Every once in a while, I stumble across some really bizarre left-wing nonsense online and while most of the time I just ignore it, sometimes I want to use it to make a point. This is one such time. There are lots of people on the Internet, mostly on the left wing, whining about how unfair life is that people who make more money than they do… make more money than they do. Well, there’s a reason they make more money, more often than not, because they actually worked hard and earned it. Besides, who told you that life was going to be fair? That’s a liberal fairy tale.
Yet they want to live in the magical liberal utopia where nobody has to work, the government hands out paychecks and everyone is equal regardless of what they do. This thinking is unfortunately commonplace today, people don’t understand how the world works, they just want it to make them happy and emotionally comforted 24/7/365. There had better not be anything that happens for any reason that makes them melancholy, the whole point of being alive is to exist, carefree, in a leftist paradise.
So here’s my take on 30+ examples of upper class privilege that really aren’t.
1. Politicians pay attention to your class, and fight for your vote in election seasons.
That’s because you have money and politicians cater to people who give money to their campaigns. I might not necessarily agree with the way the system works but that’s just the way it is. If you want politicians to pay attention to you, give them a big paycheck, then they’ll do anything you want them to do.
2. You can advocate for your class to politicians and not have to worry about being seen as looking for a handout.
By definition, a handout is anything that you get that you have not earned. If you don’t want to be seen as getting a handout, get a job. Now sure, I think that there are lots of handouts being given out by the government that shouldn’t be, I’m against corporate welfare as much as I’m against personal welfare and for the same reasons. People, and companies, need to earn their own way.
3. You can readily find accurate (or non-caricatured) examples of members your class depicted in films, television, and other media.
It seems I answered something very similar to this in a recent post on racism and for the same reason, it’s the exact same liberal whining going on. Why the hell are you so worried about what’s on TV? If it’s good, watch it. If not, don’t. This is a prime example of the unfortunately all-too-common liberal mantra that says everyone has to make you feel good about the things you believe. No they don’t.
4. New products are designed and marketed with your social class in mind.
New products are designed and marketed to people who have the money to buy them. This is economics 101.
5. If you see something advertised that you really want, you will buy it.
Um… yeah? That’s how it works? This is just more liberal whining, “waaaaah! I can’t get what I want because I’m poor! Waaaaah!” Hey, I can’t go out and buy a new Lamborghini Veneno, should I whine about that too? Give me a fucking break.
6. You can swear (or commit a crime) without people attributing it to the low morals of your class.
I cuss up a fucking storm and I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks about it.
7. If you find yourself in a legally perilous situation, you can hire an attorney to ensure your case is heard justly.
Here’s a hint, don’t get yourself into any legally perilous situations. I can afford an attorney whenever I want, heck, there was a time when I had a lawyer on retainer, and I have never really had to use him except to write a couple of letters. I’ve never been in jail. I’ve never been arrested. I’m not stupid. Stop being fucking stupid.
8. You can talk with your mouth full and not have people attribute this to the uncivilized nature of your social class.
So essentially, you want to be a social misfit and not have anyone criticize you for it? Fuck you.
9. You can attend a “fancy” dinner without apprehension of doing something wrong or embarrassing the hosts.
I don’t have to do that because I actually know how to behave myself. Why don’t you?
10. You understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, and can choose to eat healthy food if you wish.
Yup, I make enough money to decide what I want to eat and be able to go to the corner store and buy it. Get a job you lazy asshole.
11. You can walk around your neighborhood at night without legitimate concern for your safety.
That’s because I choose to live in a safe neighborhood. I’ve lived in unsafe neighborhoods before, I opted to buy a house in a town where I can leave my doors unlocked all the time. You ought to try it. Get a job.
12. In the case of medical emergency, you won’t have to decide against visiting a doctor or the hospital due to economic reasons.
That’s why you have a good job.
13. You have visited a doctor for a “check-up.”
14. Your eyesight, smile, and general health aren’t inhibited by your income.
15. If you become sick, you can seek medical care immediately and not just “hope it goes away.”
Okay, rather than just say the same thing through this entire article, since most of the answers seem to be “get a job you bum”, let me explain some things. I can almost guarantee that the writer of this article is trying to live, perhaps with a family, on a minimum wage job. This person is an idiot. Anyone who tries to live on a minimum wage job is a moron. This is not how things are supposed to work. I’ll give you a personal example because this is how it’s supposed to be done. I worked all the way through school. Heck, I had jobs mowing people’s lawns from about the age of 13 and by the time I was 16, I worked part time, as many hours as I could, while pulling a complete course load at school. This means that by the time I turned 18 and was ready for college, my employers were moving me up into management. I paid not only for the last two years of a private high school, I paid 100% of my college expenses out of my own pocket. I had no student loans whatsoever and by the time I got out of college, I had a ton of experience, a strong work ethic and stepped straight into a job that I deserved and was well paying. Granted, I did this at a time when things were a little cheaper and student loans weren’t so prevalent (and the reason things are so expensive today is because of the liberal mindset), but I don’t think I’d have much problem doing the same today, given the same circumstances. Back in the day, there was no medical insurance until you got into management but I had been covered by my parents’ policy so if I got sick, I went to the doctor, no problem. This is how it’s supposed to work. Stop being a pussy.
