Woe Is Me!|
November 29, 2010
This article was first published in
In today's America, feelings have replaced facts as our governing policy. Shame
has been relegated to the back of the bus and squeaky wheels have been given the
place of honor.
Merit has been replaced by grievance mongers. Accomplishment and material success
are vilified as having been attained on the backs of the have-nots. And that's not
In a rush to attain unearned moral virtue, millions of Americans have bowed to the
PC police and advocated issues about which they know nothing in a desperate attempt
to appear relevant, compassionate and non-judgmental. Useful idiots reign supreme.
We now see our elected officials on the floor of Congress debating who has come
from the most humble background, as they wage a war on those greedy rich people
in an effort to show how compassionate they are.
Inconsequential nobodies now have a shot at their 15 minutes of fame, from the attention
seeking pastor who threatened to burn the Koran to the (shameful) couple who decided
to put the question of whether to kill their fetus to an online vote. And let's not
forget the founder of Wikileaks, accused rapist Julian Assange, who has put brave
lives at risk by his treasonous leak of classified documents.
The media has anointed Julian as a dedicated truth seeker instead of a pathetic
former nobody so desperate for fame that he is willing to sacrifice innocent lives.
The pastor was rewarded with a new car for not burning the Koran. And the online
couple contemplating aborting their child are now somebodies. Finally!
No word yet on if the baby will be allowed to live. Stay tuned.
A generation of baby boomers, brought up focused on their rights, as opposed to
their responsibilities, have turned their gazes from their own navels to register
faux disgust as they publicly opine about the current media anointed bad guys.
"I'm not rich," they exclaim with pride, secretly pleased that their failure in
life's arena is not their fault any longer. "Those greedy capitalists are to blame."
Whew. It's not my fault that I'm a loser. And if you dare to call me a loser, you're
being, gasp, judgemental - and everyone knows that's a no-no.
America is becoming a nation of squeaky wheels. This race to the bottom is a boon
to the stupid and lazy among us, as they shrug off the label of loser and adopt
the coveted mantle of victim-hood. Thus relieving them of the need to work hard,
attain goals, and become productive members of society.
But there's a catch. The "woe is me" template just doesn't play in Peoria.
Us rubes in flyover country understand that the political, intellectual, media and educational
"elites" who still control and determine the national conversation, are comprised
of less than 1% of America's total population.
We understand that the elite's template of victim-hood over merit is adopted only
by life's losers. And the majority of Americans aren't losers.
Like myself, most Americans outside the beltway and away from life in the elite
fast lane (the very ones who are paying their bills) still hold fast to traditional
values. Values that are continually vilified by the old media. Values like pride
of accomplishment, taking care of ourselves, and doing the right thing even when
no-one is looking. And despite the media sneers, we continue to raise our children
to believe in God over man.
For us rubes, respect still has to be earned, and we don't give points for merely
advocating the expenditure of other people's money on the cause of the day.
We rubes have not allowed the elites to redefine our language.
We have nothing but disgust for those who refuse to help themselves and are content
to suck on the government tit. And we have only contempt for those among us who
have succumbed to the politically correct notion that nothing is ever our fault.
(Are you listening, Obama?)
We are ashamed of the notion of dependency and we abhor the concept of victim-hood
that is being promoted by our elected officials as they seek media popularity and
face time at the expense of their principles and sworn duty. For shame.
Here's a news flash for those that celebrate victim-hood: You, indeed, are victims.
Victims of a political system that seeks to foster dependency in order to accumulate
more power. You are victims of a burgeoning grievance industry that seeks profit
through promoting misery instead of rewarding virtue.
While the media might comfort you with the notion that you have value and everyone
is your equal, the majority of Americans see you for what you are: useful idiots
who have chosen the easy path of letting others define you. Weaklings who have willingly
adopted standards set by others instead of tackling the much harder task of setting
your own. And that is nothing to be proud of - no matter what they say on TV.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative
She lives in South Carolina
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