Santorum: Middle Class is “Marxist” Talk

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ricksantorumfool4The phrase “middle class” has been around since 1745, although its more modern meaning stems from the early twentieth century when it was used to differentiate between the working class and upper class. It does have Marxist interpretation, but it is no more a Marxist phrase than economy or wealth. The rise of the middle class is really one of the triumphs of capitalism and why Marxism is a failed theory.

Then there is the Rick Santorum interpretation. Santorum claims there are no classes in America because it is the land of opportunity. To Santorum, talk of the middle class is just commie talk. If you notice a difference in social status between Bill Gates and the homeless guy living in a cardboard box downtown, then you must be one of those pinko agitators who are just trying to make trouble. After all, they both had opportunity so no one should try to emphasize with the downtrodden…or relate to the middle class family with a house in the suburbs and a two-car garage.

“Don’t use the term the other side uses. What does Barack Obama talk about all the time? The middle class. Since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? That’s Marxism talk.”

Declaring someone as middle class has nothing to do with being “stuck” there. Most people in the world only dream of the opportunity to be middle class in America. When the phrase is used, it is not a pejorative but part of the American dream. Nearly every politician in America talks about keeping the middle class strong, not wrapping it into some proletariat revolution. Democrats and Republicans might have their own ideas on how that is done, but Santorum is redefining the crazy wing of the political spectrum by trying to make middle class into some dirty, revolutionary word. This is foolish talk if there ever was any.

The reason Barack Obama talks about the middle class is because that is where the votes are. Santorum should be able to figure that out. Then again, that might explain his propensity for being on the losing side of political campaigns.

If we can’t agree on something basic like the middle class, the political divide is getting very wide in America.

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