Have you ever been asked what "class" you belong to? Judging by political rhetoric, especially that which comes from the left, class is everything. Here is a quick guide:
Upper Class: Bad
Middle Class: Good
Lower Class: Victims
It is for instance perfectly acceptable to talk about how bad, greedy, selfish, lazy, self centered etc. the "upper Class" is.
It is mandatory to speak of the virtue, hard working, trustworthiness and importance of the "middle class".
As for the "lower class", we don't really use the term "lower" because that would be insensitive. Instead it is the working poor or those struggling to get by, but as we all know, the "lower class" are victims of the "upper class".
So I will now tell you what class I belong to...none of them. I am a Christian, I am a husband, a veteran an American. I love my wife and kids dearly. I like BBQs and a good steak. I enjoy John Wayne movies and think Jane Austin was a literary genius. I like impressionist paintings, especially Monet's lily pads. My music collection is very eclectic with everything from Beethoven to blue grass to rock. I like football and baseball. I love working outside clearing brush and planting trees. I am a horrible mechanic. I love to teach and to engage in discussion with others about religion, politics, economics and a whole host of other topics. I have 10 new ideas of what I would like to accomplish on our ten acres every day, with the understanding that I might actually get around to 1 or 2 of them in the next 5 years.
I am all of these things. And all of these things together will tell you far more about me than you probably ever wanted to know. But just about anyone of these things will tell you more about who I am than my current economic status. You see, all of the things I have listed above have accurately defined aspects of my personality and character far more than what my income does. And I believe that is true of everyone I have ever met.
One other thing about me that I should probably mention. I reject, with passion, the practice of assigning people a "class" based on nothing more than their temporary economic status. This is America. We don't categorize people in this way. If the Democrats would like to, let them. Let them be the ones to borrow the Marxist view that you are nothing more then the sum total of what you currently make. I believe that each individual is far more accurately defined by their hopes, dreams, aspirations, charity, and yes, actions, regardless of how much they may have made in the process. I applaud those who have made a great deal of money providing goods and services that their fellow man desired. I oppose those who make their fortunes through the force of their political connections rather then their ability to serve their fellow man in the free market.
As liberty minded individuals we need to stop adopting the rhetoric of the left, which seeks to constantly separate people based off of arbitrary numbers. We need to be more than that. We need to remind people that we believe in the power of the individual. We believe that free men and women working in concert with one another through voluntary cooperation, have achieved more than bureaucrats and politicians could ever dream.
So will I "fight for the middle class"? Honestly I don't even know what that means. What I will fight for is the God given liberties and rights of all people to dream, strive, work and achieve their goals. Not through the force of government, by providing an environment which values and protects individual liberty.