Let Us All Praise “Hardworking” “Patriotic” Americans. But What About We “Productive” Americans?


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Democratic presidential candidates endlessly evoke and praise “hard-working Americans.” Listen to Elizabeth Warren:

Hard-working Americans who play by the rules deserve retirement security. Hard-working Americans have too often been given the short end of the stick. Trump tries to turn hard-working Americans against other hard-working Americans. Most hard-working Americans across this country are not improving under the Trump administration

Not to be outdone, Amy Klobuchar used the phrase “hard-working Americans” four times in a one-page press release. Biden cannot say the word “Americans” if not preceded by “hard working.” 

Note these candidates never praise “productive Americans.” Being lawyers, they confuse input (hard work) with output (more and better goods and services). Early in their careers, Warren, Klobuchar and Biden learned that running up billable hours eclipse actual accomplishments.

By contrast, Trump’s pet phrase is “patriotic Americans.” Trump tweets that “patriotic Americans like YOU are what make this country run,” urges children to “always be proud, patriotic Americans,” praises patriotic Americans for loving the police, salutes patriotic Americans on Veterans Day, and labels NASCAR “a sport for patriotic Americans. Trump warns that “Democrats are trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans.” And he contends, “People who want their immigration laws enforced, and their borders secured, are not racists. They are patriotic Americans…” 

Other than loving police and abusing immigrants, what identifies a “patriotic American”? Military service is not necessary since bone spurs deny this opportunity to the most patriotic of Americans. Other government service is disqualifying. The FBI, CIA, and State Department overflow with traitorous deep-staters; all other agencies packed with lazy, unelected bureaucrats. 

Perhaps shouting “Lock her up!” while watching NASCAR is sufficient to make one a patriot. 

As Trump panders to “patriotic Americans” and Democrats pander to “hard working Americans,” I ask, “Doesn’t anyone want my vote?”

Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford, the former CEO of KING Broadcasting, has written humor for Crosscut.com and the Huffington Post. He is the author of "The CEO Pay Machine."



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