Americans often swear by beliefs about our nation that may have been true at one time, but are no longer legitimate. One of them is that America is a classless meritocracy, the ultimate “land of opportunity,” with no privileged royalty. Unlike anywhere else, we’re told, the talented and ambitious can always rise from the slums to the top of the wealth chain, while the supposed blue bloods sink if they don’t carry their weight.
Through the 1970s this myth was more or less true. But ever since Reagan’s election, American social mobility has been sliding backward, with the U.S. now falling behind Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Cana – da, Australia, Japan and other countries with regard to income inequality. In fact, income inequality in America has widened to levels not seen since the Great Depression.
But you don’t need statistics and studies to understand this big reversal of the American Dream—just look at the parade of privileged halfwits on TV and Capitol Hill. An idiot like George W. Bush gets into Yale and is even elected President twice, with the sole qualification being that his last name is Bush. Today we have two unworthy boobs in the White House charged with managing much of our federal government and even our diplomacy—Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Neither of them would cut it past regional sales manager for a toilet wholesaler if they had not been born sucking on silver spoons.
And on the ever-expanding roster of “political analysts” on TV, we’re subjected to Meghan McCain babbling bromides on The View, the all-female talk show that The New York Times rates as the most important political talk show of all, mainly because the majority of voters in many recent elections have been women. The View speaks directly to their concerns, with 3 million viewers tuning in every morning, 72% of them female. After the resident conservative, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, left in 2013, the show struggled to find a sparky replacement until luring McCain from Fox. What is her main qualification for being a political pundit? “I’m John McCain’s daughter!” she blasts at every opportunity.