16. If you choose to wear hand-me-down or second-hand clothing, this won’t be attributed to your social class, and may actually be considered stylish.
Get a… yeah, I know. Let’s just consider that a given from here on out. Why are you worried about being stylish anyhow? Clothes are clothes? I spend all of my free hours wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Style is about as far from my mind as you can get.
17. You can update your wardrobe with new clothes to match current styles and trends.
I don’t care about trends, current or otherwise. Stop being so fucking shallow.
18. As a kid, you were able to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities (field trips, clubs, etc.) with school friends.
Yup, my parents had jobs. Why don’t yours?
19. As a kid, your friends’ parents allowed your friends to play and sleep over at your house.
Are your parents ashamed of themselves and their situation? If so… they should get better jobs.
20. You don’t have to worry that teachers or employers will treat you poorly or have negative expectations of you because of your class.
I’ve never been in that situation, even in a very expensive private high school where the majority of students drove to school in BMWs and Jaguars. I didn’t. Nobody ever had bad expectations of me, mostly because I was performing at the top of my class.
21. The schools you went to as a kid had updated textbooks, computers, and a solid faculty.
Yes they did because my parents worked hard to provide for it and I cared enough to work my ass off to pay for it in my Junior and Senior years. Get a job.
22. Growing up, college was an expectation of you (whether you chose to go or not), not a lofty dream.
Yes it was. I didn’t have to go, I wanted to go and I made sure that I had the money to go. My parents never paid a red cent of my college expenses. I bought my own first car out of my own pocket. In fact, I’ve bought every car I’ve ever owned out of my own pocket. I’ve paid for all the gas and maintenance. I’ve paid my own rent and mortgage. I’ve paid everything because I’ve earned it. Why don’t you give it a shot?
23. Your decision to go or not to go to college wasn’t based entirely on financial determinants.
Nope, it was based on hard work.
24. People aren’t surprised if they realize you are intelligent, hard-working, or honest.
Clearly you’re not hard-working because you have massive money issues.
25. An annual raise in pay at your job is measured in dollars, not cents.
Of course it is, I don’t work for McDonalds or Walmart. I have a high-paying job because I’ve earned it.
26. You’ve likely never looked into a paycheck advance business (e.g., “Check Into Cash”), and have definitely never used one.
27. You are never asked to speak for all members of your class.
I don’t even have a class, I’m not part of a group, I’m an individual. You ought to try it.
28. Whenever you’ve moved out of your home it has been voluntary, and you had another home to move into.
*sigh* Job. ’nuff said.
29. It’s your choice to own a reliable car or to choose other means of transportation.
Covered this one already.
30. Regardless of the season, you can count on being able to fall asleep in a room with a comfortable temperature.
Oh, I don’t necessarily know about that, during the summer it can get very hot and during the winter it can get very cold and it’s rare when I’ll run the heating or air conditioning all night, it’s a waste of energy. Granted, I choose to live in an area where the temperate extremes aren’t… extreme and don’t have to.
31. When you flip a light switch in your house, you don’t have to wonder if the light will come on (or if your utilities have been terminated).
No, I’m a responsible person who pays his bills and takes his commitments seriously. Try it. It works.
32. People don’t assume you’ve made an active choice to be in your social class, but instead assume you’re working to improve it.
You should be making an active choice, anyone who lives in squalor and poverty and doesn’t work their ass off to get out of it is an idiot. Every choice you’ve made in your life factors into your living conditions and social class. Don’t like where you are? Change it.
33. The “dream” of a house, a healthy family, and a solid career isn’t a dream at all, but simply a plan.
It’s always a plan. You have to set your goals and work toward them. The problem with a lot of poor people is that they never realize that a family and a house and a career are things you need to earn, not things you can simply have whether you can afford it or not. You should not get married until you can provide for your spouse, or you can provide for each other. You should never have children until you are financially stable enough to do so. If you are never stable enough? Don’t ever have kids. I don’t care what you want, personal responsibility is more important.
34. People do not assume based on the dialect you grew up speaking that you are unintelligent or lazy.
Because there are no successful southerners, right?
35. When you choose to use variants of language (e.g., slang terms) people chalk them up to plasticity in the language (rather than assuming your particular dialectical variants deserve redicule and punishment).
The way you act is going to affect how people see you, no matter what your social class is. The difference is, people who are successful have learned where it is and is not appropriate to use such language, people who are not, typically, have not. This is all part of the maturation process. Some people never grow up.
I wish this kind of whining wasn’t commonplace among liberals but it is. Remember the Occupy movement where college students wanted the government to forgive all the college loans because they were unhappy that they had to pay them back? Welcome to reality. Personal responsibility isn’t an ideal, it’s how things need to work and liberals, particularly young liberals, need to get that through their thick skulls.