The One-Percenters believe they are being persecuted. Have compared themselves to the Jews persecuted by the Nazis. Okay, so here’s my problem. Either, we need to drag them out of their houses in the middle of the night while their neighbors watch and torture and kill them, or they should have a little more respect for what Jews went through.
I really think this whole thing about being persecuted for your wealth is ludicrous. A One-Percenter on Bloomberg News said that others should stop envying them and emulate them. However, if that is the case then there would be no teachers, or garbage men, police officers or civil servants. Everyone would be looking at what they can get on the backs of someone else and no one would be interested in helping each other.
This fantasy that Americans quote unquote pull ourselves up by our bootstraps is a fable that those who make it tell those who haven’t. It’s not because of lack of opportunity, poor living conditions, inadequate schools, or broken families. It’s because you didn’t work hard enough. It doesn’t matter that the ones who have made it usually have at least the right networks and the right schooling. No, it’s because they work harder than other Americans.
Work Harder! I’ve seen people that make little to nothing work hard. I know for a fact teachers work hard. I know that those who pick fruit work hard. I know those that do the jobs that some people stick their noses up at work really hard. And still they may never make it.
The truth is that in order for others to have, someone has to have not. The truth is the reason these lies are stuffed down poor people’s throats is to keep them quiet. The truth is the reason One-Percenters tell themselves they are being persecuted is to quiet their guilt and help them sleep better at night.