Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nation of Whiners

So, last week, from Florida Senator Phil Gramm complained that America is a nation of whiners. McCain ran away as fast as he could, the usual fare ensued, etc.

This morning in the Express (right next to the Sodoku) was the daily comment board, where readers respond to a question. (You can read the print version in PDF here.) The question was, of course, Are we a nation of whiners? 65% said yes.

The two comments posted from Yes voters were, paraphrased: we love blaming other people for things, just look at how ligitious we are; and the kids who get everything love to whine about the one thing they don't have.

What these commenters fail to recognize is that the people who are doing the most "whining" about the economy are the people who can't afford a lawyer and who are "complaining" about not just the one thing they don't get, but the many, vital, things they don't get, like health care, transportation, and food.

People who think this way demonstrate a pretty deep privilege. Look, after all, at all the people saying the severe downturn in our economy is "no big deal". How many of them are choosing between gas and prescription medication?

Let's not pretend everyone's just having a rough day. The economic concerns of this country--especially for the middle and working classes--are deep and worrisome. Let's not pretend otherwise.

2 comments:

4America said...

Obama’s campaign says: “Gramm's remarks and his policy work are a pretty accurate REFLECTION of McCain's worldview."

If this is true, why can't it be said that “Reverend Wright's remarks and work are a pretty accurate REFLECTION of Obama's worldview??”

It can be said, but some things seem to be more acceptable than others. Obama would rather lie or flip-flop than admit his faults and sordid past.

“GOD DAMN AMERICA” VS. “WHINING'?”

Hear me whine!

I’m voting for John McCain in November.

Pablo Kenney said...

If this is true, why can't it be said that “Reverend Wright's remarks and work are a pretty accurate REFLECTION of Obama's worldview??”

Really? Are you being serious? Phil Gramm has been referred to as John McCain's economic brain. He is (or was until Friday night) a paid surrogate for the McCain campaign. Had he not shown his privilege and lack of economic understanding he was in the running for a top cabinet spot in the ever more unlikely McCain administration.

Rev. Wright has never worked for the Obama campaign. He has never spoken for Barack Obama.

You've clearly already chosen your world view, luckily America is taking a little more time to decide.