The last statistic I read stated 90% of Americans identify themselves as middle class.

Every politician has one obligation which makeup the foundation of democracy, represent the people from their state. Two of the three branches of government are elected by the people, and as cliché as it sounds, for the people. These senators wield tremendous powers including declaration of war, law and regulation, fiscal management, and judicial appointment. Everyone can recognize their importance and their necessity in politics. Possessing these senatorial entities prevents collapse of government and fend off totalitarian regimes. These difficult positions come with heavy burdens and constant demands for immediate successes; our collective “needs” and “requests” are never answered or given attention fast enough or thoroughly enough.

A problem arises, however, when politicians forget their contractual obligations and becomes obsessed with reelection campaigns. While understandable, everyone wants their job save in this economy, this remains inexcusable. Politicians who are as amazing as they claim during election season do not need to state such, instead they should continue their amazing work in service to the population. Alas, reelections happen and old rhetoric, or Orwell like “newspeak”, propagate media. Middle Class. Simply these two words are the most dangers, most destructive for our nation. I must speak bluntly for a moment, everyone reading this think of all the people you know and categorize them into economic classes; now, how many of these people would agree with your assessment and how many times did you use the term “Middle Class.” Coincidence or chance so many people around you are middle class, have you ever challenged the idea of “Middle Class?” Try and organize people into the following groups:

Social Class                    Education                          Income

Capitalist ≥ Prestigious University 500,000+

Upper Middle ≥ College, Postgraduate 100,000

Lower Middle ≥ High school, college 50,000

Working = High school 30,000

Working Poor ≤ High school 16,000

Underclass < High school 10,000

James M. Henslin, Essentials of Sociology: A down-to-Earth Approach, 4th edition (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2002) Chapter 8.

“Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” Henry Clay, United States statesman.

When you break down the definition of social classes you do not remove their importance to society but only prioritize their place within it. Understanding that political leaders need your vote for survival places the concept of social classes back into context. Ask yourself during election season, “What does he mean when he says ‘Middle Class,'” and “Does he ever use ‘Upper Class’ or ‘Lower Class?'” Whose indefinable class side are they on.

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