The party of “the little guy” is the GOP

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The party of "the little guy" is the GOP

trump-for-america-bw-and-colorBy John Ruberry

I haven’t read all of the thou­sands of John Podesta emails hacked by Wik­ileaks – has any­one yet? – but what I have read they betray a Demo­c­ra­tic Party obsessed with two things: Money and power.

Lib­eral writer Thomas Frank, in his sec­ond great (gasp!) Guardian col­umn in less than a week, accu­rately por­trays the mod­ern Demo­c­ra­tic Party:

Let us start with the Democ­rats. Were you to draw a Venn dia­gram of the three groups whose inter­ac­tion defines the modern-​day Demo­c­ra­tic party – lib­er­als, mer­i­to­crats and plu­to­crats – the space where they inter­sect would be an island seven miles off the coast of Mass­a­chu­setts called Martha’s Vineyard.

I’m going to drive the point home by remind­ing you that John F. Kennedy Jr, who was a lib­eral, mer­i­to­crat, and a plu­to­crat, was fly­ing to Martha’s Vine­yard to attend a cousin’s wed­ding when the air­plane he was pilot­ing crashed into the Atlantic. The Vine­yard is Barack Obama’s favorite vaca­tion spot–he’s been there seven times while pres­i­dent. Martha’s Vine­yard the play­ground of the Demo­c­rat elit­ists. Bill and Hillary Clin­ton have vaca­tioned there sev­eral times. In August her cam­paign held a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser on the island, just days after a dev­as­tat­ing flood struck Louisiana.

In those Podesta emails, I haven’t so far found any men­tion of blacks, unless it’s about the black vote, the group that Democ­rats claim to cham­pion more than any­one. But other than vot­ing en masse for the Democ­rats and celebrity cam­paign appear­ances by peo­ple like Jay-​Z, African-​Americans oth­er­wise aren’t much use for the Democrats.

Blue col­lar work­ers, a sec­tion of the elec­toral pie that has been shrink­ing for decades, appear to be miss­ing from the Podesta emails too. They are also absent from Martha’s Vine­yard, from what I hear, unless they are mod­ern George Wilsons from The Great Gatsby, duti­fully repair­ing plu­to­crats’ Tes­las. The work­ing class, once the biggest chunk of the FDR coali­tion, is head­ing towards the Repub­li­can Party. Per­haps a major­ity of them are inside the GOP tent already. And you won’t find what Michael Moore calls “the for­got­ten work­ing stiff” on any vaca­tion, because the left­ist flamethrower pointed out last month his stiff hasn’t “had a real vaca­tion in years.”

Some blacks besides the First Fam­ily “hol­i­day” on the Vine­yard, but in a 2009 arti­cle in New York mag­a­zine, Touré dis­missed them as African-​Americans who are “the only ones,” such as the only black in the room, neigh­bor­hood, or workplace.

No man is an island entire of itself,” John Donne wrote nearly 400 years ago, “every man is a piece of the con­ti­nent, a part of the main.” Unless of course you are a mem­ber of the Demo­c­rat elite. An island acces­si­ble only by boats and air­planes is a fit­ting hang­out for them.

Which leaves “the left­over peo­ple” for the Repub­li­cans. Sure, the elit­ists will blame the decline in union­iza­tion of the blue col­lar work force as why the left­overs have fallen behind.

Maybe.

Also dis­cov­ered in Podesta’s Wik­iLeaks cache was an email from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who advised the Clin­ton cam­paign to choose a city out­side of Wash­ing­ton for its head­quar­ters because they would be bet­ter posi­tioned to hire “low paid per­ma­nent employ­ees.” And just what wage does Schmidt view as low paid? Is it less than the $15 min­i­mum wage that Democ­rats call for?

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Oh, if Schmidt really believes every verse in the Demo­c­ra­tic mantra, then why isn’t Google unionized?

So, no, the Demo­c­ra­tic Party isn’t the cham­pion of “the lit­tle guy” any­more, just as Martha’s Vine­yard isn’t a vaca­tion des­ti­na­tion for blacks liv­ing in Boston’s impov­er­ished Dorch­ester neigh­bor­hood. Iron­i­cally it’s a bil­lion­aire from Man­hat­tan who, at least this autumn, has made “the lit­tle guy” feel at home within the Repub­li­can Party.

John Ruberry, whose clos­est brush with Martha’s Vine­yard has been South Boston, reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

trump-for-america-bw-and-colorBy John Ruberry

I haven’t read all of the thousands of John Podesta emails hacked by Wikileaks–has anyone yet?–but what I have read they betray a Democratic Party obsessed with two things: Money and power.

Liberal writer Thomas Frank, in his second great (gasp!) Guardian column in less than a week, accurately portrays the modern Democratic Party:

Let us start with the Democrats. Were you to draw a Venn diagram of the three groups whose interaction defines the modern-day Democratic party – liberals, meritocrats and plutocrats – the space where they intersect would be an island seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts called Martha’s Vineyard.

I’m going to drive the point home by reminding you that John F. Kennedy Jr, who was a liberal, meritocrat, and a plutocrat, was flying to Martha’s Vineyard to attend a cousin’s wedding when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic. The Vineyard is Barack Obama’s favorite vacation spot–he’s been there seven times while president. Martha’s Vineyard the playground of the Democrat elitists. Bill and Hillary Clinton have vacationed there several times. In August her campaign held a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser on the island, just days after a devastating flood struck Louisiana.

In those Podesta emails, I haven’t so far found any mention of blacks, unless it’s about the black vote, the group that Democrats claim to champion more than anyone. But other than voting en masse for the Democrats and celebrity campaign appearances by people like Jay-Z, African-Americans otherwise aren’t much use for the Democrats.

Blue collar workers, a section of the electoral pie that has been shrinking for decades, appear to be missing from the Podesta emails too. They are also absent from Martha’s Vineyard, from what I hear, unless they are modern George Wilsons from The Great Gatsby, dutifully repairing plutocrats’ Teslas. The working class, once the biggest chunk of the FDR coalition, is heading towards the Republican Party. Perhaps a majority of them are inside the GOP tent already. And you won’t find what Michael Moore calls “the forgotten working stiff” on any vacation, because the leftist flamethrower pointed out last month his stiff hasn’t “had a real vacation in years.”

Some blacks besides the First Family “holiday” on the Vineyard, but in a 2009 article in New York magazine, Touré dismissed them as African-Americans who are “the only ones,” such as the only black in the room, neighborhood, or workplace.

“No man is an island entire of itself,” John Donne wrote nearly 400 years ago, “every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Unless of course you are a member of the Democrat elite. An island accessible only by boats and airplanes is a fitting hangout for them.

Which leaves “the leftover people” for the Republicans. Sure, the elitists will blame the decline in unionization of the blue collar work force as why the leftovers have fallen behind.

Maybe.

Also discovered in Podesta’s WikiLeaks cache was an email from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who advised the Clinton campaign to choose a city outside of Washington for its headquarters because they would be better positioned to hire “low paid permanent employees.” And just what wage does Schmidt view as low paid? Is it less than the $15 minimum wage that Democrats call for?

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

Oh, if Schmidt really believes every verse in the Democratic mantra, then why isn’t Google unionized?

So, no, the Democratic Party isn’t the champion of “the little guy” anymore, just as Martha’s Vineyard isn’t a vacation destination for blacks living in Boston’s impoverished Dorchester neighborhood. Ironically it’s a billionaire from Manhattan who, at least this autumn, has made “the little guy” feel at home within the Republican Party.

John Ruberry, whose closest brush with Martha’s Vineyard has been South Boston, regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.