Boy oh boy, you're gonna love this.
Late on Monday night, just before shutting down my computer and going to bed, I received an email. Someone had evidently been reading some of my older WorldNetDaily columns and came upon a December 2008 column called A Nation Bursting with Spoiled Brats.
When I wrote that column, my intent was to jerk people out of their complacency and make them realize and appreciate all the luxuries we take for granted in our country. Man, was I wrong! Instead I got a veritable firestorm of people who disagreed. The responses I got inspired a follow-up column called How to Tell If You're a Spoiled Brat.
Right now I'm going to pause and ask you to read both those columns in order to better understand the email I received this week.
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Now that you've read them, consider this email:
My name is Alex and I've have been an Economics and Sociology professor at [location of university removed so as not to identify the writer] for 6 years. I just finished reading your article, "A Nation Bursting With Spoiled Brats." To start, I just want you to know that I'm not a Republican or Democrat. Nothing I say here is influenced by any political philosophies or motives.
I enjoyed the first half of your article and agree completely that Americans today are wayyy too spoiled, fickle, and unappreciative. There's no denying that.
However, I am concerned with your ignorant, insensitive, and elitist rant vilifying less fortunate Americans (meaning less fortunate than you) that desire things such as free health care, affordable housing and food, and employment that pays a livable wage. I want to make clear that I do not support government pampering of criminals, illegal aliens, or lazy people who want to sit on their butts all day, and that I do not believe in punishing people for their success, but your views expressed in your article is exactly what anyone would expect from a person as financially well off as you who has never known what it's like to really struggle in poverty and who is extremely out of touch with reality, especially with regard to urban life.
A white American woman from the rural Mid-West who owns a business, a shop, a home on 20 acres of land, with home-schooled children, has a lot of nerve thinking she has the right to say ANYTHING against people who didn't come from where she did and who don't have what she has.
You think everyone in America has 20 acres of land, their own business, and the same opportunities that a white American woman has, who has an American sounding name, and who's ancestors probably have been here since the days of the colonial settlers? Do you think for example, that a person in the inner-city or suburb, who has a parent or family member who's a drug addict or who barely speaks English or who has no idea how the American economic and financial system works, whose family lives off of 11,000 per year from their slave-wage job, who went to poor schools with bad teachers and, as a result, got a poor education, and who live in a drug and crime infested community--do you think such a person is going to be inclined to be positive-thinking winner who goes out and seizes the world by the tail and be a success?
Do you think a parent who has to work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet and who can barely put anything away at the end of the month, and who has no time to pursue further education or even to take care of their own kids, is going to easily escape the economic prison they're in with their heads held up high?
Sure, it happens, occasionally. We always hear inspirational stories of people who succeeded in the face of enormous hardship or who started a business idea or invented something that soon made them a successful millionaire, but people need to stop rubbing such success stories in the faces of the masses because it is a huge misrepresentation of reality. The number of people who come from nothing and succeed in escaping their life of struggle and poverty are in the extreme minority! Mathematical probability always allows for an occasional winner to slip through the cracks, the same as with the lottery. However, the average person who pursues the lottery just because of the "You never know" slogan, is a fool who will spend the rest of their lives trying and hoping, but will never win. Why? Because the system wasn't designed for everyone to make it and be financially well off. After all, if everyone had money and was doing well, the value of money would be worthless. The game is fixed and most people don't know the rules.
In conclusion, my point is, do you think the people in the above two examples I mentioned can, whenever they need it or feel like it, go out and afford a nice health care plan, buy good food with nutritional value, or find a job that will allow them to live like human beings and not like slaves? Should anyone be forced to live in a cramped, dirty, overpriced apartment or tiny cookie cutter house & lot where the neighbors on both sides are so close they can hear everything you do in your own house and vice-versa? In a greedy and corrupt economic and legislative system where the business owners and the wealthiest of the wealthy get all the breaks, loopholes, and advantages, and the masses carry all the nation's economic burdens, it is not socialism to even the bar a bit and give people a fair, human standard of living.
You, like many Americans who use the word "Socialism," have no idea what it means. What you label "Socialism," I and many others call common decency and love for your fellow mankind. And you call yourself a woman of God? Do you think Jesus Christ would have spoken about the masses as arrogantly and insensitively as you have in your article? Do you think Jesus, when he was on earth, would have denied someone food, water, shelter, or would have refused to cure their ailment just because they didn't have money, were unemployed, had no skills, didn't go to college, or were lazy? The Bible teaches us to be hard, self sufficient workers but it does not teach us to be insensitive and arrogant towards the less fortunate and does not teach us to deprive others of help because they're poor and have nothing to contribute. Jesus Christ would have found your article apalling and disgusting.
I would very much be interested in hearing what you have to say in reply, just as long as you have an open mind, can think for yourself, and do not spew a bunch of conservative rhetoric.
I immediately sent this email to my husband, and he and I laughed heartily. Don also started writing a rebuttal. He's not quite finished yet, but I will happily post his thoughts as soon as I have a chance.
Meanwhile, I knew you all would enjoy reading Alex's email as much as we did.