The Hypocritic Oath

Poverty Sucks

Poverty Sucks

Victor Davis Hanson:

Once the liberal vision of legal equality of opportunity was mostly achieved, the melodrama of ensuring an equality of result entailed. Wealthy liberals, however, were not quite up to their own rhetoric, in the sense of living the life of egalitarianism, diversity, and conspicuously reduced consumption. I don’t remember any Silicon Valley grandees offering space for a few non-running Winnebagos to be parked out behind their six-car garages. (I can offer blueprints of how it is done by sending a few pictures from six or seven of my neighbors.) There are few Kias on Malibu streets. Or less dramatically, Google execs do not put their kids in Redwood City elementary schools to learn of hard-knocks from the Other. Kanye West’s house has unused room for lots of homeless people. MSNBC radicals do not take the subway home to inner Harlem. Tenured Stanford faculty do not live in East Palo Alto.

The result of cosmic disappointment in the ability of progressive politics to correct human disparities has given birth to the modern psychological disorder of elite liberalism, which is mostly about squaring the circle of maintaining privilege while deploring inequality. Say America is unfair ten times a day, and the BMW in the garage and the new putter are no longer sins.

Barack Obama cannot finish a sentence without lamenting unfairness; but he proves to be no Jimmy Carter in scouting out the most exclusive of golf courses, and the richest of fat cats to putt with. Elizabeth Warren talks of oppressed minorities, but then invents a pseudo-Native-American identity to get a leg up on the elite competition in order to land at Harvard. The fact is that the elite who champion the poor and the poor themselves are not the players of the 1930s; the former usually make about the same amount of money and enjoy the same privileges as those they damn, while the latter have access to appurtenances and privileges denied the royalty of old.

The wealthier and more secluded an Oprah, the most desperately she searches for evidence of bias and inequality, finally reduced to the caricature of whining about racially driven poor service over a $38,000 crocodile handbag. If most in California don’t care what people do in their bedrooms, or if gays have on average higher incomes than non-gays, or if gay marriage is now de rigeur, the search for cosmic equality continues at an even brisker pace, resulting in transgendered bathrooms in the public schools (crede mihi: the ten-year-old daughters of the Yahoo elite will not encounter transgendered fifteen-year-old boys in the female Menlo School restrooms).

It is not perverse, but logical that Obamacare architects don’t want Obamacare coverage. It is understandable that Washington young-gun liberals know exactly where DuPont Circle or Georgetown gets iffy. Modern liberalism provides the necessary mental mechanisms to ensure the enjoyment of privilege. Al Gore was the classical liberal of the age, crafting an entire green empire predicated on opposing the very values that he later embraced to become, and preserve staying, very rich.

There’s a whole bunch more and you should go read all of it. I mean it – go read it. What are you waiting for?

I’m not bothered by the fact that I’m not rich. I made my peace with that reality a long time ago. Nor do I begrudge anybody their wealth, not even the ones like Paris Hilton who inherit it. I don’t believe that rich people get that way at my expense. I have had a lot of things taken from me in this life but it wasn’t rich people who stole them.

What bothers me is wealthy people bemoaning the country and economic system that made them wealthy. What really annoys me is the hypocrisy of rich people acting like wealth is a crime while they live la dolce vita with their money. If Matt Damon thinks public schools are so great why does he send his kids to private school?

I’m not really big on fancy theories, I am more of a pragmatist. Capitalism and democracy seem to be connected. Generally speaking, where you find one you find the other, and when you find both of them you also find prosperity right around the corner.

Capitalism and democracy both have flaws, but they both have one important thing in common – they work better than any other system that has ever been tried. If your criteria is “the greatest good for the greatest number” then there is really only one option for a political/economic system – ours.

Our system took thousands of years to develop with some of the smartest minds that ever lived working on it. And yet the both democracy and capitalism are under constant attack by some of the very people who have benefited the most from them.

The ultimate irony is that a lot of the problems we have today are the result of people trying to fix what wasn’t broken, and the people responsible for that mess want us to keep trying more of what doesn’t work.

About Dr. Myiq2xu

Unless President Donald J. Trump pulls a hat out of a rabbit real soon, on 1/21/21 I will wake up in a socialist banana republic.
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101 Responses to The Hypocritic Oath

  1. The Klown says:

    Imagine if when you went to a casino the house kept their cut but made you share your winnings with all the losers.

    That’s socialism.

  2. The Klown says:
  3. The Klown says:

    Mitt Romney is uber rich. I bet if he wanted to he could be a billionaire, but he quit trying to get richer many years ago. And he does more to help the less-fortunate than Barack Obama ever has.

