Weekend thoughts on Working Class Heroes (with music)

I’ve been thinking about working class heroes lately. People who fight for the impoverished and downtrodden, and also for those slightly better off — the bricks in the wall, the cogs in the machine, the cubicle-dwellers and customer-greeters.

Both exist in great numbers in a society like ours. Both suffer greatly.

The downtrodden are the castaways, the constantly hungry, who fill our streets and yearn for release and relief:

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The cogs are used for their work …

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… eaten by their masters …

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… then cast off themselves when age makes them useless:

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A Working Class Hero stands for all these — the cogs, the cast-off, the castaway old. A One-Percent Hero stands for the boots on their neck.

■ This is a Working Class Hero (careful, contains the F-word):

■ And this is a One-Percent Hero. A man who says this in 2008 (careful, contains the P-word) …

… and does this a few years later …

President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past

is a Working Class Traitor. And if you look back at what he said a few years earlier than that, you might find yourself calling him a World-Class L-word as well.

Music for a benefit-cutting Sunday.

GP

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Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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