was about what is wealth and what is a nation. a bunch of rich people doesn't make a nation and it doesn't make a nation "rich"

3:41:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

You're right about that Lester.

7:38:00 PM  

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