In India, and other parts of the world, they have a cultural system known as a Caste. While this system was most predominant decades and centuries ago in these cultures, it still hangs around and is practiced by a dwindling number of people. Karl Marx, of Communist Manifesto fame, adapted the Caste system for Western consumption and it is part of our lexicon today, albeit not recognized as such.
To understand this concept more we need to look at the Caste system. Think of it like a triangle. At the top sits the wealthy elite and nobles. They are few and powerful hence their station at the top of the triangle. At the bottom we find the peasantry. They are poor undesirables with little power and vast in number hence their station at the bottom of the triangle. In the middle, is what is referred to today as the middle class, naturally. The merchants, professionals, craftsmen and workers lay in this bridge between poor and rich. In India, the Caste system was set in such a way that you were not allowed to move from one level to the next. If you were born a poor peasant, there you would stay for the rest of your life. This is where your parents were, their parents, and on and on, and so will be your children and their children for ever and ever. This kind of system was seen to an extent in Europe throughout the middle ages, the Renaissance, and up to the Enlightenment. Nobles were of noble blood and rarely found themselves amongst the peasantry, and vice versa.
But all that changed with the Enlightenment and the subsequent Revolution in North America. The Founding Fathers of the United States believed that all men were created equal and just because you were born into a working class family you should not be classified as such for all your life. They believed that if you wanted to become wealthy and move up in society then you have the choice to do so, and likewise, you have the choice to remain in the station for which you were born, or fall in with the peasantry if your choices lead you to that place. The Founders knew that some are meant to rise to the top while others are meant to sink to the bottom, but no one should be cast into a group merely because they were born into that group. And so it was for several centuries in America where a man could be anything he wanted to be, and that is the American Dream.
Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-bedroom log cabin on the frontiers of Kentucky to a father who had seen his own family killed by Indians and forced to make his own way without a family at a very young age. Abraham became a lawyer, Congressman, and then President who freed the slaves and held together a nation. Oprah Winfrey was born in the backwoods of rural Mississippi to a teenaged mother. She was raised in the inner city of Milwaukee where she was raped at the age of 9. She was later raised by a man she called her father in Tennessee where she was further abused. She became one of the most influential and wealthy women in America. The list can go on and on with others like Sheldon Adelson, Kirk Kerkorian, Michael Jordan, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Chris Gardner, and so many more. But the one that is most left out is that of Barack Hussein Obama. A man born to a Kenyan father and a mother from Kansas; they were both students at the time. Obama was by no means born into wealth, power, or prestige and his young life reflected such. But today, this poor black man is the President of the United States of America. An achievement no other black man or woman has accomplished before him. I dare say that these stories could only have come from one place – the USA.
If you listen to the Left, however, you would believe that America does in fact have a Caste system. Obama makes speeches about how the poor are forever stuck in a world where they will never be able to amount to their full potential if not for government help and hand-outs. The Left is notorious for telling stories of how cuts to Medicaid will force millions to go without healthcare; how cuts to education will force children to starve; and general cuts to welfare will make scores of people eat cat food, suffer through winters without heat and summers without air conditioning. The Left provides us daily with stories about the middle class and how cuts to government will lay off hundreds of thousands of workers dependent on a government paycheck. They tell us that tax burdens will fall on the middle class while disproportionally helping the wealthy.
The mistake we all make when listening to their pablum is that we see these Castes in our minds. We believe that there are classes of elites, poor and those in the middle, and we speak of them as though they are forever set. But in the United States there exists no such Caste system other than the one we make for ourselves. Now, unfortunately, as the government grows larger and defines itself more as a welfare redistribution machine rather than a protector of God given Rights, this inferred Caste become more and more real as it becomes harder and harder for people to do the things necessary to enrich their lives through capitalism and determination.
Karl Marx brought to the West this ridiculous notion of classes, where you are what you are for ever and ever because of capitalism and the like. Our Founding Fathers, from the Enlightenment, gave us the notion that all men are created equal and that we are not bound by artificial constructs of institutions. The Democratic Party makes us believe that Karl Marx is right and that only the elite in Washington can save us from this Capitalist imposed Caste. The irony, however, is that as the Left purports to save us from this Capitalist Caste system, they are in fact creating this system. They do this by providing welfare to the needy, but as the famous proverb tells us, if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime. This shows to us that people will take something if offered, and then do nothing else. But if forced to work for something they will. So why should people make their lives better by working when the government will give what they need without work; thus, holding them in one Caste through dependency.
The reason people like Abraham Lincoln or Oprah Winfrey became powerful people was not because they received a handout from the government through myriad welfare programs, but rather because they were determined to make the most of their lives despite the deplorably challenging events in which they were born. In a world portrayed by the Left, these people would never have been able to reach the heights in which they did because they were born to the peasantry, and the peasantry is where they would stay. Regrettably for the Left, the truth is that these people changed their station in life on their own, without help in doing so by the government, but let’s not challenge the Left on this because we may be called racist.