Real America vs. Elitist America – Updated!
At a melancholy site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln spoke briefly of the human carnage during the Civil War to end slavery and save the Republic. After honoring the dead, he said, ”It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Alas, the last full measure of devotion by those who fought to preserve such a government no longer holds our devotion; the work remains unfinished; it remains to be seen whether they have died in vain. In a foreboding perversion of his famous statement about the government being “of the people, by the people, and for the people;” the Democrat Party has finally revealed its real belief: the people exist for the government, not the government for the people. It’s time to admit that Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards was right; there are two Americas. There is the America where most of us reside; and there is an elitist America.
Real America is a place where we want to keep the country we were given – imperfect, but with the heart and the means and a history of making corrections; a country where freedom is the organizing principle. Elitist America is a place where dilettante levelers make the rules others must follow because freedom doesn’t provide the outcomes they desire; where limits are set, and where freedom is seen as the right of the few to lead; and the duty of the many to follow.
Real America is a place where we do honest work, pay our bills, stay out of other people business, and want to provide well for our families. Elitist America is where the few don’t have to hold a job, they sponge off the accumulated labor of others; it’s where they don’t have to pay their bills, and they have other people provide for their families.
Real America is a place where people believe in innovation, creativity, and risk taking in order to build a better life. Elitist America is where you don’t create anything, but get to decide which innovation is rewarded, which creativity receives government grants, and where the labor of others builds you a better retirement.
Real America is where we all assume responsibility for our own successes and failures. Elitist America is where you get to blame others for the mistakes you make freeing you to make more of them.
Real America is where you are so concerned about the plight of another struggling person you choose to deny yourself some things in order to give your substance freely to the person in need. Elitist America is where you care so much for a certain voting constituent that you will confiscate any amount of someone else’s money in order to grant your favorites an entitlement.
Real America is where we struggle to make ends meet in a recession caused by government foolishness. Elitist America is where you spend $200 million $550 million ordering eight private jets when the Air Force requested one during the recession because you don’t want to sit on an airplane with the large unwashed crowd and all their untidy babies; and want to have your taxpayer paid travel made even more convenient.
Real America is where we don’t really care one way or the other about the skin color of our co-workers. Elitist America is where we must always take notice of skin color; count noses, keep records; and hand out the benefits of society based on the statistics.
Real America is where we aren’t interested in the sexual behavior of anyone else. Elitist America is where we must know every nuance of everyone’s sexual behavior; and we must all help them celebrate what they choose to do.
Real America is where we budget our money and shop at WalMart. Elitist America is where the taxpayers pay for your European vacation with 20 Secret Service vehicles, an unknown number of personnel; and you make the French President circumvent the law to keep the stores open on Sunday so you can shop. It’s also a place where when you show up at a soup kitchen to help feed the poor you wear $650 sneakers.
Real Americans are proud of their country, wear a Lakers hat, or Mickey Mouse ears when they visit another country; they’re proud of its doctors, and businesses; its athletes; its inventions. You’re proud to be a dentist or doctor or nurse who travels at your own expense to distant places in the world providing surgeries, clean water, and relief. Elitist America is where you announce that the world’s problems have all been created by Americans, and that you’re sorry we have great medical care, successful businesses, amazing athletes, and that we invented everything you benefit from; You’re especially sorry that aside from government American citizens freely and personally give tens of $billions every year to help people in trouble everywhere in the world, and that American health workers keep showing up around the world.
Real America is where we want to keep what little health insurance we have. Elite America is where you have someone else pay for your gold-plated, bulletproof health insurance; and in order to keep it, you put everyone else in a crummy system run by incompetent bureaucrats.
Real America is where discriminating against another person because of the color of their skin is called discrimination. Elitist America is where discriminating against another person because of the color of their skin is called “fairness,” and “equity.”
Real America is where you say something and if it’s worthy, others will listen; in conversation you give and take. Elitist America is where you get to do all the talking without interruption; where when you are asked a question, you don’t have to answer it but can answer any question of your choice – one you like more than the real question; and when you are shown to be a liar, you get to call those who point it out “Nazis” and ”mobsters.”
Real America is where you know what constitutes art, and if you like something beautiful, you purchase it and hang it on your wall. Elitist America is where you have no idea of what art is, but if something is pornographic it must be art; and you like it so much you use other people’s money to insure that the artist’s work is displayed prominently.
Real America is where you save up for a vacation; or, when times are bad, do a “staycation:” stay at home, camp out in the backyard, build forts with blankets and chairs, watch DVD’s from Netflicks, and order take out Chinese food and pizza. Elitist America is where when the people suffer, are out of work, and are losing their businesses you take a vacation to New York City, go to a Broadway play, eat out, and have someone else pay for it; because you’re special and you need a break.
Real America is where you eat too much fast food because you are working two jobs and don’t have the time to eat right. Elitist America is where you complain about the price of arugula at Whole Foods.
Real America is where you own a few guns, and use them to hunt game and birds. Elitist America is where you believe that beef, pork, and chicken come from the grocery store.
Real Americans are proud of the sacrifices its young men and women have made around the world. They are proud that America has conquered more territory than any country in history then gave it all back to its rightful owners and demanded no tribute; proud of the tens of thousands of white crosses and Stars of David on American and foreign soil – testimony of our willingness to, “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Elitist America is where you apologize for America’s arrogance in the interest of toppling dictators and monsters, killers of civilians; for the presence of Americans in other parts of the world; for setting the captives free; it’s where you simply declare victory, go home, and do nothing to assure the survival and success of liberty; but rather do all to constrict it.
Real America is where you don’t step out on your wife. Elitist America is when you step out on your wife, she stands by you while saying she is not standing by you; and the people love your roguish behavior so much they elect you President.
Real America is where it’s impolite to call good people names. Elitist America is where you call people stupid when you have no idea about who they are or what they have done.
Real America is where the use of our name is a sufficient form of dignity. Elitist America is where you demand to be referred to by your title since it took so much money to purchase it.
Real America is where you believe in God; that He saves you, and that someday you will have to stand in front of Him to give an account of your life’s work. Elitist America is where you believe god is the earth, you save her; and you don’t answer to anybody for what you do.
Real America is where you believe our founding documents mean what they say. Elitist America is where you believe the founding documents mean what you say.
Real America is where you believe in speaking the truth about things. Elitist America is where you call missiles, “peacekeepers,” where government controlled access to a doctor is called “public option;” where giving your money to their friends is called an “investment” or “stimulus;” where an economic disaster is called a “jobless recovery;” where creating a secret enemies list is called “speaking the truth;” where rationing energy in order to control your behavior is called “cap and trade;” where global cooling is called, “global warming;” where abortion is called, “choice;” where a mountebank is called a “community organizer;” and where an apology is called, “recalibration.”
Real America is where we turn the elitists out of office so they have to get a real job.