World’s Unhappiest Millionaire

Michelle Obama has many serious problems with America.  Will mere “change” handle it?  Or is much more invasive surgery called for? Like class struggle, or maybe revolution.  Her language, and criticism, is rather extreme. Desperate.
America is Mean

Source: America’s Unhappiest Millionaire by Yuval Levin  National Review Online 

. . . In Michelle Obama’s America, everybody’s suffering, no one has time to make any friends, no one earns enough to eke out a living anymore, and the bar of success is always being moved just out of reach. “Folks are struggling like never before,” she says, and in a nation struggling like never before, society cannot stand the strain.

(Quoting Michelle Obama) What happens in that nation is that people do become isolated, they do live in a level of division, because see when you’re that busy struggling all the time, which most people that you know and I know are, see you don’t have time to get to know your neighbors, you don’t have time to reach out and have conversations to share stories, in fact you feel very alone in your struggle because you feel somehow it must be your fault that you’re struggling that hard, everybody else must be doing ok, I must be doing something wrong, so you hide…What happens in that kind of nation is that people are afraid. Because when your world’s not right no matter how hard you work, then you become afraid of everyone and everything, because you don’t know whose fault it is, why you can’t get a handle on life, why you can’t secure a better future for your kids.

In such a state of debilitating terror, of course, we can have no hope for the next generation. “Our fear,” Mrs. Obama says, “is helping us to raise a nation of young doubters, young people who are insular and they’re timid, and they don’t try because they already heard us tell them why they can’t succeed.” . . .

. . . This view of America has been a real problem for the Left in the Bush years. As the liberal labor economist Stephen Rose has put it, “What progressives generally say about the economy is unrelentingly pessimistic — stagnant wages, rising costs, overwhelming burdens of debt. It’s a message that doesn’t resonate with the middle class — not only because it’s overly negative (by itself political poison), but because it’s simply flat out wrong.”

 

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One Response

  1. I havent followed Mrs. Obama’s life and comments very much and reading some of her comments here have been enlightning. I am a 47 year old black male and the maintenance manager of a major public transit facility. I find her views on the american plight to have some basis in truth. Altho verbalized to the exreme, her points on the strugeling and diminishing middle class holds water. I am there as well as many of my cloleagues. But some things are hard to see fromthe outside no matter how much it is explained.

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