So argues Katie Kieffer at Townhall:
For the first time in American history, the middle class is no longer a majority. Last month, Pew Research Center reported that less than 50% of Americans make between $42,000 and $126,000 a year. Over half of Americans are “lower class,” making under $42,000 annually while a handful of already-affluent Americans grows even wealthier. It’s infuriating, because our country has historically proffered increasingly better opportunities to each successive generation of Americans.
Republicans in Congress recently elected John Boehner Junior, Paul Ryan, as their leader. Then, 150 Republicans voted for Ryan’s $1.15 trillion spending bill, which funded Planned Parenthood, Obama’s insufficiently-vetted Syrian refugee program, sanctuary cities and the release of criminal illegal immigrants into society. In their hearts, Republicans know we didn’t send them to Washington to sip Scotch and play Hopscotch. They don’t care.More.
Reality check: Katie, they don’t have to care. The reasons the middle class is declining are historical and structural. The power and money will come from marketing the newly needy, often to struggle against each other in identity group conflicts.
Also from Kieffer:
That said, there’s enormous hope and encouragement in knowing that your neighbors crave real reform and are no longer afraid to break free from the restrictions of the two-party system. Share this with your friends and encourage them to lobby for more parties; more choices; and more transparency in the political process.
Check out how that worked out in Europe and Canada first. It’s not—in principle—a bad idea. Ut it is not a solution to the problem you are outlining. Third parties help rising classes, not declining classes.
Few want the business of declining classes, except for the fun of sneering at them, violating their rights, and seizing their assets. You said it yourself:
Obama “regularly insults Americans [especially Christian Americans] by suggesting that all Americans lack the values and discipline to overcome or be cautious of how much we allow our prejudices to inform us in any given situation,” a disappointed citizen named Ben Riechers wrote into the Star Tribune last month.
Can the people he sneers at afford to cut up their EBT cards?
See also: No political party wants the Christian’s vote any more
“Identity” as a club to beat, not meet