It occurred to me today that the past three Republican nominees for president were scions of some kind — Romney’s father was a respected, principled governor, McCain’s family had a multigenerational history of military leadership, Bush was the idiot son of an admirable yet bumbling son of a well-respected politician — while both Obama and Clinton have very similar claims to being, for all intents and purposes, self-made men. And yet, they are both quick to say that they did not achieve their great successes by themselves. Meanwhile, those who more clearly owe their success to some form of personal and/or cultural advantage — Romney often gets compared to his father if only to illustrate his shortcomings as a public servant and presidential candidate; McCain, setting aside his war heroism, was generally thought of as a shitty student coasting off his father and grandfather’s successes, Bush was a coke-sniffing dipshit — want you to believe that they did it themselves. Is that Freudian, or just ignorant?
I know a lot of people, who are Republicans, who don’t see the silver (or at least high end stainless) spoon sticking out of their mouths. They certainly work hard for what they have, but can’t seem to see that they started out much further along than many. It’s interesting. And frustrating.
Two of the most die-hard, devout Republicans I know (one wanted to become the next Matt Drudge, only he couldn’t put together coherent sentences) started a computer repair / consulting business as an unemployment cheat, continuing to suck off the government teat while using that money to subsidize their foundering company. Ultimately they cheated the unemployment system, their taxes, and one another, and the company failed miserably, but they’ll be damned if anyone else deserves the same opportunity—or even a non-fraudulent safety net to make sure they don’t fall through the cracks.
It should be noted that they get VERY ANGRY if you remind them of this, so nobody mention it to them.