San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s keynote address to the Democratic National Convention sought to establish a middle class where with hard work, “everybody ought to be able to get there, and stay there.” The sad irony is that Castro twice interjected this recommendation for the pursuit of and contentment with mediocrity as he described his and his twin brother’s own rise from their grandparent’s immigrant poverty to the heights of elected office.
The problem with demonizing the successful portion of our population is how to convince people to just want to be average, especially when you parade out people to deliver that message who aren’t. Nor does the pursuit of normalness seem like a successful recipe for creating a country of hope, dreams, motivation, innovation and education. Neither would it make a particularly inspirational bedtime speech for your kids. But I suppose if you’re going to place all your eggs in the basket of hopeless averageness, you’d better somehow make the basket desirable.
Perhaps there really is no upper, lower or middle class but rather a class of America that wants to make this a country our grandchildren and great grandchildren can appreciate and enjoy and is willing to accept the fact that hard work and sacrifice for all of us will be required. And a class that doesn’t want to do that. In November we’ll find out which class wins.
Kyle Toal, Oklahoma City