Newt’s Night

I really enjoyed watching Newt last night in the South Carolina debate.  He just killed it.  His back and forth with Juan Williams
on minority (un)employment showed that when Newt is on, he really can nail the left on its abject lack of common sense.  When Williams asked Newt whether suggesting that having poor kids work as janitors is somehow “racially insensitive” and demeaning to minorities, Newt simply said, “no”.  He went on to say:

I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job.

Only on the left is having a job as a janitor worse than no job at all.  Of course, being a lowly janitor is no job for a poor person, right?  After all, it’s much better economically to stay home and collect welfare, food stamps and all sorts of other federal and state programs.

All of which is to state the obvious about leftism — it’s more concerned with equality than with opportunity.  In this view of the world, the person who started in the mail room and grew up to be the CEO of the company is a (literal) impossibility.  Work where? In the mail room? And risk a paper cut? (wait, do they even have mail rooms any more?  Never mind – you get the idea).

On the left, work that isn’t well paid with cradle-to-grave benefits is somehow demeaning and not worth having.  The left misses an essential point that conservatives seem to understand clearly: work is, in itself, an essential element of a healthy life.  Work generates self-esteem, independence and the ability to make independent decisions.  It’s affirming.  Whether it’s being a janitor or a bus driver or a construction worker, earning a pay check is a good thing.

So the crowd last night at the South Carolina debate stood and cheered Newt when he pointed out the shear lunacy of Williams’ question, and responded with a credo that any conservative can support: we affirm the right for any American — of any background or race — to get a job and make something of themselves.  It’s the American dream.

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