What really made me laugh was that this was with the same cruise line that the last Nation Cruise was on, though not quite the same itinerary. So I knew the setting. Of course, to the conservatives, it is only right and proper that all the staff should be people of color from poor countries. (The article does not mention that they were mostly male, though.) The captain was a white man, of course.This means that god is in his heaven with everyone in his or her designated place. Some are designed to give, others to receive. The goodies will trickle down to the worthy who work hard to serve the rich and who know their place.
This failure of social insight has killed the Republicans. A subordinate destroyed Romney with a video where he contemptuously dismissed the unworthies who collect entitlements and so would not vote for him anyway. I wonder if he did not assume that all those hard-working worthy underlings who served him agreed with his assessment of the value and agency of the 47%.
Anyone who has been around rich people knows that they have pretty much the same back story about how they worked their way up to their present eminence from modest beginnings. All the people who helped them get where they were have been delighted to help them, as far as they know, and truly admire or even love them. They are full of noblesse oblige, and they have no sense whatsoever of how the people who work for them might actually feel about them. So of course they feel very personally this rejection of them by the majority of the voters.
We decided against the Cruise this year. Of course the contradictions are blatant to the point of absurdity-- eating fancy food while discussing the plight of the poor on food stamps is a bit much--but this really does not bother me. It is possible for me to function just fine in the face of these absurdities. In a way, the National Review bunch may seem to be walking their particular walk by participating in a luxury cruise; they are the best people, as they see it, and they are demonstrating their sense of entitlement. But they are so ridiculous, poor things. The hurt, the anger!
It is not wise to live in a bubble. Affluent people can fall into this trap. When things don't go their way, such people overreact and take it personally. A few good bumps may wake them up.
It is never too late to join the human race.
And I love this Kästner Christmas poem. Thanks, David. I'm sure the National Review Cruisers would approve of this message to poor children everywhere.