That is a country song.
Or at least a country club song. Not that everyone who is a member of a country club is exactly the same. Some just do it because they can.
I'm fine with that!
But so many of this type have their entire self-worth calculated by their membership. Or if it's not the club, it's the car (Lexus, Beemers, Range Rovers, Mercedes...), the clothes, the jewelry, the vanity surgery, the private schools, the gated community...
Again, there are people who simply like some of these things and they've earned them.
I'm fine with that!
Earned them. That's the key word.
And by the way, not all of these people call themselves liberals.
I have something to add to that old saw that if a man's not a liberal at 20 he has no heart, and if not a conservative at 40 he has no brain.
I would add that if he has a big inheritance (or married money), he'll call himself a conservative but really be a liberal. That's how people like Lamar Alexander and Lindsey Graham get elected.
Many people have noted that the problem with the health care system in America is that the consumer has gradually been separated from the provider by a third party, the health insurance providers. Thus the dollar value of a visit to the doctor has become meaningless. Going to the doctor on copays has made it like going into the Chinese buffet and loading your plate up with crab legs and lobster.
The same has happened regarding life in general with a huge segment of my generation. Our parents did so well, and we have suffered so little for the blessings we have, that few of us really know the meaning of a dollar any more. Few of us have started businesses. Few of us have financed our houses out of our own pocket. Or our cars. Or tuition to private schools. Or our credit card debt.
It all came from mommy and daddy. Or at least all the over-the-top stuff did.
If these folks were left on their own in the real world, they would sink, not swim. And if you strip away all the pretense you will find that they loath themselves for their own incompetence and attack others to compensate.
The first sign of such people is that they hate Sarah Palin. The second sign is that they hate Donald Trump.
For between the two of them, Palin and Trump completely negate the inflated self-worth of the country club set. Palin, by starting with nothing and making something of herself. Trump, by starting with something and being willing to risk it all to make it bigger. And succeeding.
Palin's and Trump's achievements completely pop the status bubble of the country club set. Palin can laugh at their political correctness from her earned stature on the outside, and Trump can sit right among them on the inside, seeing right through them, making them all look small.
It's no wonder the country club set recoils and sneers when either name is mentioned.
Most of the folks of my generation in this "country club set" have not earned a bit of what they've got that makes them feel set apart from average Joe. And in fact they have nothing in common with the average Joe. But it's not that the Lexus or the club membership or the pedicures and massage therapy that makes them better than the average Joe. In fact, they are worse. They are what is know as white trash, be they white, black, Asian, natural blondes, or otherwise.
Rather, it's more likely the average Joe that goes to church and tithes to serve his Maker and help his neighbor. It's more likely the average Joe who doesn't just lament the fate of the poor victims of the tornadoes but actually gets down there and works a help center. It's more likely the average Joe who serves his country in the armed forces and is proud if his children do. It's more likely the average Joe who can be counted on at any time, under any conditions. It's more likely the average Joe who is willing to get his hands dirty creating a business out of his garage these days. It's the average Joe who may only earn $10 an hour, but by God he's earned what he's got.
It's the average Joe who looks at Barack Obama and recognizes him for the incompetent prig he is.
It's the average Joe who responds to Sarah Palin and Donald Trump with cheers.
It's the average Joe who will vote his conscience, not whatever is cool at the club.
And I'm fine with that!