  4. The Klown says:
  5. like you, I’ve never hated the rich. I LIKE them because I know that that opportunity is open to all despite the message that the Einsteins in the media want to feed us these days. It is that part of the message, the decrying of opportunity in America that burns me up the most. There’s still TONS of opportunity here in the USA. Upward mobility is alive and well!! While the lefties and the MSM are whining about the lack of mobility, others are rising. In fact, they are leaving all of the opportunity to the rest of us while they whine. We should probably be happy about that….less competition!!

    • The Klown says:

      It takes 3 things to get rich in this country – luck, talent and hard work. The more you have of any one of those things, the less you need of the other two.

      Of the three, luck is the only one that is indispensable. Talent and hard work alone will not make you rich, but anybody can win the lottery.

      On the other hand, being born with talent is a matter of luck, so the only thing you really have any control over is how hard you work.

      • hard work is also indispensable. The road is littered with lazy talented people……

        I agree with you about the luck thing. My mentor, Mary Kay, always said “that harder I work the luckier I get!” Althought it is a funny thing to say, the harder you work the more opportunity opens up to you.

        In the end, the U.S. is still the only place with the mobility it has. The world is still breaking down our doors to participate….

      • Blessyourheart says:

        You’re such a moron. Tell me again which of these things Kim kardashian or Paris Hilton has? Most rich people inherited their money. Dipshit.

        • The Klown says:

          Inheriting money is luck.


        • Your moronic class assumptions are showing. Go read Wiki on wealth in the US/affluence in the US. You are bassackwards. MOST people work for their wealth. The Klown nails it.

        • The Klown says:

          If you aren’t born into money you have two choices:

          1. Bitch about how unfair life is.

          2. work hard trying to get rich.

          But the fact that you weren’t born into money doesn’t give you the right to take someone else’s inheritance. Nobody owes you ANYTHING you don’t earn.

    • votermom says:

      Perfect income equality can be found in any graveyard.

      • hahahahaha votermom!! That reminds me of my grandmother in her early 90’s wanted to take a visit to the graveyard. It was a Jewish section of the graveyard, and she went from tombstone to tombstone filling us in on all of the gossip of the dearly departed, some of it quite juicy!! LOL!!

  6. votermom says:

    It’s 1F right now. I hear it will go all the way up to 10F today

    • your forecast sounds like a heatwave!!:)

    • The Klown says:

      It’s -11 degrees where my daughter lives (Indy) and her power went out briefly last night.

      When the power goes out here it’s an inconvenience. When the power goes out where it’s -11 degrees, that’s a life-threatening situation.

      • funny—-when I lived in Indiana 30 year ago or so, the power also went out in this type of event. That was scary!! We happened to have a woodstove so we really burned through our wood to stay warm until the weather and the power rebounded. How’s your daughter doing—–has her power come back on?

  7. votermom says:

    Very OT – is anyone interested in signing up for dropbox?(free cloud space for files etc) Would you like to use my referral link so I get extra free space?
    Let me know & I’ll email it to you. Thanks.

  8. driguana says:

    This really does need to be the year of standing up to hypocrisy….no matter where it comes from! The one I detest most is uber-libs yelling how much they hate the conservative wealthy while praising and adoring the Hollywood/entertainment/music industry wealthy.

    And I think related to that is to stop putting people in “ismatic” boxes. The left and right both make a big issue out of not being totally progressive or conservative. I bet most everybody has a bit of both yet we have to be put in some strictly defined political confinement. As I tried to explain to a prog friend over the holidays, if you are an “environmentalist” wanting to protect the environment and support “conservation” projects, you are essentially a “conservative”…..alas, he didn’t get it. I truly believe that more and more of us are conservative on some issue and liberal on others….so where do we belong? Unfortunately, we then get thrown into the “moderate” box and it seems everyone hates a “moderate”….that was my undoing over at The Confluence!!!

    • Constance says:

      I was labeled a Republican right before I was banned at The Confluence! I have always been an Independent.

      • hey Constance—-a little OT but how come Hillary’s tears in NH were so reprehensible to the vile progs but Melissa Perry’s faux tears over at MSNBC were so “authentic” {{{{argh}}}}

        I’m an Independent too and loving it!!!

        • Constance says:

          I know…MSNBC is a real in-crowd situation and as always cliques I don’t belong to bore me. I also don’t like their GOODEVIL philosophy because life seems to be
          to me with a lot of room for grey and very little black or white. Also can’t stand MSNBC misogyny and the fact that they lie.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Well you are still here and it is kinda closed down. 😆

        • Constance says:

          I know and I feel kind of bad that Confluence is closed down because it meant a lot to me in 2008.

