Thursday, February 24, 2011

Individual responsibility and the Tea Party seems to be a one way street

It strikes me how with the emergence of the Tea Party the Right has partially turned into what they may have before termed cry babies. I mean, part of the whole schtick of the right has been that people with no self management skills, people who are irresponsible, go crying to the government and to society for sympathy, and that's a bad, bad, thing. But now it seems that from Sarah Palin on down the fact that you're white, working class, and weren't bought a pony for Christmas one year is being used as justification for the broadest, most intense, appeal to sympathy yet.
Palin, for example, in an interview that she gave with CBS during the 2008 campaign, talked about her lack of travel experience by saying that she had to work and wasn't given a passport and money to travel by her parents after college, so her ignorance is justified. Well, that was when you graduated from college, Sarah, haven't you been living an adult life since then? Earning your own money? Couldn't you manage to save up enough to travel the world or at least be curious about it, or do you want someone else to pay for it?

What if Palin had been black, had been a black candidate had pulled that line, had said that she wasn't well traveled because she wasn't from a white home where they gave a person a passport and some money and sent them off to travel the world? The right would have pounced on it as being a false attempt of a minority to extort sympathy from people, and would have said that it was her own fault that she hadn't been successful enough to afford to travel.

But Palin, and the rest of the pity-party country music embodiments out there, want special pleading for their cause. While they accuse immigrants of being lazy and wanting to take their jobs, of being criminals and bad influences. Ever heard of meth?

Personally, I'm all for people who have been at the bottom class wise coming to consciousness of where they are and where they come from, but this is ridiculous in its level of sheer hypocrisy. White workers, particularly white workers who identify with rural parts of the country, folks we otherwise might refer to as "rednecks", let us say, think of themselves as more aggrieved than people who were brought over here in chains and forced to work plantations.

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