Ordinarily, I don’t bother responding to comments. This isn’t a bulletin board and I have a lot more control over what gets posted, so it’s not fair to engage in a back and forth. (I also do not moderate posts unless they are spam, which is handled automatically). But Ira Leinmann’s post is a wonderful opportunity to expose just how pathetically ignorant, prejudiced and hypocritical many liberals are.
I won’t bother to reply to his rant about how important liberals have been to society. The blog speaks for itself on that point. But the really interesting thing about Mr. Leinmann’s post are the pandering assumptions he makes about me. Because of my job and the fact I’m surrounded by liberals who, like Mr. Leinmann, would not tolerate my ideology if they knew of it, I have taken steps to make this blog anonymous. (Indeed, they would not even sit at a table with me, if they knew my ideology–would you mr. Leinmann?) There is nothing on Daily Danet that reveals where I was born, how wealthy I grew up or am now, whether I am White, Black, Hispanic, or Jewish. Whether I am old or young. In essence, I am a perfect Rorschach test for the poor liberals who stumble upon the site. All he knows about me are my political beliefs.
So let’s peer into poor Mr. Leinmann’s subconscious and see what he really thinks about people who disagree with him. To Mr. Leinmann, because I’m Republican/Conservative/Libertarian (for the record, I’m closest to a Lockean Conservative), I must therefore be:
- Anti-[S]emitic (notice how I capitalize the S);
- I am “in a career where I make money off the backs of the working class”;
- I am a member of the “old boy network”;
- I was born with “a silver spoon in my white male mouth” (that one says it all, doesn’t it?); and
- I am unable to “sit at a table with those I so abhor.”
Mr. Leinmann would have a heart attack if he new I were a Black woman who grew up in the (thanks to a century of Democrats) segregated community of Titusville Alabama, or was it South Carolina? Fortunately for Mr. Leinmann’s cardiac condition, I am not Condi Rice or La Shawn Barber (or millions of others) who rose in society despite his pandering bigotry of low expectations.
As for the anti-Semitism, I could be Jewish. Benjamin Disraeli is one of my heroes and-though you wouldn’t have known it from this site before-I did grow up on Long Island and I am a lawyer in Manhattan. But no, despite overwhelming odds, I am not Jewish either. As to the reflexive charge of anti-Semitism, anecdotal evidence can’t disprove such a slanderous charge, so please make it again, in public so I can sue you for libel and prove it in court.
As it happens, I am Catholic, and belong to the left-over race of “white.” Unfortunately for Mr. Leinmann’s psyche, however, I am not a part of the Good ‘Ol Boy network. I am the third generation of my mother’s family to live in America. My maternal grandmother was born in Italy and my grandfather was Welsh (hardly accepted as the ruling class anywhere in the world). My father’s family has been here since the potato famine-the Highlands one in the 1860’s. (Had we fought in the Civil War, we undoubtedly would have been on the side of the North, having just arrived at Ellis like every other second class citizen).
Of course, to say that I’m merely Italian, Welsh and Scottish would be incorrect. There’s Irish in there, as well as German and Swiss. If I have children, they will also be part Indian as my father-in-law was born in Bangalor, India.
As for the silver-spoon-I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, but I will do everything in my power to make sure my children are. My brother and I were the first of our line to ever go to college. My late father was a truckdriver for 40 years and my mother is still a secretary.
When I was a boy I learned the value of hard work and pride from my father. He was laid off from his job and took up roofing. After spending all day fixing roofs in the hot sun or the freezing cold, he would come home, and while the rest of us slept, he would strip engines for my grandfather’s scrap yard. Even that was not enough feed two growing boys, so we had to apply for food stamps.
I remember when my father finally got a new job. Reagan was in office and things had begun to turn around. I went with my mother to the welfare office (we couldn’t afford baby sitters and I was about 7). My mom wanted to return the unused food stamps. We had enough money (barely) to support ourselves and we didn’t want a hand out. That is when my hatred for big government programs began. They told us we were crazy-it was free money and we should keep them. “Forget your pride-it’s free! It’s not like anyone has to pay for this tax-payer supported program.” I think my mom gave them away to someone who actually needed them.
Fortunately, my father’s job was steady and when my brother and I were old enough, Mom went back to work, too. They saved money where they could and my brother and I were able to take out loans to go to college. I overdid it a bit and wound up getting 3 degrees: a B.S. in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook; an M.S. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from St. John’s University (the first private school I ever attended). I worked hard for academic merit scholarships and paid every penny of tuition and room and board myself. I have over $130,000 in student loans to prove it.
As for making a living off the backs of the “working class,” well you can’t even imagine how wrong you are. I don’t work for the government, so I don’t take anything from the working class. To the contrary, I pay over $40,000 in federal taxes every year-hopefully minimizing the crushing tax burden of those who haven’t worked their way up from food stamps to six figures. (And, by the way, “working class” is an insult. I think you mean “middle class,” unless, of course you intend (as you may very well) to say that lawyers and doctors and teachers and architects don’t “work.”)
So, Mr. Leinmann I would expect an apology, but far beit for a liberal to admit their prejudice or bigotry. I know you don’t have the mental faculties to understand how someone could grow up “working class” and still be a Republican. I know that it’s a fundamental belief in your ideology that by destroying a man’s pride and giving him what he can work for himself, you’re helping them and not crippling them. I know your party counts on it. It’s called class warfare and you’ve given us a beautiful example, you hateful little man.