    • Lulu says:

      Thinking people and those who resist brainwashing are almost always moderates in at least a few areas. What is called the “left” has had to resort to social intimidation to maintain their ranks. It is breaking down because of their gross incompetence so they become louder and more strident (nastier followed by excuses and tears and declarations of genius by their friends in tweets). The purge of moderates from the Democratic party is what is killing it.

  9. votermom says:

    I hope to get some lefties wee-weed up with this

  10. The Klown says:
  11. DeniseVB says:

    Good morning popsicles 🙂

    In defense of rich people, have you ever gotten a job from poor people? I like to use that line on vile progs who think the rich are evil.

  12. Lulu says:

    Outrage, hypocrisy, and money.
    “The basic business model encourages hosts and bloggers to court controversy as a way of generating higher ratings (and, thus, more advertising dollars). This week’s uproar over Harris-Perry’s treatment of Romney’s grandchild is illustrative. Harris-Perry subsequently apologized, but while she and the network may regret having offended the Romneys, it’s doubtful they regret the fallout for her program. The episode has garnered a good deal of attention in the mainstream press, putting Harris-Perry square in the national spotlight. Unless she loses her job (as Bashir ultimately did), the controversy could prove more a blessing than a curse, because carefully negotiated shock is profitable.”

    • piper says:

      This may generate a few more viewers for a week or possibly two. I’m finding that more of my liberal friends are getting tired of the hate messages – want to either change the subject or have started grumbling about all the nastiness.

    • well now that’s stomach turning…

    • 49erDweet says:

      The idiocy of Politico’s position is they are zeroing in on a minority’s mindset and interest and extrapolating it to the total viewership. Illogical and self-defeating, but then it’s always “different” when they do, isn’t it?

    • DeniseVB says:

      How can you be outraged if you don’t watch the channel ? I’m sure if there were a ratings bump it was conservative bloggers tuninng in 😀

    • swanspirit says:

      Omg , as soon as they try to wade through her agonizingly circuitous overly cute illogic , they will run away screaming . or maybe just turn away to relieve the nausea .

      • “Illogic ” is well said. They apparently majored in Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties and aren’t capable on their own of coming indoors during an ice storm.

  13. piper says:

    We were just discussing this the other day, how certain people are always screaming about how much we need to do for illegals, poor, minorities but under no circumstances live in their neighborhood or have them live in exclusive places. Wonder if Mike Farrell would have cop killer Mumia live in his home or across the street from him.

    It’s a balmy -11 here this AM – our high will be 3. What has the dem. party done for me – moved me to Independent column.

  14. foxyladi14 says:

    The Algorites are gettin stinkin richer from this scam. 😡

  15. The Klown says:

    Apparently ol’ Stinky Feet is reading a speech.

    My television is OFF

  16. The Klown says:

    Man, there is global warming all over that thing!

  17. The Klown says:
  18. Mt.Laurel says:

    Like votemom, it had risen to 1F by 6:00 am this morning. Our Montgomery county schools along with DCs and PGs are open trying to prove that they are not wimps. I hope most people kept their kids at home. The true deniers will burn excessive amounts of fuel trying to keep heat the schools and will be lucky to get above above 60F in those buildings with green technology. We had more “snow” days growing up in western PA because of extreme cold than snow. Snow you can shovel and those living further out just don’t attend those days when buses cannot move around. But not even coal country with those old fashioned hearty furnaces could you heat the buildings to an acceptable level and you did not waste precious resources just to prove a point.

  19. swanspirit says:

    You can almost always tell what the VILEPROGS are pushing by watching Jon Stewart the Obama shill , and last night true to form , he was all over global warming . He failed to mention his own “carbon footprint ” or what he was personally doing about it . He did mention that the scientists on the ship stranded in Antarctica did not make huge salaries and suggested his audience “follow the money” . Not HIS money , or Al Gore’s money just other wealthy people’s money . He is a real bellwether for Vileprogs and liberal hypocrites 🙂

  20. underwhelmed says:

    What really annoys me is the hypocrisy of rich people acting like wealth is a crime while they live la dolce vita with their money.

    I think they think that if they scream loud enough about how mean and awful it all is, nobody will notice how much money they have and how they spend it.

  21. Lulu says:

    Why does Satan have on a muscle shirt? Oh. This is in Oklahoma.

  22. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s a must read, again, vindicating what we all predicted in 2008. With hopes many other former Obama staffers and appointments follow Gates’ lead and write a book. Especially Michelle’s former staffers 😀

      • Agreed on your hopes, but not holding breath. The ethically challenged quality of their staffs offer faint hope many will follow Gate’s example. Possibly, in a decade or so, after they experience reality and mature…..

  23. threewickets says:

    Wall Street is running the economy and much of Washington these days. It’s all about the financial economy, and BHO is their puppet. American workers are becoming an afterthought.

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