I recently came up with a phrase that other than one fleeting reference was not to be found in Google. It seemed to me to really describe a recent phenomenon that I found quite disturbing: the demographics of the electorate who voted for right wing conservatives in the November 2010 elections both on the federal level as well as in many states across the country. The phrase I coined was “Middle Class Traitors.”
Since I take credit for the phrase, I decided to provide my own definition.
“Middle Class Traitors are members of the middle class who think they have more in common with the rich and/or think they will someday be rich. As a result, they support government policies and cast votes against their own interests and those of the middle class.”
And then I decided to start my own blog called Middle Class Traitors.
My purpose is to have the phrase Middle Class Traitors become part of the popular political lexicon. The intent is for Middle Class Traitors themselves to better understand what they’re doing to themselves and to others and perhaps see the error of their ways. I want them to realize that they’ve been brainwashed and used by the right as part of a process to divide and conquer.
Separation! Demonization! Salvation! That’s part of the right wing process for creating Middle Class Traitors. They want you to feel as if you’re “different.” You’re not one of “them,” whoever “them” is. You’re better than them.
“They” are the enemy. They’re trying to “get you.” Whether, “they” are African-Americans, the poor, the working class, the middle class or even the government; they must be demonized.
And of course, the right wing offers salvation and with religious fervor proclaims that salvation is only available through smaller government, reducing the deficit and no new taxes!
And Middle Class Traitors buy into it and support policies, candidates and legislation as they cast ballots “against their own interests.”
Survival of the fittest! Every man for himself! Laissez-faire capitalism! An Ayn Rand Objectivist view with no room for thinking about anyone but yourself! That’s part of the bill of goods being sold by the right wing to Middle Class Traitors. That kind of thinking is at the heart of Paul Ryan’s budget proposal designed to social re-engineer our society in the name of reducing the deficit.
So how do these Middle Class Traitors benefit from supporting this right wing agenda? They must benefit or else why would they support these policies? The truth is that they don’t benefit. In fact these policies work against their “real” situation, as opposed to the beliefs they’ve been duped into accepting.
The real beneficiaries are the rich and corporate interests while Middle Class Traitors are no closer to being “one of them.” They’ve simply learned to hate and distrust.
I hope that you’ll visit my Middle Class Traitors blog.
Last of all, I want to thank Betsy for giving me the opportunity to write this piece for Classism Exposed. It’s a great blog!
Jody Gorran is the chairman and owner of Aquatherm Industries Inc of Lakewood, NJ, the largest US manufacturer of solar thermal collectors for warm water applications such as solar heating of swimming pools.