Man was born for society.  However little he may be attached to the world, he never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it.  (Emphasis added.)

William Gregory Lewis, in The Monk

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It is disappointing to see how indifferent American politicians are to the plight of the white working class in this country.  It is particularly disappointing to see the indifference of the Democrat Party which for so long counted on the loyal support of these workers and their families.

Now that group seems forgotten.

In white working class neighborhoods today jobs are so scarce that only about one in five of men in their prime is even looking for work.  Only about half of these men are married. About half of the children born in these communities are born to unmarried women.

Social problems abound when work disappears. Drug abuse is prominent. Communities evaporate.  The working ethos and confidence dissolve, hope fades, despair takes root. People die.

The white working class have become in a sense as the Catholics of Northern Ireland once were – rejected, scorned, discounted, forgotten and poor.

While there are a number of factors that lead to this, the most galling aspect of their circumstances is that the ruling class (now the educational elites) do not appear to see them, and do virtually nothing to help them.

What we have seen with the rise of the self-anointed educational elite is the creation of class consciousness in America where once there was no such thing.

The politics of the Democrat Party with the collaboration of the entrenched Republican elect in Washington has created division and antagonism where none previously existed. Indeed, if this does not cease we’ll have stepped overtly toward Belfast and that is not good.

Shalom.

 

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